Lena Dunham has been tapped by Steven Spielberg and J.J. Abrams to adapt a Syrian refugee’s survival story for a big screen release.
Variety reports that the screenplay will be based on A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea: One Refugee’s Incredible Story of Love, Loss, and Survival, written by Melissa Flemming, chief spokeswoman for the United Nations High Commissioner. It was published by Flatiron books in 2017.
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The true story follows nineteen-year-old Doaa Al Zamel, a Syrian girl who was forced to flee from her country due to civil war. She escapes aboard a smuggler’s fishing vessel with five hundred other refugees. Four days after setting sail the ship is struck and begins to sink. Two little girls, barely toddlers, are thrust into Doaa’s arms by their drowning relatives. Doaa waits to be rescued while afloat on a small inflatable ring, with the two babies in her care.
The film will be produced by Abram’s Bad Robot and and Spielberg’s Amblin Partners production companies.
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