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.