When I was in elementary school, we had English (or “language arts”) textbooks that contained a bunch of excerpts of a ton of famous or classic children’s novels. I read portions of a ton of books over the years, and even though I loved reading, more often than not they didn’t resonate with me. Occasionally, though, there would be one that really jumped out at me. “The Giver” and “A Wrinkle in Time” were the two that really left a mark, but I sadly never found the time to read more than just the excerpt. With The Giver coming out in theaters soon, I’ll have the option of watching the movie instead of reading the book (though that film admittedly looks really bad), and now it looks like the same thing will happen with A Wrinkle in Time.
Variety reports that Frozen writer and co-director Jennifer Lee will write the adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s classic 1962 book. For those who aren’t familiar with the book, here’s the plot synopsis from Amazon:
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.
The book was one of Lee’s favorite novels when she was growing up, and Disney reportedly warmed to her enthusiastic female-driven take on the story. Lee will remain a part of Walt Disney Animation’s story trust and will continue to develop active projects for the studio while she writes this movie, which was initially picked up in 2010 when writer Jeff Stockwell (Bridge to Terabithia) took a crack at the screenplay. Jim Whitaker and Catherine Hand will produce, and weirdly enough, Hand also produced a TV version of A Wrinkle in Time in 2003. No director has been set yet, but it’s not outside of the realm of possibility that Lee herself could eventually take the reins.
Have you read A Wrinkle in Time? Are you looking forward to a film version?
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