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Emma Roberts and AnnaSophia Robb have attached their names to Sanaa Hamri’s unique directorial project, which simultaneously is being developed as a book and a film.
Titled Anything But Ordinary, the story follows a teenage diving sensation who is injured during her final Olympic trials and spends five years in a coma. When she wakes, she realizes she now has become a “synesthete,” which The Hollywood Reporter says means she’s “processing words and numbers through color, the third dimension and sound.”
Alloy Entertainment and Southpaw Entertainment are partnering on the project, which the trade refers to as a “music-driven love story.” And all of a sudden, we have too many genres to contend with here. In which direction will Hamri, who recently helmed Just Wright with Queen Latifah, head. Will Ordinary be an athlete-in-peril thriller? An inspirational medical drama? A musical? A love story? All of the above?
Even more interesting is the fact that the story will be developed as a book and film at the same time. Hyperion has purchased the rights at auction THR reports, turning duties over to novelist Lara Avary. But the collaborators are eyeing a strong theatrical push at the same time.
Hamri is a good hire for what sounds like teen-centric material. Prior to Just Wright, she honed her craft on the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants sequel. And while Roberts has made some questionable decisions when it comes to selecting roles (both The Art of Getting By and It’s Kind of a Funny Story were flat-out disappointments), Robb acquired a strong following thanks to her performance in this year’s uplifting Soul Surfer, and that crowd easily could follow her to Ordinary.