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Neshama, MarVista Option Asha Bromfield’s Debut Novel


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Hurricane Summer, the first novel from Asha Bromfield (Riverdale, Locke & Key), is set to be adapted into a feature film by Neshama Entertainment, with MarVista Entertainment distributing globally (outside of Canada).

Hurricane Summer tells the story of a young Jamaican-Canadian woman who experiences a summer of growth and devastation when she spends it with her estranged father in Jamaica in the midst of a hurricane.

The novel deals with colorism, classism, young love, the father-daughter dynamic and what it means to discover your own voice in the center of complete destruction. Bromfield will be adapting the novel into the screenplay for the film. It will be produced by Arnie Zipursky, Hannah Pillemer and Lauren MacKinlay for Neshama Entertainment.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled to partner alongside Neshama and MarVista and take the world by storm with Hurricane Summer,” said Bromfield. “This magical story will give a voice to the spiritual and sexual wounding that can happen when young women are forced to leave the innocence of girlhood behind. This unique coming-of-age story will journey through the breathtaking island of Jamaica to explore the deep complexities of ancestral healing, sexual shame, resilience and radical forgiveness. Through the examination of the father-daughter dynamic, Hurricane Summer tells a masterful tale of love, loss, heartbreak and destruction—and the subsequent revival that is birthed through the storm of self-discovery.”

“We are thrilled to be on this journey with Asha, a talented actress who has proven herself to also be a gifted writer,” said Neshama’s creative producer, Lauren MacKinlay. “We cannot wait for audiences to meet Tilla and to experience the powerfully complex narrative of Hurricane Summer.”








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Jamie Stalcup is the associate editor of World Screen. She can be reached at jstalcup@worldscreen.com.

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