Ava DuVernay to Direct ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ Movie Adaptation

Ava DuVernay Wrinkle in Time
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“Selma” director Ava DuVernay has come on board to helm Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time” movie adaptation.

Jennifer Lee, who wrote and co-directed “Frozen” with Chris Buck, is penning the adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s book for Disney. The story follows children as they travel through time and visit strange worlds in order to find their missing scientist father.

Variety reported in 2014 that Lee was attached to “Wrinkle in Time,” which was one of her favorite novels as a child. She 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.

“A Wrinkle in Time” is the first book in L’Engle’s “Time Quartet” series that also includes “A Wind in the Door,” “Many Waters” and “A Swiftly Tilting Planet.”

Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Partners has been eyeing DuVernay as a candidate to direct the science-fiction thriller “Intelligent Life” with Lupita Nyong’o in talks to star. “Jurassic World” director Colin Trevorrow and collaborator Derek Connolly wrote the “Intelligent Life” script, based on an earlier project titled “The Ambassador” about a U.N. worker representing humankind in the event of alien contact.

DuVernay is repped by CAA and  Nina Shaw of Del Shaw Moonves Tanaka Finkelstein & Lezcano. The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    A year later and the Wrinkle In Time trailer is out.

    Commenters on another site observed that the costumes look like something out of RuPaul’s Drag Race–that is unfortunately accurate.

    And if Ava DuVernay was so intent on racist cultural appropriation, why just put bindis on Oprah? Why not go all the way and put her in a Native American headdress as well ?

    Unbelievably awful.

  2. Chizz says:

    DuVernay is supposedly a great artist, but somehow every movie she gets attached to is corporate garbage.

    I love diversity because it shows us black women can be just as terrible as white men.

  3. Although I loved the source material and the actors would pretty good, Selma was not a good film. It felt like something that should have been made-for-TV (but with a slightly bigger budget). I hope for the best, but I think that a more seasoned director should have been on-board for this one.

    • Michelle says:

      Selma was many things to many people. If you, or people you love were not affected by the events depicted, then I understand how the movie was not for you. But for those who were affected, it was an outstanding film.

      • cadavra says:

        SELMA and BRIDGES were not in competition the same year, so the comparison is of little value.

      • Mike says:

        Subject matter of Selma was laudable and important. Execution of the film? Not so much.

      • Michelle says:

        Bridge of Spies was a beautifully shot film, and Tom Hanks is lovely as always, but it was boring as heck. It should not be one of the “Best” films of the year. Selma in my opinion, ran circles around “Bridge.”

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