Robert Zemeckis Plans The Remarkable Journey of Edward Tulane

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Following his triumphant return to live-action directing with last year’s Flight, Robert Zemeckis has been lining up new projects left and right. The latest, Variety reports, is New Line’s upcoming adaptation of Kate DiCamillo’s 2006 novel The Remarkable Journey of Edward Tulane, described on the author’s official site as follows:

Once, in a house on Egypt Street, there lived a china rabbit named Edward Tulane. The rabbit was very pleased with himself, and for good reason: he was owned by a girl named Abilene, who treated him with the utmost care and adored him completely. And then, one day, he was lost.

Kate DiCamillo takes us on an extraordinary journey, from the depths of the ocean to the net of a fisherman, from the top of a garbage heap to the fireside of a hobos camp, from the bedside of an ailing child to the bustling streets of Memphis. And along the way, we are shown a true miracle: even a heart of the most breakable kind can learn to love, to lose, and to love again.

There’s no specific word as of yet whether the adaptation will itself be live-action or done with motion capture like Zemeckis’ Beowulf, The Polar Express and A Christmas Carol, but the project is moving forward with a script by Jeff Stockwell with Wendy Finerman, Jack Rapke and Steve Starkey attached to produce.

News of the project arrives on the heels of word that Zemeckis will also direct a narrative adaptation of the 2010 documentary Marwencol, which features a similar blend of toy-themed fantasy and reality.