Jodie Foster and Abigail Breslin are near deals to star in the fantasy, Nim's Island for Walden Media and 20th Century Fox.
The film concerns a young girl who accompanies her scientist father to an isolated island in the South Pacific. Variety adds when he is lost at sea, she communicates electronically with a person she imagines to be a character from a book but is in fact a reclusive author.
Joseph Kwon and Paula Mazur wrote Nim's Island, which is based on the book by Wendy Orr and Kerry Millard. Jennifer Flackett and Mark Levin will direct.
Breslin has also signed on to star in period film, American Girl for Picturehouse and HBO Films.
Inspired by the line of dolls and accessories, the 11-year-old Breslin will play Kit Kittredge; the story follows Kit as she tries to help save her family as it struggles through the Depression.
Filming begins June 4th for American Girl.