The only thing more popular these days in Hollywood than films based on childhood toys appears to be films adapted from serialized young-adult fantasy novels. On that note, Cary Granat has asked screenwriter Jeff Stockwell to adapt Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time – possibly for Disney.
A Wrinkle in Time is the first book in L’Engle’s Time Quartet series which follows the adventures of Meg Murray and associates as they travel through the universe, by way of a dimensional phenomenon known as the tesseract, visiting strange worlds in search of Meg’s scientist father.
Granat, who recently produced Eric Brevig’s Journey to the Center of the Earth, has enjoyed a fruitful relationship with Disney – responsible for the film adaptations of Bridge to Terabithia, which Stockwell co-wrote, as well as The Chronicles of Narnia.
Though the Time Quartet deals with more mature themes, and will certainly make for a more complicated screenplay, the film will likely be aiming to capture the same family-friendly demographic as Granat’s Narnia films – with the intention of adapting the rest of the Time Quartet – A Wind in the Door, Many Waters, and A Swiftly Tilting Planet.
A Wrinkle in Time definitely deserves a solid film adaptation, and has all the ingredients for a terrific franchise. The first book, especially, could be an exceptional visual experience.
That said, Disney is already responsible for a not-so-great television adaptation of the property from 2003 and it’s hard to imagine that the bland, on-the-nose, style of the Narnia films will do the significantly-more-complicated Time Quartet series justice.
At the very least, I’m hoping that A Wrinkle in Time isn’t just food for the 3-D machine. We’ll keep you updated as more announcements are made.
What do you think? Cautiously optimistic?
Source: The Hollywood Reporter