Frozen writer and co-director Jennifer Lee is set to adapt Madeleine L’Engle’s classic novel A Wrinkle in Time as a feature film for Disney. The story follows a young girl whose father, a government scientist, has gone missing after working on a mysterious project called a tesseract. Meg and two of her friends use that tesseract to travel through time and visit strange worlds in order to find their missing scientist father.
This was one of my favorite books as a kid, and it's been so long since I've read it. I might have to read it with my kids before this movie comes out. According to Variety, this was one of Lee's favorite books as well, and apparently she impressed Disney executives with her take on the story, "which emphasizes a strong female-driven narrative and creatively approaches the science fiction and world-building elements of the book." As of right now, Lee is only set to write the script, but there's always a chance she could direct it as well. After all, she did make Disney's biggest animated box office hit ever.
Here's the description of the book:
It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger.
"Wild nights are my glory," the unearthly stranger told them. "I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me sit down for a moment, and then I'll be on my way. Speaking of ways, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract."
A tesseract (in case the reader doesn't know) is a wrinkle in time. To tell more would rob the reader of the enjoyment of Miss L'Engle's unusual book.A Wrinkle in Time, winner of the Newbery Medal in 1963, is the story of the adventures in space and time of Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin O'Keefe (athlete, student, and one of the most popular boys in high school). They are in search of Meg's father, a scientist who disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government on the tesseract problem. A Wrinkle in Time is the winner of the 1963 Newbery Medal.