Sam and her family’s remarkable story is now being turned into a major movie by powerhouse production team Naomi Watts, Bruna Papandrea, and Emma Cooper, with Watts set to star as Sam.
Sam will play her own role as an Executive Producer on the film.
Sam’s husband Cameron, a professional photographer, has documented their journey through thousands of still images and videos.
The family started an Instagram account to share Sam and Penguin’s journey to recovery and were surprised by how strongly the story and imagery resonated with others.
From this came the international best-selling book Penguin Bloom, co-written by Cameron and New York Times best-selling author Bradley Trevor Greive.
A second book (to be published by ABC Books in October, 2019) picks up the story where Penguin Bloom ended, and will share Sam’s personal perspectives on facing and overcoming adversity.
The movie is expected to commence filming early 2019, with a release date in 2020.
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