‘Miss Peregrine’ and Tim Burton: The Making of a Film Fable

September 24, 2016 TV News

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (2016)

Ransom Riggs’s novel “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” with its haunting photos, quirky outsiders and feel for the macabre, reads a bit like a Tim Burton movie. And, fittingly, it has now become one. The director of “Beetlejuice” and “Edward Scissorhands” was drawn to “Miss Peregrine” (in theaters Sept. 30) because it fell in line with the themes he often explores: misfits struggling to be understood and tales that blend the comic and the tragic. The “Peculiar Children” of the title possess special abilities, like the power to reanimate dead creatures or shoot fire from their fingers. For this story of a teenage boy (Asa Butterfield) who uncovers a family mystery that involves a handful of those children, invisible monsters known as Hollows, and time travel, Mr. Riggs built his narrative around vintage photographs he collected. Read More