The first trailer and poster for Disney's A Wrinkle in Time have made their debut at D23. Directed by Ava DuVernay. A Wrinkle in Time is an adaptation of the 1963 sci-fi novel of the same name, by Madeline L'Engle. While a Canadian TV adaptation was produced in 2003, the book has yet to receive the big screen treatment - and given its popularity, it seems long overdue.
Following on from her success with Selma, DuVernay has become the first African-American woman to direct a live-action movie with a $100 million + budget. In the central role is Storm Reid, pretty much a newcomer,with a supporting cast that includes Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Chris Pine, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Zach Galifianakis. A Wrinkle in Time's script comes from Jennifer Lee, of Frozen fame, and someone Disney will no doubt view as a safe pair of hands given that she delivered one of their most successful movies of all time.
A Wrinkle in Time is technically a children's story, but it's a compelling tale enjoyed by many adults - and as such, the movie should be a strong movie suitable for the whole family. It's original, too, which makes a change from Disney's long line of remakes and reimaginings. A Wrinkle in Time tells the story of Meg Murry and brother Charles Wallace, who travel through space and cross dimensions via a ‘wrinkle in time’ to find their missing scientist father, with the help of a mysterious Tesseract. The book is the first in a series, so if this live-action adaptation does well, we could see more Wrinkle in Time movies to come.
While anticipation is high among those who know of the story, it remains to be seen if the movie will be a hit for the House of Mouse among regular moviegoers. For Disney, it's a bit of a risk to make a movie that doesn't have years of pedigree attached to it, such as The Jungle Book or Beauty and the Beast live-action remakes that we've seen in recent years. That said, the unknown aspect could actually prove very refreshing to audiences - and after all, that unknown quantity has worked well for Disney with similar "original" offerings, such as Frozen.
DuVernay is clearly very passionate about the project, as is Lee, and both their previous work means that A Wrinkle in Time is standing in good stead ahead of its 2018 release. Now we have our first look at the movie, and a better feel of the project. Hopefully, it won't be too long before we get even more footage in the form of TV spots and international trailers, too.
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