Walden Media is trucking on with its numerous book adaptation projects. Heck, in the last 7 months, there's been word about Clive Barker's Edgar Allan Poe thriller for kids, The Screwtape Letters, The Dark is Rising, Edward Gorey's The Doubtful Guest and Bill Murray starring in City of Ember. That's not including projects they've bowed out on, like The Giver and the American Girl adaptations. Now Variety is reporting that the company will adapt Lauren St. John's children's book, The White Giraffe, for AnnaSophia Robb to star in. Robb was most recently in the Hilary Swank thriller The Reaping, but she's also the gal who played Leslie in Bridge to Terabithia and Violet Beauregarde in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The movie will be directed by Gabor Csupo, who worked with Robb in Terabithia and it will be adapted by Ann Peacock, who not only adapted The Chronicles of Narnia and the Kit Kittredge film, but is from South Africa, where the book is based.

Giraffe is about a young girl named Martine who is orphaned and sent to live with her grandmother on a game reserve in South Africa. She doesn't feel welcomed by her grandmother or school, but finds two friends, one of whom "instantly senses there is something special about Martine." After hearing about a fabled white giraffe, she ends up spotting one and begins a series of "mysterious and magical adventures." And somehow in there, she discovers that she has a gift for healing. Barely into her teens, it's pretty obvious that Robb is going places. Beyond the high-profile work that she's been in recently, she's also got a slew of films coming our way, including Have Dreams, Will Travel and Jumper. However, much of her work is family-oriented so the only question that remains is whether this is the start of a long, cinematic life, or be a child-star-turned-unknown.
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