Surfer Girl:I Robot's Romano/Shane Productions of Los Angeles has reportedly purchased the film rights for Kauai born teen and famous shark attack survivor Bethany Hamilton’s upcoming memoir, "Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family and Fighting to Get Back on the Board", which is currently scheduled for release this fall.
Romano/Shane Productions paid Hamilton an undisclosed amount for the film rights. Shane, partner Anthony Romano and Roy Hofstetter, Hamilton's representative, will produce the project with financier Hand Picked Films.
"This is a little girl whose life could have been fully destroyed, but she seized the moment and turned it around in a positive light," said producer Michel Shane. "Bethany is a shining light with a great, compelling story of overcoming adversity."
The 14-year-old from Princeville, on Kauai, was thrust into the national spotlight, appearing in newspapers, magazines and of course all over your TV and mine after tragically losing her left arm in a shark attack Oct. 31, 2003.
"If everything goes according to plan, we'll be in production early next year in Hawaii," said Shane, who was not sure if filming would be done on Oahu or Kauai.
Shane and Romano said they've put production on the "fast track" and are talking to screenwriters about the project.