Tim Burton, the visionary director behind quirky cult oddities such as Edward Scissorhands, Sweeney Todd, and Big Fish, has discovered a new fantasy land to play in with Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. The 2011 young adult best-selling novel by Ransom Riggs is being adapted for the big screen by Burton with stars Eva Green (Casino Royale), Asa Butterfield (Hugo), Ella Purnell, Allison Janney, Terence Stamp, Rupert Everett, Judi Dench, and Samuel L. Jackson. The peculiar tale practically begs Burton to bring it to life, and it goes like this:
When Jake discovers clues to a mystery that spans alternate realities and times, he uncovers a secret refuge known as Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As he learns about the residents and their unusual abilities, Jake realizes that safety is an illusion, and danger lurks in the form of powerful, hidden enemies. Jake must figure out who is real, who can be trusted, and who he really is.
The orphanage is home to children with all kinds of wild eccentricities including but certainly not limited to invisibility, a super cool eye projector, and flight. In typical Burton fashion, the movie will embark on an exhilarating adventure filled with fun and even some scares.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children opens September 30.
That’s the question Russian artist Andrew Tarusov asked himself before putting pen to paper to produce this portfolio of gothic takes on classic Disney films. It’s always interesting to see artist’s renditions of cartoon characters with a Tim Burton twist, and this attempt is no less inspiring.
“I love how Burton’s style looks vintage, chic, and cute all at the same time,” Tarusov told HelloGiggles. “His work is often marketed as ‘horror’ movies, but at the same time, it’s not a horror… It could be any genre.”
Dive into the gallery below to see ten Disney movies reimagined if the shadowy mind behind The Nightmare Before Christmas and Coraline had his way with them. You may never look at Pinocchio and Dumbo–my personal favorites here–the same way again!
Tim Burton’s next project he’s directing is Big Eyes, written by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski. It’s a biopic with Burton’s signature style that focuses on Margaret Keane (Amy Adams), a talented American artist whose husband (Christoph Waltz) takes credit for her work. According to the official logline, “Big Eyes centers on Margaret’s awakening as an artist, the phenomenal success of her paintings, and her tumultuous relationship with her husband, who was catapulted to international fame while taking credit for her work.” It opens December 25.
From director Tim Burton comes another dark (and albeit comedic) film starring his oft go-to actor Johnny Depp. Dark Shadows, based on the gothic soap opera that aired on ABC from 1966-1971, tells the tale of Barnabas Collins (Depp). In the year 1752 he breaks the heart of a witch Angelique Bouchard (Eva Green) and so she transforms him into a vampire and buries him alive. In 1972 Barnabus emerges from his tomb and returns to his home at the Collinwood Manor. His distant relatives are played by Michelle Pfeiffer, Jonny Lee Miller, Chloe Moretz, and Gulliver McGrath. Other supporting actors include Jackie Earle Haley, Bella Heathcote, and another collaborator of Burton’s–his wife–Helena Bonham Carter.
Dark Shadows is set for a May 11 release. Another Tim Burton-directed flick Frankenweeniebows October 5.
Author Seth Grahame-Smith (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies) penned Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter in 2010 and this summer the history/supernatural mashup is coming to theatres in 3D. Here’s a quick synopsis, per Time Entertainment:
Honest Abe is born into an era of bloodsuckers, during a time of mass immigration, as the vampires are being flushed out of Europe. His grandfather was killed by a vampire, his mother was the victim to the poisons of vampire blood. When he’s elected president, he leads the charge into the Civil War as a means of averting a systematic takeover of America by power-hungry vampire hordes.
Though it sounds wacky, the novel went on to be hugely popular making the New York Times bestseller list and the trailer (embedded above) will definitely get your blood pumping. I mean, it’s Abe with an axe fending off vampires in Civil Wars times… what else could you ask for, really? Director Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) and producer Tim Burton collaborated to adapt Grahame-Smith’s vision for the big screen. Benjamin Walker (Flags of Our Fathers) plays the 16th President of the United States. We’ll see if the hype is worth it come June 22.
The first full length trailer of Tim Burton’s take on Alice in Wonderland is here! I am really looking forward to this one. I am betting that amazing visuals and an all-star cast (including Johhny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Alan Rickman, Crispin Golver, and Matt Lucas) will result in one of Burton’s finest movies ever. Burton’s colorful, trippy, and exciting adventure through the looking glass hits theaters March 5, 2010.
This 1982 animated short by Tim Burton is terrifyingly brilliant. Whether you are a Burton follower or not, you will surely enjoy this impeccable work of art and literature (yeah, there’s a rhyming scheme).
You’ve seen the video that takes you inside Tim Burton’s brilliantly creative mind. Now here’s the artwork he was talking about. The Museum of Modern Art will be featuring a Tim Burton exhibit from now until April 26. If you’re in the NYC area you should definitely check it out. If you can’t make it, be sure to look in the gallery below to see what you’re missing; it includes over 40 Burton pieces!
If you’re a fan of director/producer/writer/artist Tim Burton be sure to check out this video of Mr. Burton behind-the-scenes at his gallery exhibit at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Exhibit details are below.
“Opening [11/22] and running through till April 26 next year, Tim Burton is exhibiting a host of drawings, paintings and sketches all of which have been collated throughout his illustrious career. The exhibition takes place at New York’s Museum of Modern Art where further Burton works will be available to purchase. This video gives a fairly in depth behind-the-scenes insight to the way in which the exhibition came about, and what it means to Mr. Burton. If you’re in New York over the period, get down to this one and see how many pieces you can spot that inspired or are inspired by the films of the celebrated director.”
Magazine: Vanity Fair
Published: August 2009.
Models: Helena Bonham-Carter, Johnny Depp, Mia Wasikowska
Photography by Mary Ellen Mark
Cast of Alice In Wonderland photographed by Mary Ellen Mark for the latest issue of Vanity Fair.
Check out an additional image of The Red Queen in the gallery below.
Tim Burton and the strange that he carries with him is back, this time in Alice and Wonderland. USA Today released the first still from the film, along with the main cast. Johnny Depp plays the Mad Hatter, Burton’s wife Helena Bonham Carter plays the Red Queen, Anne Hathaway the White Queen, and the role of Alice will be acted out by 19-year-old Australian actress Mia Wasikowska. Other cast members include Michael Sheen as the White Rabbit, Matt Lucas as twins Tweedledee & Tweedledum, Christopher Lee as The Jabberwock, Crispin Glover as The Knave of Hearts, and Alan Rickman as The Caterpillar. The latest reports state this as the current synopsis of the film: “Alice, 17, attends a party at a Victorian estate only to find she is about to be proposed to in front of hundreds of snooty society types. Off she runs, following a white rabbit into a hole and ending up in Wonderland, a place she visited 10 years before yet doesn’t remember.” Just by looking at the inital stills, one can clearly see that this recreation will be very trippy, colorful, and weirdly unique, no surprise from visionary director Tim Burton. Click here for interactive images from the movie, including peeks at “the white rabbit,” “Alice,” and “The Tweedles.”Alice in Wonderland is set to be released in Disney Digital 3-D on March 3rd, 2010. Look after the break (click “more…”) for the released character images. READ MORE Tim Burton re-imagines "Alice in Wonderland"→