In the past few years, the formula for a successful young adult book adaptation to the big screen, if one were to look at examples such as the “Hunger Games” film trilogy, “The Maze Runner” film trilogy and the highly successful “Divergent” film trilogy, is fairly simple. Get a young adult book set in a dystopic future, and which has themes of science fiction and adventure. However, there is one upcoming movie, which is also based on a trilogy of young adult books, which defies this norm- the movie adaptation of “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.” Read on to learn as to how this movie will change things when it comes to book to movie adaptations.
Published in 2011, “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”, written by Ransom Riggs, presented an interesting take on fantasy genre. It offshoots have grown popular in recent years, such as the high epic fantasy presented in HBO’s “Game of Thrones” series, based on the “Song of Fire and Ice” books of George R.R. Martin, and the boom of young adult literature that deal with vampires and the like, thanks to the popularity of Stephanie Meyer’s “Twilight.”
However, Riggs’ take on this beloved genre is quite different. He delved into something a little bit more novel as the book is definitely described as a dark fantasy, bordering a little into the horror genre.
According to Riggs’ official website, “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”, the first in a trilogy of novels, the last of which will be released sometime later this month, follows sixteen-year-old Jacob Portman as he launches an investigation into a mysterious orphanage with peculiarly gifted children in Wales. It was after discovering that his recently late grandfather had lived there many years ago. Along the way, he befriends these children and embarks on a journey in which he discovers that he might just be peculiar as well.
According to an article on Screen Rant, “Beetlejuice” and “Nightmare Before Christmas’” Tim Burton, a legendary filmmaker who specializes in dark fantasy and horror films, will be directing the film adaptation of the book, which is slated for release on Mar. 4, 2016.
Never has a book to movie adaptation been so fitting for a film director as this project is for Tim Burton, who has proved, time and time again, in his films, that he is no stranger to delivering dark, strange, and completely bizarre worlds to his viewers. This is what makes him so perfect for this project.
“Hugo’s” and “Ender’s Game’s” Asa Butterfield might not have made it become the next Peter Parker in the reboot of MARVEL’s favorite web-slinger. However, the actor will find himself wonderfully challenged with regards to his acting abilities in this film, in which he will be starring as the sixteen-year-old Jacob Portman.
According to Screen Rant, aside from Butterfield, actress Eva Green, known for her roles in “Dark Shadows” and “Penny Dreadful”, will be portraying Miss Peregrine, the mistress of the peculiar orphanage.
“Maleficent’s” Ella Purell will be portraying Emma, a young pyrokinetic, while “The Avengers’” and “Star Wars’” Samuel L. Jackson will portray Mr. Barron, who used to be Jacob’s school bus driver. Rounding out this incredible cast is Allison Janney, who will be portraying Jacob’s psychiatrist.
Do you think that this film adaptation will do the novel justice? Are you looking forward to seeing some different fare when it comes to young adult movies? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
And that was all as to why the film version of “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” will exceed expectations, and will be a game changer when it comes to young adult film franchises. For more news, updates on “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” and other movies, keep on following Movie News Guide (MNG).
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” is slated to premiere on Mar. 4, 2016.
Photo Source: Official Facebook Page/Ransom Riggs