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Ava DuVernay will direct Disney's new adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time

Ava DuVernay will direct Disney's new adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time


She'll work with a script from the writer and co-director of Frozen

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Ava DuVernay is adding another huge project to her slate by signing on to direct an adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time for Disney. According to Deadline, the Selma director is teaming up with Frozen writer / co-director Jennifer Lee to bring Madeleine L'Engle's 1963 fantasy classic to life. The story revolves around a teenage heroine who embarks on an interdimensional adventure after her father, a government scientist, mysteriously disappears. The movie's release date and casting are still up in the air, but it's hard to argue with the potential of the central DuVernay–Lee partnership.

A Wrinkle in Time isn't the only science fantasy project DuVernay is juggling. She's also negotiating a role directing Intelligent Life, a thriller scripted by Jurassic World's Colin Trevorrow and his writing partner Derek Connolly. (It's also supposed to star Lupita Nyong'o.) Deadline suggests DuVernay hasn't closed the deal on that movie yet, but it's apparently possible for her to work on both Intelligent Life and A Wrinkle in Time. We might not see the fruit of her labor until next year or beyond, but it's exciting that DuVernay is being given the keys to two huge, fantastical movies.