Hollywood special effect whiz-kid, , has a lot of new projects on his plate.
After last year's Oscar-nominated Flight, he's up up to something a little more light hearted: a toy-themed fantasy world. Variety (via Comingsoon) reports he will direct the adaptation of Kate DiCamillo's 2006 novel, The Remarkable Journey of Edward Tulane.
Here's the synopsis of the book from the author's official website:
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.
We can only wonder if it's going to be live action like Back to the Future, motion capture like Beowulf, The Polar Express, or A Christmas Carol or maybe a live action AND animation like Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
is to pen the script and , and are attached to produce.
Zemeckis' other ongoing project is yet an other adaptation called Marwencol, the reinvention of the Jeff Malmberg's 2010 documentary of the same name. The documentary is about a man called, Mark Hogancamp, who loses his memory after being beaten nearly to death. His memory is gone, but his imagination has remained: as a kind of therapeutic process he builds his own fantasy world with dolls made in the images of himself and the people close to him. This fantastic realism or real fantasy sounds like just the right material for a director like Zemeckis.