Steven Spielberg and J.J. Abrams are joining forces to produce a feature adaptation of Melissa Fleming’s new nonfiction book A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea: One Refugee’s Incredible Story of Love, Loss, and Survival, the Tracking Board has confirmed.
Paramount and Spielberg’s Amblin Partners will co-finance and co-produce the film, which follows Doaa Al Zamel, a 19-year-old Syrian woman who fled Egypt for a better life in Sweden, only to find herself stranded at sea with two small children. The trio survived for days on an inflatable water ring.
Flatiron Books published the well-researched book by Fleming, who is the chief spokeswoman for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
Spielberg and Abrams previously teamed on Super 8, which was distributed by Paramount. Both filmmakers are incredibly busy, with Abrams and his Bad Robot team prepping for the start of production on Mission: Impossible 6, and Spielberg reading the release of Ready Player One before he begins filming The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara.
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