In what appears to be a continuing match made in heaven (or gothy mise-en-scène), Tim Burton and Eva Green are in talks to reunite for the big screen adaptation of YA novel Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children. The two have worked together previously in 2012's Dark Shadows.
Green, who is currently starring in Penny Dreadful and Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, is up for the role of the headmistress of the orphanage that plays a central role in the novel.
Miss Peregrine's Home For Unusual Children certainly bears all the signs of a story that would attract Tim Burton. By Ransom Riggs, the novel spent 63 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and follows, as The Hollywood Reporter put it, "a teenage boy who is transported to an island where he must help protect a group of orphans with special powers from creatures out to destroy them." The full Amazon description makes it all sound even more Burton-y:
As a kid, Jacob formed a special bond with his grandfather over his bizarre tales and photos of levitating girls and invisible boys. Now at 16, he is reeling from the old man's unexpected death. Then Jacob is given a mysterious letter that propels him on a journey to the remote Welsh island where his grandfather grew up. There, he finds the children from the photographs — alive and well — despite the islanders’ assertion that all were killed decades ago. As Jacob begins to unravel more about his grandfather’s childhood, he suspects he is being trailed by a monster only he can see. A haunting and out-of-the-ordinary read, debut author Ransom Rigg’s first-person narration is convincing and absorbing, and every detail he draws our eye to is deftly woven into an unforgettable whole. Interspersed with photos throughout, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is a truly atmospheric novel with plot twists, turns, and surprises that will delight readers of any age.
"Haunting and out of the ordinary" seems about right. So does the general presence of Eva Green. Let's hope these talks go well.