The writer and co-director of Disney’s smash hit Frozen, Jennifer Lee, is slated to make a film adaptation of the popular children’s book A Wrinkle In Time.
According to Variety, Lee will soon begin writing the screenplay to A Wrinkle In Time to be produced by Disney. A Wrinkle In Time was written by Madeleine L’Engle and tells the story of Meg Murray who travels through time and alternate dimensions in order to find her lost father. A Wrinkle In Time was first published in 1962 and was one of the Frozen creator’s favorite books as a child.
Lee convinced Disney executives to let her write the movie with her pitch that the film adaptation of A Wrinkle In Time would feature a strong female lead and creative interpretations of the science fiction and alternate reality elements of the story.
Some parts of A Wrinkle In Time could be considered very challenging to depict on the silver screen. It’s likely that extensive CGI will be used to bring to life such characters as the winged centaur who guides the children through time. Even more difficult challenges come about as the characters move through various dimensions, including a planet that his only two dimensions instead of three.
The AV Club speculates that the A Wrinkle In Time film will turn into a Disney franchise, since there were three more novels written by Madeleine L’Engle. The four stories make up L’Engle’s Time Quartet, which would align perfectly with Hollywood’s recent tendency to generate many movies within a series. The titles of the other stories after A Wrinkle In Time are A Wind in the Door, Many Waters and A Swiftly Tilting Planet.
So far, Jennifer Lee will only be writing A Wrinkle In Time. No director has been chosen yet. However, producers Jim Whitaker and Catherine Hand have been selected. Whitaker recently produced the Disney film The Odd Life of Timothy Green and even produced a TV adaptation of A Wrinkle In Time for ABC that aired in 2003.
While Lee is writing A Wrinkle In Time, she will continue her position at Disney in the division that brought Frozen to the world, which made nearly $1.3 billion worldwide. Frozen also won an Oscar for best animated picture in 2013. Jennifer Lee also co-wrote Wreck It Ralph, another major animated hit.
What do you think about Disney’s decision to make A Wrinkle In Time. Will it be as good as Frozen?