Young Adult Fiction readers are looking forward to the latest book-to-movie “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”, which is set to premiere at Fantastic Fest on the 25th of September, before being released in the UK on the 30th. The movie, directed by Tim Burton and written by Jane Goldman, features big stars such as Eva Green (Casino Royale, 300: Rise of an Empire), Asa Butterfield (Hugo, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas) and Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction, The Hateful Eight).

The story follows 16-year-old Jacob Portman as he travels to a mysterious island and discovers clues to a mystery that spans different worlds and times.

It is there he finds Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Getting to know the residents, he learns about their special powers but Jacob also learns about the danger they are in.

Delayed release

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was originally scheduled to be released in July 2015 but the release was pushed back to March 2016 to give way for the movie adaptation of Paper Towns. It was later pushed further back to December 2016, only to be shifted up to release on the 30th of September.

The filming was set to begin in August 2014 but due to the delayed release eventually began on the 24th of February, 2015. The filming started in the Tampa Bay Area and later moved to Cornwall and Blackpool in the UK, and Belgium.

The novel

It was published in 2011 and was the debut novel of author Ransom Riggs. The novel was originally intended to be a picture book, but on advice of an editor at Quirk Books, Riggs used the pictures as a guide from which to create a narrative. The novel has been praised by critics for creative use of vintage pictures as well as good characterisation and settings.

As of now there are two sequels to Miss Peregrine’s; Hollow City and Library of Souls. Hollow City was published on the 14th of January, 2014, followed by the release of Library of Souls on the 22nd of September, 2015. Earlier this month a prequel to Miss Peregrine’s, named Tales of the Peculiar, was published. The novel contains, as the title suggests, a collection of tales of the peculiar.

There is no doubt that it will be a good movie for those who enjoy watching dark fantasy adventure movies; Tim Burton is an outstanding producer and Jane Goldman delivers great screenplays. Not to mention the amazing cast. There are bound to be differences between the book and the movie, that fans of the book might not like, but Burton stated that he has worked hard to remain true to the original narrative.