Director Tim Burton was rushed to A&E (Accident and Emergency services) at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, following an accident on the set of his latest film, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiars. Burton was filming in Blackpool, a northern England seaside town, when the accident occurred.
Proving that Tim’s injury wasn’t serious, Metro reported that a Burton assistant arrived ahead of Tim to request a private, secure area, where Mr. Burton could be treated in peace away from media and fans.
“Tim attended hospital with a minor injury, no breakages,” a publicist for Tim Burton reported, following the incident.
According to reports, a stunt related to the filming of Burton’s Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiars was scheduled to be filmed during the week, resulting in the closure of Blackpool Tower. The stunt, reportedly being shot in the tower’s promenade, may have been the cause of Mr. Burton’s injury.
Burton’s film is based on a YA novel by Ransom Riggs, also entitled Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiars, and is due out in 2016. Tim will be directing the feature film, which stars Eva Green, Samuel L. Jackson, Judi Dench, and Chris O’Dowd.
IMDb describes the project.
“Teenager Jacob follows clues that take him to a mysterious island, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s School for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores the abandoned bedrooms and hallways, he discovers that its former occupants were far more than peculiar; they possessed incredible powers. And they may still be alive.”
The production of the film is said to be unaffected by Tim Burton’s injury, and Mr. Burton is scheduled to be back on the set soon to resume his directing duties.
Tim Burton’s start in filmmaking began when he was awarded a fellowship from Disney to attend the California Institute of the Arts and, although Mr. Burton went to work for Disney following his graduation, it soon became apparent that Tim’s tastes were too dark for children, Disney’s target audience. One of his first personal projects, Frankenweenie (1984), was judged too mature for children and it was subsequently never released. The short film did get Mr. Burton noticed by Paul Reubens, and the film was directly responsible for getting Tim awarded his first feature film, Pee-wee’s Big Adventure(1985).
Mr. Burton followed that success up with Beetlejuice in 1985 and Batman in 1988. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiars will be the 29th film to be directed by Tim Burton. A live action Dumbo film was also to be directed by Mr. Burton, but he seems to be no longer connected with the project, possibly due to early petitions submitted by P.E.T.A.
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