New Tim Burton Movie Begins Filming Locally Next Week

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 11:23am

St. Pete/Clearwater (Feb. 17, 2015) - The next big film project to feature St. Pete/Clearwater is set to begin filming on both sides of the Bay next week.

Critically-acclaimed director Tim Burton and star Eva Green are part of the group that will spend two weeks filming in the region for the Twentieth Century Fox production "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children." The movie is based on The New York Times best-selling novel by Ransom Riggs, a Florida native.

Burton's very familiar with Tampa Bay having shot portions of "Edward Scissorhands" in the area back in 1989. He's also directed "Beetlejuice," "Batman," "Sleepy Hollow" and more than 25 others. Green is best known for her role in "Casino Royale," playing alongside Daniel Craig back in 2006.

"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. 

"Securing a high-profile production like this is a huge boost for everyone involved---the destination, economy and local film industry," said St. Pete/Clearwater Film Commissioner Tony Armer. "And working in tandem with the Tampa Film Commission to make it happen is an exciting development for future projects."

This is the first partnership of the area's two new film organization minds with Armer and Executive Director of the Tampa Hillsborough Film and Digital Media Commission Dale Gordon working closely to secure the production and strengthen the region's film-making appeal.

Most recently, Armer released the St. Pete/Clearwater Film Commission's first short film "Kevin's Epic Adventures" starring George Takei to promote local projects.

Tony Armer
St. Pete/Clearwater Film Commissioner