Funny Pe­cu­liar

Tim Bur­ton spills on his haunt­ing, mys­te­ri­ous lat­est

Empire (UK) - - PREMIERE - Chris hewitt

hen Tim Bur­ton, was pulling po­ten­tial fu­ture projects from his Tim­bola, one caught his eye right away. he had re­ceived a packet filled with vin­tage pho­to­graphs of chil­dren in macabre sit­u­a­tions. one fea­tured two chil­dren dressed head-to-toe in clown cos­tumes. An­other show­ing a young girl stand­ing in front of a ru­ined build­ing… with a round hole in her torso.

They were the kind of in­sid­i­ously creepy im­ages that feed your night­mares. “i found them haunt­ing and mys­te­ri­ous,” Bur­ton tells Em­pire. “They were in­trigu­ing —i wanted to find out more about them and their world.”

The pic­tures, as it turns out, had il­lus­trated and in­spired ran­som riggs’ best­selling novel, Miss Pere­grine’s Home For Pe­cu­liar Chil­dren, and had been sent to Bur­ton in the hope that they would ap­peal. it worked like a charm.

The story cen­tres on Ja­cob, who trav­els to a mys­te­ri­ous Welsh is­land fol­low­ing the mur­der of his grand­fa­ther, only to find the tit­u­lar in­sti­tu­tion. run by miss Pere­grine, “a weird mary Pop­pins-like char­ac­ter”, Ja­cob dis­cov­ers it’s home to, well, a group of pe­cu­liar chil­dren. “each of them has some­thing unique about them, some kind of abil­ity. But not su­per pow­ers,” ex­plains Bur­ton.

Bur­ton ad­mits that he was “wor­ried about work­ing with kids again”, but he’s sur­rounded his new­com­ers with a crack­ing cast of adults and older teens, in­clud­ing Asa But­ter­field, seen here as Ja­cob along­side ella Pur­nell as emma, and eva Green as miss Pere­grine. And with Jane Gold­man on script­ing du­ties, the foun­da­tions are in place for a truly un­set­tling kids’ flick. not so much funny ha ha, more… well, you get the drift.

Miss Pere­grine’s Home For Pe­cu­liars is out

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