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Tim Burton is back with 'Miss Peregrine'

September 26, 2016

The cult director of "Beetlejuice" and "Alice in Wonderland" is the specialist of eccentric characters. With "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children," Tim Burton revisits a few of his favorite things.

Film still from 'Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Tim Burton'  (Copyright: picture alliance/AP Photo/J.Maidment)
Image: picture alliance/AP Photo/J.Maidment

Peculiar is a word that quickly comes to mind when considering Tim Burton's iconic style, established through his 18 feature films over the last 30 years. Very often, he creates eerie universes featuring outsiders that cannot properly be defined as children nor adults.

For his latest film, he adapted Ransom Rigg's best-selling novel for young adults, "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children," into a 3D dark fantasy adventure movie.  The title of the book sounds like it was created for the US filmmaker.

It tells the story of a boy who is misunderstood by his family and travels back in time to a World War II-era orphanage for eccentric children, hidden in an alternative world on a mysterious island. These children have special abilities. Typical ones include being inhumanly strong or invisible, but others boast even more unusual features, such as having a beehive in the stomach or an extra mouth in the back of the head.

Tim Burton's adaptation stars Asa Butterfield as the main character, the 16-year-old Jacob "Jake" Portman, and Eva Green as Miss Peregrine, the headmistress of the home who shape-shifts into a peregrine falcon. Samuel L. Jackson is the leader of the dangerous "Wights" that Jake will need to confront to protect the peculiar children.

The film premiered in the US on September 25 and will hit theaters worldwide within the following days. The release date in Germany is October 6.

To find out more about Tim Burton's universe, click through the gallery below on the touring exhibition featuring his artwork, "The World of Tim Burton."

Portrait of a young woman with red hair and glasses
Elizabeth Grenier Editor and reporter for DW Culture