Tim Burton has directed a range of movies, dipped in varying degrees of darkness, chiseled carefully to delight and scare equally. 2007’s Sweeney Todd though looks to be the last time when Burton went truly dark in a successful manner with a movie that could give you the goosebumps as well as keep you hooked. This was followed by his version of Alice in Wonderland, his biggest hit so far, which had the unique Tim Burton touch quite evident on its style of making. Things have been a bit dull since then with Dark Shadows and Frankenweenie hardly evoking much interest, while last year’s biopic Big Eyes was thought to be a possible Oscar contender initially but it never came close. Big Eyes also seemed quite unlike a Tim Burton film, far away from the rage and despair that Sweeney Todd held nor holding the kind of excitement which was there in abundance in Alice in Wonderland. We wondered if the Tim Burton of old was disappearing. Eh, maybe not, if the latest film is anything to go by!
Tim Burton took to Facebook to reveal the poster of his next movie, that has quite a longish title, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Here’s the poster below.
If you haven’t gathered from the poster itself, then the plot of the movie will tell you that this movie is more of the kind we would love Burton to work on. The eerie kind with dark imagery, that is still as entertaining as any blockbuster. It is based on the novel of the same name written by Ransom Riggs. The movie’s plot goes something like this:
Teenager Jacob follows clues that take him to a mysterious island, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s School for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores the abandoned bedrooms and hallways, he discovers that its former occupants were far more than peculiar; they possessed incredible powers. And they may still be alive.
Intrigued, eh? It seems to be first project of Burton since Alice in Wonderland that has me excited and hoping for something truly memorable. The screenplay for the movie has been written by Jane Goldman, which again gets my hopes flying high, for Goldman is the lady behind the screenplay of the recently released hit Kingsman: The Secret Service. Her previous works include X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men: First Class and Kick-Ass, each a brilliantly written film. And if you are wondering whether she has had any experience with a bit of haunted stuff, then yes, she wrote the screenplay for The Woman in Black in 2012. So Jane Goldman as writer, good choice!
The main protagonist of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will be Asa Butterfield, the young teenager who has already assembled an intimidating pile of work in Hollywood. The talented Eva Green has been cast as Miss Peregrine; the movie also stars the likes of Samuel L. Jackson and Judie Dench, so we aren’t missing any star power here.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children looks to be the kind of movie that could bring out the best of Tim Burton once more. What a joy that would bring to those who have admired his incredible range of work over almost three decades. The sequel to Alice in Wonderland is also in the works, though Tim Burton is not directing it. A sequel to Burton’s 1988 movie Beetlejuice is being considered, though as of now we do not know if it would be Burton’s next step. But till then, let’s hope that the new Burton movie, scheduled for a release in early March 2016 in North America, becomes a propelling point to re-launch him in the big list of Hollywood directors.