Pair will bring 'A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea' to the big screen

By Oliver Gettell
March 08, 2017 at 10:19 PM EST
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Steven Spielberg and J.J. Abrams are joining forces to bring the real-life refugee story A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea to the big screen.

EW has confirmed that the heavyweight filmmakers are on board to produce an adaptation of Melissa Fleming’s recently published book about Doaa Al Zamel, a young Syrian woman who was driven from her homeland by civil war and endured a harrowing journey across the Mediterranean in search of asylum.

Paramount Pictures and Spielberg’s Amblin Partners acquired the rights to Fleming’s book.

Spielberg and Abrams have history dating back to the latter’s teenage years, when Spielberg hired Abrams to clean up some old home movies. They would go on to collaborate on Super 8, and Spielberg was instrumental in getting Abrams to direct Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Spielberg is currently preparing to direct a much-anticipated adaptation of the sci-fi book Ready Player One, and word came this week that he plans to direct Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks in the Pentagon Papers drama The Post.

Abrams and his Bad Robot Productions meanwhile have several projects in the works at Paramount, including Mission: Impossible 6, another Cloverfield movie, Kolma, and A Woman of No Importance.

The Wrap first reported the news.