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'Frozen' Writer Jennifer Lee to Adapt 'A Wrinkle in Time' for Disney

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August 5, 2014

Jennifer Lee / A Wrinkle in Time

After co-directing and co-writing the monstrous animated hit Frozen for Disney, Jennifer Lee is sticking with The House of Mouse to adapt one of her favorite books. Variety has word that Lee will adapt Madeleine L’Engle's 1962 classic book A Wrinkle in Time, but it sounds like this will be a live-action film as opposed to her previous work for Walt Disney Animation. The story follows children traveling through time and strange worlds in order to find the father, a scientist who has gone missing. Much like Frozen, Lee's take on the material is said to emphasize a strong female-driven story with a unique approach to the book. Read on!

For a more detailed description of the story, here's the official synopsis:

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.

The project went into development back in 2010 with Bridge to Terabithia writer Jeff Stockwell originally hired to write the screenplay . The book is actually the first in a series known as the "Time Quartet," but it's not clear if Disney plans to turn A Wind in the Door, Many Waters and A Swiftly Tilting Planet into films to make a franchise. As of now, Lee is the only talent on board the film with a director still needed behind the camera. If Lee can turn in a script as good as her work on Frozen and Wreck-It Ralph, then this should be a time traveling adventure worth looking forward to. Excited?

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  • OfficialJab
    I don't remember what this was about, but I remember reading them when I was a kid.
    • redtie
      Me too.
  • Chris Groves
    Wasn't there some kind of live action adaptation of this in the past? I remember characters yelling "Charles Wallace!" throughout the movie.
    • redtie
      You're thinking of "Braveheart."
      • Chris Groves
        Nice! But no, there was a girl, her little brother(Charles Wallace), her teen guy love interest, and her dad had a comical beard. I think Whoopie Goldberg was in it.
  • DAVIDPD
    This sounds tremendously ambitious for a children's film. Maybe it won't be.
  • jygsaw
    LOVED the series of books as a kid. Disney actually made a TV movie of the first book, but it was... not really all that great. L'Engle said this about it: "I have glimpsed it... I expected it to be bad, and it is."

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