Tim Burton's 'Miss Peregrine' begins filming in Tampa Bay next week

Director Tim Burton arrives at the premiere of "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" in Los Angeles in 2007.  (AP Photo/ Matt Sayles)
Director Tim Burton arrives at the premiere of "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" in Los Angeles in 2007. (AP Photo/ Matt Sayles)
Published February 17 2015
Updated February 17 2015

Be on the lookout for a Gothic-looking auteur toting a camera around Tampa Bay.

Starting next week, director Tim Burton and actor Eva Green will be in Tampa Bay for two weeks filming Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, an adaptation of the bestselling young adult novel by Ransom Riggs.

In a first for local filmmaking, the shoot will take place on both sides of the bay with assistance from film commissions in both Hillsborough and Pinellas — "an exciting development for future projects," St. Pete/Clearwater Film Commissioner Tony Armer said in a statement.

The film is about a teenager (Hugo's Asa Butterfield) who travels back in time to an orphanage for children with supernatural powers run by the title character, played by Green (Casino Royale). This will mark a return to Tampa Bay for Burton, who shot parts of 1990's Edward Scissorhands in Pasco County.

At this point, Burton and Green are the only stars confirmed for local filming in the next few weeks — parts are being shot in London as well — so there's no guarantee Butterfield or co-star Samuel L. Jackson will pop up around town, too. Nevertheless, "securing a high-profile production like this is a huge boost for everyone involved — the destination, economy and local film industry," Armer stated.

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