Bruna Papandrea and Reese Witherspoon are in the works on a big screen adaptation of PENGUIN BLOOM with Naomi Watts attached to star. The project is based on the book of the same name from Bradley Trevor Greive.
The story, set on Sydney’s northern beaches, follows the true story of a unique little bird that saves a family. Cameron Bloom, Sam Bloom, and their three boys were an everyday family until a shocking, near-fatal accident left Sam paralyzed. She fell from a balcony while on holiday in Thailand, and was left paralyzed from the chest down. As the family struggled to adjust to her new situation, an unlikely ally entered their lives in the form of an injured Magpie chick which the Bloom clan called Penguin.
The team behind the project hopes that the film will create awareness and financial support for the spinal cord injury research being done by SpinalCure Australia, Wings for Life, and The Christopher, and Dana Reeve Foundation. The book is already a hit in Australia and will hit the US under the title Penguin the Magpie in April of next year. 10% of those royalties will go to the spinal cure charities.
Watts will produce alongside Witherspoon and Emma Cooper. The film will be shot in Australia and is currently searching for a screenwriter and director.
Watts can be seen in the upcoming thriller series Gypsy on Netflix and the films The Book of Henry from Colin Trevorrow and The Glass Castle with Brie Larson.