Script In The Works For 'A Wrinkle in Time'

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

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