When something stands out from the norm, distinct in its mannerisms or behaviour, one might use the word peculiar to describe such characteristics. Whether a person, place or object, the word peculiar describes something which may distinguish itself from convention. When pondering the visionaries of cinema, one may find Tim Burton’s name surfacing when such discussions are held. The visionary director Tim Burton embraces the strange with his latest release, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, as he finds himself with a firm grasp on the unusual.
To completely understand why Tim Burton might be considered peculiar one needs only to look at the director’s diverse filmography. Responsible for a host of recognisable films, each bearing his trademark quirky fantasy style, Tim Burton demonstrates his idiosyncratic approach to cinema. It may be his ability to harness these characteristics, which lead to him creating the captivating moments audiences see on screen.
Audiences got their first look at Tim Burton during his directorial debut in the 80’s. It was around this time Tim Burton released some of his most recognisable works, offerings which affirmed his place upon the director’s seat. Tim Burton’s early catalogue may have consisted of some of cinema’s most iconic characters; featuring a ghost by the name of Beetlejuice and a gentleman named Edward with scissors for hands.
As the years progressed, Tim Burton continued to leave his mark on the world of cinema aimed to demonstrate his particular vision with each sequential offering. With Tim Burton’s latest offering, the director seems to have turned to the world of literature for his inspiration, drawing from the work of another intriguing figure. Enter Ransom Riggs, Florida-born writer with a penchant for the peculiar and the creator of the fictional world Miss Peregrine inhabits, also the source of Tim Burton’s latest inspiration. The tale of Miss Peregrine debuted as a young adult novel and tells the tale of a boy who happens upon a mysterious island and its strange inhabitants.
As Ransom Riggs crafts his tale, it soon becomes apparent the children residing upon this curious island have intriguing attributes. These attributes make themselves known before the tale’s protagonist Jacob Portman, and readers follow the young man’s journey into the obscure as he encounters this cast of peculiar children. From children with super-strength to teenagers with prophetic dreams, the tale aims to touch on a variety of unique characters.
Drawing from the character driven novel of Ransom Riggs, Tim Burton aims to bring this tale to big screen and convey this unusual tale to a wide audience. For the film adaptation Tim Burton has recruited Eva Green (Casino Royal, 300: Rise of an Empire) as the headmistress Miss Peregrine, owner of the home where this quirky cast of characters reside. To play the lead character Jacob Portman, Tim Burton cast English young adult actor Asa Butterfield (Ender’s Game, Hugo).
In the modern era of cinema Hollywood cinema-goers may find many films stemming from a literary counterpart, this may be another example of how source material may be translated for the big screen. Tim Burton seems to be the latest to harness this technique and imbue the adaptation with his unique flair and vision. Bringing characters on page to life and have them realised on screen is something Tim Burton may be familiar with. Tim Burton’s previous adaptations include Alice in Wonderland and Sleepy Hollow, demonstrating the director’s familiarity with transforming the literary to the visual.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children has already sold a million copies and has been translated into over 40 languages, yet there may be many unfamiliar with this intriguing tale. Through Tim Burton’s modern adaptation of Ransom Riggs’s tale, the story of Miss Peregrine and Jacob Portman may reach a wider audience. Audiences young and old may find themselves drawn into the distinct amalgamation of Ransom Riggs’s and Tim Burton’s vision as Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children aims to release on 30th September 2016.
How may the Tim Burton’s film adaptation of “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” reach a new audience?