Lena Dunham to Pen Refugee Survival Story for Spielberg & J.J. Abrams

Lena Dunham has been tapped to adapt A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea: One Refugee’s Incredible Story of Love, Loss, and Survival for the silver screen.

The real-life account of a young female Syrian refugee’s arduous journey in search of a better life was written by Melissa Fleming and published in 2017. It tells the true story of Doaa Al Zamel, a mother of two fleeing Egypt for Sweden by boat. After four days at sea, their boat is shipwrecked and Al Zamel survived for days in the open water holding two small children in each arm with only the support of an inflatable water ring.

Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Partners and J.J. Abrams’s Bad Robot are co-producing the film, which will be distributed by Paramount Pictures and Amblin. Serving as executive producer is Arif Hussein. 

Variety was first to report this story.