Our collective brains spasmed with joy when we heard the news that Jennifer Lee, writer and co-director of Disney’s blockbuster Frozen, is on deck to adapt one of our favorite childhood books, A Wrinkle In Time, for Disney.
Madeleine L’Engle’s classic story of Meg Murry, her brother Charles, and her friend Calvin O’Keefe traveling through time and strangely different worlds in search of her lost scientist father was published in 1962 and became the first in a series of five novels about the children and their quest to find Dad. If you haven’t read it, we recommend you head right out and get it. These books truly do hold up from our early reading experiences, and you’ll want to be ready when the movie arrives.
Disney is said to have chosen Lee after she expressed her love of the book (it is one of her childhood favorites) and her vision of a female-driven story that honors the worlds that L’Engle created in the series. While producers Jim Whitaker and Catherine Hand have been announced as producers on the project, no director has yet been named. Lee is also the second screenwriter attached – Jeff Stockwell, who wrote Bridge to Terabithia’s adaptation in 2007, worked on the original script when Disney announced they would adapt A Wrinkle in Time in 2010.
Others may be looking forward to Disney’s (and Lee’s) next animated masterpiece, but we cannot wait to see what they do with A Wrinkle in Time. The Murry children’s adventures were among the first books that introduced this reader to science fiction and inspired a life-long love of the genre. It was an instant classic the year it was published, and won the Newbery Medal the next year. Here’s hoping that the film adaptation does it justice. With Lee at the helm, we have no doubt it will be awesome.
To tide you over before the movie hits theaters or you can get the book to read, here’s the trailer for the 2003 TV movie adaptation of A Wrinkle In Time from Disney.