12:45 pm EST, February 23, 2016

‘Selma’ helmer Ava DuVernay to direct Disney’s ‘A Wrinkle in Time’

The classic novel A Wrinkle in Time is getting an adaptation at Disney, and Selma director Ava Duvernay is now signed on to direct.

Duvernay, who was once in the running to direct Disney and Marvel’s Black Panther, shot into mainstream Hollywood after directing the civil rights film Selma in 2014.

In A Wrinkle in Time, teenager Meg Murry and her younger brother Charles Wallace haven’t had an easy life. They are outsiders at school, their father has gone missing, and now three strange women enter their lives: Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which. Things go from bad to the unimaginable with time travel, trips to other worlds, and nefarious beings. In the end it is a tale of who should trust whom, with the power of love conquering all.

We’re also hearing today that Frozen co-director and writer Jennifer Lee is penning A Wrinkle in Time’s script.

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A Wrinkle in Time was written by Madeleine L’Engle and published in 1963. It spawned a series consisting of four sequels, with the last one (An Acceptable Time) being published in 1989.

The book’s official synopsis follows:

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.

Additonal reporting by Laura Byrne Cristiano.

Source: Deadline

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