Tim Burton film crew to shoot in Brasschaat


Hollywood director Tim Burton will be in Brasschaat, Antwerp province, for two weeks in July to shoot scenes from his new film Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Torenhof in spotlight

A Hollywood film crew led by acclaimed film director Tim Burton are due to start filming next month at Torenhof Castle in Brasschaat, north of Antwerp, producer 20th Century Fox has confirmed.

Burton, creator of imaginative classics like Edward Scissorhands, Mars Attacks! and Beetlejuice, was searching for a suitable setting to shoot his latest movie, based on the children’s book Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. The story by American author Ransom Riggs is set in a spooky orphanage.

Burton and his team settled on Torenhof (pictured), a late 19th-century castle in eclectic style. They turned to Belgium for a location just as the author of the book did: Riggs based his description of the orphanage in Miss Peregrine’s in part on the abandoned Villa Nottebohm in Brecht, near Brasschaat.

The shoot is scheduled to take place in the first two weeks of July. While the film features famous actors, such as Eva Green (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For), Samuel L Jackson and Judi Dench, who will actually be present in Antwerp is not being publicised.

Neither the press nor public are invited to the set, and the castle has already been cordoned off. The film is set for release in early 2016.