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'Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children' will be directed by Tim Burton

Tim Burton, who's known for his spooky movies, will take on the eerie tale of a boy who explores the ruins of an abandoned children's home.

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Tim Burton will reportedly direct the film adaptation of 'Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.'

Spooky movie master Tim Burton will take on a film adaptation of Ransom Riggs’ young adult novel “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” Word and Film reported.

The 2011 novel follows teenager Jacob, who begins to explore the ruins of the titular home, located on an island near Wales, and learns more about the children who lived there and why they were separated from society. Eerie photographs are interspersed with the text.

Burton is known for strange and scary stories, having directed films such as the animated 2012 film “Frankenweenie,” 2012’s “Dark Shadows,” and 2007’s “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” among others. The movie is being released by 20th Century Fox and the studio is aiming for a July 2015 opening.

The script is being adapted by writer Jane Goldman, who recently penned the screenplays for the 2012 film “The Woman in Black.” She’s also behind the scripts for “X-Men: First Class” and its upcoming sequel, films which “Peregrine” fans know share similarities with the story of Riggs’ novel.

No word on whether Burton’s frequent stars Johnny Depp or partner Helena Bonham-Carter will be appearing in the film.

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