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'Forrest Gump' director to turn Minneapolis author's book into movie


Oscar-winning "Forrest Gump" filmmaker Robert Zemeckis has signed on to direct the movie adaptation of a book by Minneapolis author Kate DiCamillo, Variety reports.

Zemeckis will adapt "The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane," which was released by DiCamillo in 2006. The children's book went on to become a New York Times bestseller.

Set in the 1930s, "Edward Tulane" follows the adventures of a porcelain rabbit after he falls off a ship during an ocean voyage on the Queen Mary. After 297 days on the ocean floor, a storm frees the rabbit and he soon finds himself in the hands of several different owners.

Variety says Jeff Stockwell has already written the screenplay. Stockwell's credits include the movie adaptation of the children's novel "The Bridge to Terabithia."

The Pioneer Press says "Edward Tulane" is on the fast track to be produced now that Zemeckis is attached to the project. In addition to "Forrest Gump," Zemeckis has directed such films as the "Back to the Future" trilogy, "Cast Away," "The Polar Express" and "Flight."

"Edward Tulane" is the third book by DiCamillo to be turned into a movie. The movie versions of "Because of Winn Dixie" and "The Tale of Despereaux" were released in 2005 and 2008, respectively.

The author recently made the long list of finalists for a National Book Award in the Young People's Literature category for "Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures," but missed the cut for the top five last month.

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