Robert Zemeckis has been set to direct New Line Cinema's upcoming adaptation of Kate DiCamillo's 2006 children's novel The Remarkable Journey of Edward Tulane.

The novel tells the story of a china rabbit's adventures in the 1930s. The porcelain rabbit is owned by a 10-year-old girl, who loses him during a voyage on the Queen Mary. He spends 297 days under water until a storm frees him and is recovered by a fisherman's wife. He is then passed around to a hobo and his dog, then a sick girl.

Robert Zemeckis will be directing from a script penned by Jeff Stockwell. The director is best known for helming Flight and will direct Universal's Marwencol adaptation.

Kate DiCamillo has won multiple awards for her literary work. She has penned novels such as "Because of Winn-Dixie" and "The Tale of Despereaux: being the story of a mouse, a princess, some soup, and a spool of thread". Her most recent book was titled "The Magician's Elephant" and hit shelves in 2009.

Wendy Finerman, Steve Starkey and Jack Rapke will be producing. No production schedule has been released.