Lena Dunham to Adapt Syrian Refugee Story for Spielberg

From the real-life story of Syrian refugee Doaa Al Zamel

Lena Dunham to adapt syrian refugee story

Lena Dunham (Girls) is set to adapt the novel A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea: One Refugee’s Incredible Story of Love, Loss, and Survival by Melissa Fleming for Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Partners and J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot, according to Deadline. Amblin Partners and Bad Robot will co-produce the film, which will reportedly be distributed by Paramount Pictures and Amblin.

A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea is the real-life story of a young woman from Syria who leaves her country to find a better life. Amazon describes the book as follows:

“Adrift in a frigid sea, no land in sight, just debris from the ship’s wreckage and floating corpses all around, nineteen-year-old Doaa Al Zamel stays afloat on a small inflatable ring and clutches two little girls―barely toddlers―to her body. The children had been thrust into Doaa’s arms by their drowning relatives, all refugees who boarded a dangerously overcrowded ship bound for Italy and a new life. For days as Doaa drifts, she prays for rescue and sings to the babies in her arms. She must stay alive for them. She must not lose hope.”

A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea was published in 2017 by Flatiron Books. Lena Dunham is the creator, writer and star of the HBO series Girls, which ran on the cable network from 2012-2017. Dunham was the first woman to win the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Comedy Series.

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