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Last Updated: Friday, 3 September, 2004, 10:58 GMT 11:58 UK
Movie to tell shark girl's story
Bethany Hamilton
Bethany Hamilton was 13 at the time of the attack
A teenage surfer who lost her arm in a shark attack is to have her story told on the big screen.

A US production company has bought the rights to Bethany Hamilton's upcoming biography Soul Surfer.

Now 14, her story proved an inspiration after she got back on her surf board just months after the attack happened in Hawaii in 2003.

"Bethany is a shining light with a great, compelling story of overcoming adversity," said producer Michael Shane.

He added: "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."

The film has been fast-tracked by production company Romano/Shane and is set to start filming next year, although screenwriters have yet to be hired.

Remarkable recovery

"If everything goes according to plan, we'll be in production early next year in Hawaii," said Mr Shane.

Bethany's plight hit the headlines around the world after a shark ripped off her left arm just below the shoulder as she lay on her surfboard.

Doctors believe she made such a remarkable recovery because of her fitness levels. At the time, she was one of the top-rated amateur surfers.

She has since become something of a celebrity and her courage has made her a positive role model for teens.




SEE ALSO:
Shark victim 'saved by TV lesson'
02 Aug 04  |  Americas
Surfer killed by shark off Hawaii
08 Apr 04  |  Americas



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