By Nur Hussein, staff writer
A Wrinkle In Time, a beloved children’s book by Madeleine L’Engle, is getting the big-screen treatment with a movie adaptation in production by Disney. Writing the movie’s screenplay will be Jennifer Lee, writer and director of the hit animated film Frozen.
A Wrinkle In Time is a story about a girl, her siblings and a friend traveling through time and space to find their missing scientist father. They do so with the help of fantastic beings who can travel with through a thing called a tesseract, which can bend space and time. The book has received critical acclaim and has won numerous literary awards; the Newbery Medal, Sequoyah Book Award, and Lewis Carroll Shelf Award.
The book was a favorite of Lee growing up, and her pitch to Disney impressed them enough to give her the project. The book is also the first in a series of five novels, so if this turns out to be a big hit, Disney will have yet another franchise in their hands.
Apart from the hugely-successful Frozen, Lee was also the writer behind 2012’s Wreck-It Ralph, a well-received animated film that was loved by both critics and audiences (especially those who love video games). No director has been attached to the project yet; maybe Lee will be given a chance to, considering the huge runaway success of Frozen which she co-directed.
This isn’t the first project to attempt a film adaptation of the book; in 2003, there was a Canadian television movie directed by John Kent Harrison starring Canadian actress Katie Stuart as Meg Murry. It was not aired in the United States until 2014, and it was met with very negative reviews from critics.
Let’s hope Lee brings her magic touch to this story and it gets the great film treatment that it deserves.
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Nur is a tinkerer of programmable things, an apprentice in an ancient order of technomages. He enjoys fantasy, sci-fi, comic books, and Lego in his spare time. His favourite authors are Asimov and Tolkien. He also loves Celtic and American folk music. You can follow him on twitter: @nurhussein