Madeleine L’Engle‘s classic children’s sci-fi book A Wrinkle in Time has avoided a big-screen adaptation for over fifty years, but now it might be finally headed to theaters. According to Variety, Disney has hired Oscar-winning Frozen co-writer and director Jennifer Lee to write the screenplay for the Newbery Medal-winning novel. The book is usually one of the first works of literature to introduce children to sci-fi, and revolves around a young girl who goes out to find her missing father, who worked as a government scientist. Lee reportedly “impressed Disney executives with her take on the project, which emphasizes a strong female-driven narrative and creatively approaches the science fiction and world-building elements of the book.”
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There is currently no director attached, and while I assume it’s possible that Lee could want the job, Variety notes that “she will continue in her role as part of Walt Disney Animation’s story trust and remain active in projects in development at the division.” Jim Whitaker (The Odd Life of Timothy Green) will produce alongside Catherine Hand, who produced the 2003 TV movie version of A Wrinkle in Time.
I’m glad that Lee has used her clout to take on a book that has influenced generations of readers, and I’m excited to see her take on the material.
Here’s the synopsis for Madeline L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time:
It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger.
“Wild nights are my glory,” the unearthly stranger told them. “I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me sit down for a moment, and then I’ll be on my way. Speaking of ways, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract.”
A tesseract (in case the reader doesn’t know) is a wrinkle in time. To tell more would rob the reader of the enjoyment of Miss L’Engle’s unusual book. A Wrinkle in Time, winner of the Newbery Medal in 1963, is the story of the adventures in space and time of Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin O’Keefe (athlete, student, and one of the most popular boys in high school). They are in search of Meg’s father, a scientist who disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government on the tesseract problem. [Amazon]