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

“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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