Tim Burton’s New Film, “Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children,” To Begin Shooting In Tampa Bay In February


February 17, 2015



TAMPA, Fla. / The Tampa Hillsborough Film and Digital Media Commission today announced that “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” a new movie based on the New York Times best-selling debut novel from Florida native Ransom Riggs, will begin shooting in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties over two weeks starting February 24.
 
The Twentieth Century Fox production will be directed by Tim Burton and star Eva Green.  Green shot to international fame with her portrayal of Vesper Lynd alongside Daniel Craig in the 2006 James Bond movie, “Casino Royale,” and also starred in “Dark Shadows,” Burton’s 2012 film with Johnny Depp in the lead role.
 
“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” centers on the adventures of a teenage boy named Jacob who finds himself transported back in time while visiting the remote Welsh island where his grandfather grew up. He discovers a group of orphans with peculiar talents whom he must protect from creatures out to destroy them.
 
“With ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’ following on the heels of our success in attracting ‘The Infiltrator,’ we are beginning to see the results of our efforts to rebuild our film industry,” said Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagan. “We have shown that Hillsborough County is competitive and can win big-budget motion picture projects. We will continue to pursue excellent projects like these that bring opportunities for local businesses as well as high paying jobs and talented film and digital media professionals to our community.”
 
“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” will be the second Tim Burton film to be shot in the Tampa Bay area.  The director, whose films include “Beetlejuice,” “Batman,” “Batman Returns,” “Sleepy Hollow,” and other blockbusters, filmed portions of “Edward Scissorhands” here in 1989.
 
“Landing ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’ is a coup for Tampa Bay,” said Dale Gordon, Executive Director of the Tampa Hillsborough Film and Digital Media Commission. “The book is the first in a best-selling series.  If the Burton adaptation proves successful, there is the potential for a new film franchise to fill the gap left by the conclusion of the Harry Potter series – and high profile, repeat business for professionals and companies in Tampa Bay who would supply goods and services for the filming of those sequels here.”
 
Gordon and St. Petersburg Clearwater Film Commissioner Tony Armer have been working closely to secure the production and strengthen the appeal of the region as a filming destination, one that offers everything from culturally distinctive urban settings to pristine beaches within an hour’s drive. Their combined efforts, and the support of Hillsborough County film industry champion Commissioner Hagan, are attracting increased attention from major studios and independent filmmakers alike.
 
About the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation:
The Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation is the lead economic development agency for Hillsborough County and the cities of Tampa, Plant City, and Temple Terrace. Established in 2009 as a partnership between the public sector and private corporate investors, the EDC works to develop and sustain a thriving local economy through the attraction, retention and expansion of high wage jobs and capital investment within targeted industry sectors.  Working with C-level executives, site selection consultants, commercial real estate professionals, and other influential decision makers, the EDC provides customized, confidential relocation services to domestic and international companies interested in growing within Hillsborough County. Locally, the EDC helps existing businesses access the tools and resources they need to succeed, now and in the future. Learn more at tampabayedc.com.

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