‘Frozen’ Director To Write ‘A Wrinkle In Time’ Screenplay

Variety: “[Jennifer] Lee will write the bigscreen adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s book for Disney.”
E. Stephen Burnett | Aug 7, 2014 | 3 comments |

cover_awrinkleintimeIf you like the recent Disney ice-blockbuster Frozen and Madeleine L’Engle’s classic fantasy A Wrinkle in Time, considered yourself blessed by this news from Variety:

Jennifer Lee, who wrote, and co-directed “Frozen” with Chris Buck, has chosen her next project: “A Wrinkle in Time.”

Lee will write the bigscreen adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s book for Disney in which children travel through time and visit strange worlds in order to find their missing scientist father.

Published in 1962, “Wrinkle in Time” was one of Lee’s favorite novels as a child, and she impressed Disney executives with her take on the project, which emphasizes a strong female-driven narrative and creatively approaches the science fiction and world-building elements of the book.

If you liked A Wrinkle in Time but didn’t like Frozen — or liked Frozen but not A Wrinkle in Time — what do you think?1

  1. And if you believe that both A Wrinkle in Time and Frozen are only marginally decent fairy tales for their ages but both have perplexingly overzealous fandoms, you’re me. Explore more at ‘A Wrinkle in …’ Truth? and Why Did(n’t) You Like That Story?.
E. Stephen Burnett is coauthor of a nonfiction book about parenting and popular culture (title TBA), to release spring 2020 from New Growth Press. He also explores biblical truth and fantastic stories as editor in chief of Lorehaven Magazine and writer at Speculative Faith. He has also written for Christianity Today and Christ and Pop Culture. He and his wife, Lacy, live in the Austin area and serve as members of Southern Hills Baptist Church.

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Julie D

I don’t think it should be adapted at all. It was done once before, and L’Engle didn’t like it at all. It’s not the sort of book that works as a film.

Leah Burchfiel

I’m excited at the possibility, but I’m also aware of the possibility it could just fall flat despite Lee’s best efforts.