Robert Zemeckis to Direct ‘The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane’
Following news that Robert Zemeckis was attached to an adaptation of the 2010 documentary Marwencol, a film about Mark Hogancamp who decides to build a a one-sixth scale WWII-era town called Marwencol in his backyard, the director has taken on another future project. Variety has word that Zemeckis (director of Cast Away, Forrest Gump and more) is on board to direct an adaptation of Kate DiCamillo's children's novel The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. In what sounds like a fragile version of Paddington Bear, the film follows a a vain china rabbit given to a 10-year-old girl in the 1930s who enjoys a pleasant life until falling overboard from the Queen Mary, forcing him to spend 297 days on the ocean floor.
The fall to the bottom of the sea rids him of his vain tendencies, and a storm frees him from the ocean depths, putting him into the hands of several different owners like a older couple who dresses him like a girl rabbit, a hobo and his dog, a young girl with pneumonia and her brother and a doll shop. Along the way, the rabbit learns emotional lessons about life, love and even death. It almost sounds like a children's version of Forrest Gump in some ways. Jeff Stockwell, writer of The Bridge to Terabithia and The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys has already written the adaptation which has been set up at New Line for seven years. We're not sure how soon this will get off the ground, but it sounds like a great tale.