Deadline reported today that screenwriter Jane Goldman is in talks with 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment to adapt Ransom Riggs’ bestselling novel Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children for the cinema screen. Goldman wrote and co-wrote fabulous scripts for Kick-Ass, Stardust, the upcoming adaptation of The Woman in Black and X-Men: First Class. Earlier in the month, Deadline noted that Tim Burton is also interested in directing the film but it’s important to state at this point this comes firmly under the rumour category.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is Riggs’ debut novel and follows 16-year-old Jacob’s search for the truth behind the stories his grandfather told him as a child. Reading the book is itself a visually engaging experience because it includes pages devoted to photographs of the children Jacob’s grandfather supposedly met at Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, including the levitating girl featured on the novel’s cover. The book is published by Quirk; you can find it at your local independent bookshop at this link or watch the beautiful trailer below.
How do you think this novel would adapt to film and what are your thoughts on Jane Goldman and Tim Burton’s rumoured involvement? Where would Johnny Depp fit in? Helena Bonham Carter?