‘A Wrinkle in Time’ is a science fantasy book written by Madeleine L’Engle. The book was originally published in 1962—it follows a girl whose father works as a government scientist but begins working on a project called the Tesseract. While working on this, he mysteriously disappears.
Disney is taking some risk in this production making the highlight of this year’s D23 conference, a semi-annual gathering of the studio that features the upcoming titles for its patrons.
After the release of its first trailer, here are the 7 things we know about ‘A Wrinkle in Time’:
GETTING IT ON THE SILVER SCREEN
In 2003, a television adaptation of the novel was made by a collaboration of Canadian production companies, to be distributed in America by Disney. The movie was directed by John Kent Harrison, with a teleplay by Susan Shilliday. It cast Katie Stuart as Meg Murry, and Alfre Woodard, Alison Elliott, and Kate Nelligan as Mrs Whatsit, Who, and Which. In an interview with Newsweek, when L'Engle was asked if the film met her expectations, she said, "Yes, I expected it to be bad, and it is."
Now, Disney is bringing it into the silver screen with a mega-budget and making it one of the upcoming titles that is not a follow-up or a remake.
The child actor who played Peter Pan in ‘Pan’ landedthe role as Calvin O’Keefe, a major character who does his best in protecting Meg Murry and brother as they travel through the universe.
Levi Miller also starred alongside Toni Collette and Hugo weaving in the movie ‘Jasper Jones’, an Australian drama film directed by Rachel Perkins and is based on the novel of the same name written by Craig Silvey.
Despite being the 1963 Newberry Medal Winner and a best-selling classic, ‘A Wrinkle In Time’ had a rough road to publication. Author Madeleine L'Engle received rejection after rejection from publishers who couldn't figure out who would want to read this odd mix of science, fantasy, and religion. Finally, after two years of trying, L'Engle found a publisher willing to take a risk on her book – a risk that paid off.
‘SELMA’ DIRECTOR LEADS THE TEAM
Aside from its exciting list of cast, ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ becomes more enticing because of the eye behind its lens. Ava DuVernay’s success in directing ‘Selma’ has earned her spot as one of the most prolific and highly credible filmmakers of today.
DuVernay’s adaptation of ‘A Wrinkle in Time’, reportedly has a budget exceeding $100 million, making DuVernay the first black woman to direct a live-action film with a budget of that size.
The team has been looking at epic locales that span the rock formations in Sierra Nevada’s Alabama Hills to oceans and forests across the globe, including New Zealand. These locations wouldn’t be seen in the story’s beginnings, which takes place mostly in Meg’s home, school and neighborhood, which means these might just be the places DuVernay has her eye on to film the group’s time-traveling journey through the universe. It’s too early to tell, but clearly DuVernay is thinking both big and practical for her upcoming blockbuster.
THE MOST UNDERRATED CHRIS JOINS THE CAST
Of all the Chris that are dominating the acting scene, Chris Pine is probably the most underrated one. ‘Wonder Woman’ wouldn’t be that memorable without him.
In one of his interviews, he said he was interested in the role of Dr. Alex Murry.
Dr. Alex Murry is Meg’s father, a physicist researching the mysteries of space or time continuum and the travel between planets.
Official Poster of ‘A Wrinkle in Time’
A BEGUILING CAST
The movie features young actress Storm Reid as Meg Murray, Reese Witherspoon as Mrs Whatsit, Mindy Kaling as Mrs Who, Oprah Winfrey as Mrs Which, Chris Pine as Dr Alex Murray, Zach Galifianakis as Happy Medium, Levi Miller as Calvin O’Keefe, Michael Pena as Red, Deric McCabe as Charles Wallace Murry and Andre Holland as Principal Jenkins.
Oprah Winfrey as Mrs. Which in Ava DuVernay’s ‘A Wrinkle in Time’
IT MAY NOT BE THE TYPICAL DISNEY FLICK
While the vast majority of social media users praised the film's diverse casting and celebrated that the movie features a female director, some users wondered if the casting was meant to push a political agenda.
‘A Wrinkle in Time’ is slated to premiere on March 9, 2018.
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