Ava DuVernay Set to Direct 'A Wrinkle In Time' Adaptation for Disney
Some good news to report regarding one our favorite filmmakers. Deadline is stating that Disney has set Ava DuVerney, director of Selma and Middle of Nowhere, to direct an adaptation of the 1963 Newbey Medal-winning book A Wrinkle In Time. Ever since Selma received a Best Picture nomination, DuVernay has been in-demand at various Hollywood studios, being considered for projects like Marvel's Black Panther among others. However, apparently she is eyeing two specific projects at Disney - one is this adaptation of the classic fantasy novel by Madeleine L'Engle, the other is a sci-fi screenplay by Colin Trevorrow & Derek Connolly titled Intelligent Life in the works at DreamWorks. Both films seem like a good fit for DuVernay.
First published in 1962, L'Engle's A Wrinkle In Time is a beloved fantasy novel. Description from Amazon:
Fifty years ago, Madeleine L'Engle introduced the world to A Wrinkle in Time and the wonderful and unforgettable characters Meg and Charles Wallace Murry, and their friend Calvin O'Keefe. When the children learn that Mr. Murry has been captured by the Dark Thing, they time travel to Camazotz, where they must face the leader IT in the ultimate battle between good and evil―a journey that threatens their lives and our universe.
The report states that Ava DuVernay is currently figuring out which of these two projects will be made first, however they also note that "A Wrinkle in Time was first to close and it is the culmination of six months of courtship by Disney Motion Pictures president Sean Bailey and exec Tendo Nagenda." Sounds like this is a priority for Disney. The other project she's circling as director, the sci-fi from Trevorrow & Connolly, is still in negotiations even though it also has Lupita Nyong'o attached. She will play a UN worker in a department designed to represent mankind if there was ever contact with aliens, who falls for a mystery woman who turns out to be one. We'll be keeping an eye on both projects as they continue to develop. For now, there's plenty of time to revisit the A Wrinkle In Time book before the movie eventually hits theaters. Stay tuned.