We finally know when we’ll get that long-awaited chance to see A Wrinkle In Time in theaters. We’ll just have to wait a little while.
As filming starts on the adaptation of the Madeleine L’Engle novel adaptation, director Ava DuVernay has revealed the premiere date for A Wrinkle In Time, saying it’s coming to a theater near you on April 6, 2018. That, according to Deadline, is a week after the Easter holiday, and could become a very interesting strategy on the part of Disney to try and repeat history.
The release date will give DuVernay, best known for her Golden Globe-nominated work on 2014’s Selma, more than a year of post-production for the film that carries a reported $100 million budget.
Because it’s some 17 months out, Disney is all alone on its proposed date, coming a week after the release of Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One and two weeks after Will Gluck’s more holiday-appropriate Peter Rabbit with James Corden and Rose Byrne.
The first week in April is not typically a huge box office weekend. In fact, the top five movies this past season earned $72.9 million, according to The Numbers, which is barely scratching the service of a huge opening weekend for just a single film.
However, the weekend after Easter is much different. This past year, Easter fell on March 27, meaning the next movie weekend was the end of March. There, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice ruled the box office in its second week with $51.3 million, leading a top five that grossed a slightly better $96.8 million.
Deadline points out Disney might be trying to use a strategy it put in place this year when it released The Jungle Book a couple weeks after Easter, on the weekend of April 15. That live-action remake of the Disney animated classic powered in a $103.3 million opening weekend, leading to a $150.6 million haul from the top five films.
Storm Reid stars as Meg Murry in the film, a young girl who goes through extraordinary (and some would say supernatural) means to find her father, played by Star Trek‘s Chris Pine. The film also includes an ensemble cast with Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw.
Frozen and Zootopia writer Jennifer Lee has adapted the film, which will hit movie theaters for the first time. The only other major adaptation was a television movie from Disney that starred Katie Stuart in the Meg Murry role.
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