Disney Adapting ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ With ‘Frozen’ Director

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Once upon a time, Disney released an animated film called Frozen, a musical comedy (loosely) based on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen; upon arriving in theaters, it performed well above studio expectations, breaking 1994′s The Lion King previous opening weekend record. If Disney’s long term goals for Frozen are loose for the time being, though, their short term plans for Jennifer Lee – who wrote the film’s script and co-directed it alongside Chris Buck – are beginning to crystallize.

In Lee’s case, Frozen has given her room to leverage her follow up project, which happens to be an adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s 1962 science fantasy novel, A Wrinkle in Time. (So sayeth Variety.) Reportedly, Lee has already stirred the interest of Disney executives with her pitch for the film, reinvigorating long dormant plans to bring L’Engle’s novel to the big screen; naturally, she’ll still be elbows deep in Frozen‘s new life in the land of multi-platform development, but even someone responsible for a brand that lucrative deserves a chance to put their creative juices to use elsewhere.

On paper (pun only mildly intended), A Wrinkle in Time is right in Lee’s wheelhouse, a family oriented story about a young girl on a quest to track down her missing scientist father; Frozen, as well as Wreck-It Ralph, her first major gig as scribe, both put females at their forefronts, never slacking on layering their heroines with all the idiosyncrasies and nuances that make for great, memorable characters. A Wrinkle in Time lets Lee continue with her focus on complex leading ladies, one of the most pressing topics du jour in the movie world. Maybe comic book movies don’t always get their female characters right, but Lee sure does. (Maybe she can help change perception as regards TV being the better platform for sharply written female roles, too.)

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The arrangement couldn’t be more perfect (or timely). Of course, there remains the question of who will take the reins on A Wrinkle in Time once Lee has the screenplay ready to go; depending on how fast Disney wants the film in theaters, their search for a director may take more or less time, but for the time being the chair is empty and no mentions have been made about casting. None of this should be surprising, given that there’s nothing in place for the film beyond Lee’s vision, but those inclined toward curiosity might wonder what, exactly, that entails.

What does Lee have up her sleeve for giving L’Engle’s original work a proper cinematic treatment? Perhaps she doesn’t need anything more than the sway Frozen gives her to grease the wheels on giving the story its due diligence (unlike the abominably bad television movie version from 2003). Given how much her take on The Snow Queen departs from the source, it’s pretty safe bet that she’s got a good hook for making A Wrinkle in Time her own.

We’ll keep you up to date on A Wrinkle in Time info as it becomes available.

Source: Variety

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  1. I am excited to hear this. A Wrinkle in Time was one of my favorites as a kid. I hope they do it justice.

  2. Hopefully a lot better than that last movie.

  3. This could be a very, very good thing.

    • This post deserves a high five.

  4. Don’t stray from the source material!!!!

  5. This is so freaking exciting because the TV series didn’t do it justice. I hope it will be good and not one of those straight to DVD flicks from Disney :D

  6. While I enjoyed the TV adaptation (it wasn’t great, but it entertained me for a bit), I’m hoping Disney can, indeed, make the theatrical version I have wanted and have thought the book (in fact, the series) deserved.

    I am, unfortunately, a little more doubtful than I would have been had I not seen their trailer for “Alexander and the…Day”. IF that trailer is any accurate indication of what the actual film will be, Disney has managed to turn a sweet, funny, memorable book into a derivative, neutered chunk of cinematic refuse.

    Here’s hoping L’Engle’s book is accorded more respect.

    • That’s the problem the other Wrinkle In Time Movie was made by Disney

      • Well…That just adds to my uncertainty, then.


  7. I love seeing the words Disney and adapting in the same sentence. Basically it means that Disney will take the story, change just enough so they don’t have to pay for it and put it out into the world. It worked for the Lion King which not only adapted the Japanese series Kimba the White Lion but also Hamlet as well. Don’t get me wrong, I like Disney as much as the next person, but be wary.

  8. But Frozen’s storyline was TERRIBLE.

    • I agree. One amazing song glossed over an really weak story. Without that song Frozen wouldn’t half a popular. It covered a lot of flaws.

    • Many people don’t share your opinion, so stop acting like your opinion is fact.

      • No, it was a terribly written story. The characterization slightly made up for it but the world building, the plot, it all was weak weak weak. The whole point of the story was for Elsa to be the villain, via the Snow Queen story. Instead we are all holding hands and singing “Let it go!” while she screws over the entire population she’s supposed to be looking out for. We won’t even talk about how the true “villain” happens to be the guy who sings the duet with the other princess. It’s confusing, convoluted, and poorly executed writing.

        Is the movie fun? Sure. Is it well animated? Yes. Is it a good story? Hell no.

        • I totally agree like Elsa is not smart and she looks like a character off of candy land

  9. A Wrinkle in Time is one of my favourite books. I would love to see it done well.

  10. Frozen was a good movie but the male characters were underdeveloped and a joke. Everyone was a stereotype. There was a weirdo, a evil guy and a old evil guy. There was not a normal complete male character in the movie. Maybe she can write female characters well but so far her male characters are pretty poorly written.

  11. I love this story. I read it to students in Middle School when I was teaching. THEY loved it. It was that perfect meld of science and story and fantasy that kids really respond well too.

    That said… please Disney, don’t destroy this for me. Stick to the material. Don’t try to make IT salvageable. Don’t try to make Charles Wallace “understandable” and “cute”. Don’t make Meg pretty. Make them what they are, awkward, miserable little kids and pre-teens. That is part of what makes the story so powerful and interesting.

  12. Stupid stupid stupid stupid.