‘Girls’ creator Lena Dunham to script drama on the experiences of a Syrian refugee
Girls creator Lena Dunham (pictured below) is to adapt the true story of a Syrian refugee who survived for two days in the Mediterranean with her children with only an inflatable ring for support after the ship she was travelling on capsized. Steven Spielberg and co-producer J J Abrams hired the writer and actress to adapt
Melissa Fleming’s novel A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea: One Refugee’s Incredible Story
of Love, Loss, and Survival for the movie, which will be co-produced by Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment and Abrams’s Bad Robot. The film is expected to be co-distributed by Amblin and Paramount Pictures. Fleming’s novel tells the true story of Doaa Al Zamel, a mother of two who fled the war in Syria for Sweden, only to find the boat carrying her rammed by a hostile Egyptian fishing vessel. Zamel’s husband, who had fled Syria alongside his family, died during the ordeal.