Lena Dunham and J.J. Abrams
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With Tiny Furniture and Girls, Lena Dunham proved herself to be very good at writing smart, cutting satire about self-absorbed white people. Her current series, Camping, is floundering a bit on that front, and her next project is deviating from it entirely. Variety reports that the writer and actress has been tapped by Steven Spielberg and J.J. Abrams to pen a Syrian refugeeā€™s at-sea survival tale.

Dunham will adapt Melissa Flemingā€™sĀ A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea: One Refugeeā€™s Incredible Story of Love, Loss, and Survival, which documents the true story of Doaa Al Zamel, a shipwrecked mother who, in fleeing Egypt for Sweden, spent two days floating with her children on an inflatable life raft.


Dunhamā€™s a curious choice for the project, what with Girls having long been criticized for its lack of inclusivity and the actress herself having been accused of ā€œhipster racismā€ by former colleagues. But itā€™s got ample support from Paramount Pictures, which will team with the high-profile likes of Abramsā€™ Bad Robot and Spielbergā€™s Amblin Partners for the film.

Dunham recently shuttered her female-forward newsletter Lenny Letter, and will next appear in Quentin Tarantinoā€™s forthcoming Manson-centric ensemble drama Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.