Hollywood Reporter says that not only will there be an adaptation of Ransom Riggs’ debut novel Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, but that it will also be directed by Tim Burton, have a script written by the scribe of X-Men: First Class, Jane Goldman, and will hit theaters July 31, 2015. They describe the story as one that “follows a teenage boy who is transported to an island where he must help protect a group of orphans with special powers from creatures out to destroy them.”

Compare and contrast with the book synopsis:

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs.

It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

[via GalleyCat, who also says that Riggs has written a sequel called Hollow City that hits bookstore shelves on January 14, 2014.]

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