Ava DuVernay Will Direct Disney's A Wrinkle in Time Adaptation

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Meg and Cal! Meg and Cal! Meg and Cal!

Earlier this month, Deadline said that Selma director Ava DuVernay had been offered the project; now they report she’s officially signed on. The script is by Jennifer Lee, who wrote and co-directed Frozen.

Published in 1963, Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time won the Newbery Award and a pile of other prizes. In case you skipped the book:

A Wrinkle In Time involves a young girl whose government scientist father has gone missing after working on a mysterious project called a tesseract, which involves being transported to a fifth dimension with mysterious inhabited planets. She takes part in a search for her father and sees some incredible creatures along the way.

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Thanks to these books—science fiction stories in which a young woman is unquestionably the hero—I spent several years desperately wishing I had a knack for math or microbiology or astronomy, or any hard science, really. Very excited to see who plays Meg, Cal, and Charles Wallace. Same goes for Meg and Charles Wallace’s mom, an accomplished scientist who cooks on the bunsen burner in her at-home lab, a detail that’s stuck with me for nigh on 20 years.


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I have such high hopes for this! Wrinkle was the first book I ever asked for a copy of my own; I received it for Christmas when I was in the third grade. The classic blue cover, with the gold Newberry Award seal. Wish I still had it.

It was just a few years ago – over 50 years later – that I had one of the biggest shocks of my life, when I read (I believe that someone was talking about the delays in getting a movie made) that Wrinkle was considered a “girl’s book” – and by implication, less “marketable.”

I was stupefied; I experienced it as an amazing story, and it never occurred to me for an instant to categorize it by gender.

Why would anyone think that? Because the protagonist (Meg) was a young woman? Because love was mentioned at a crucial moment in the story? Because it didn’t contain idiots running around with guns blazing?

I’ll never forget the image of a street full of identical houses (and more) in Camazotz… still one of the most spine-tinglingly horrifying sequences I’ve ever experienced.

Just one more little thing… years ago, I had a friend whose family once lived in a New York brownstone that was previously occupied by Madeline L’Engle. He said that the kitchen cabinets had been painstakingly detailed with hand-painted fantasy elements, such as twined vines and other things I can’t remember.

Madeline L’Engle’s kitchen… how cool would that be? I think this movie will be wonderful.