Selma’s Ava DuVernay To Direct Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time

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Selma director Ava DuVernay, who was memorably snubbed from last year’s Academy Awards, is in demand.

Her name has been in the mix for several projects, and now Deadline is exclusively reporting that the critically-acclaimed DuVernay has closed a deal on one feature. She is set to helm A Wrinkle in Time, a Disney adaptation of the 1963 science fiction novel by Madeleine L’Engle.

In the Newberry Medal-winning children’s tale, twelve-year-old Meg Murry and her younger brother Charles travel through space and time to find their missing scientist father. As science fiction aimed at female readers (that also became a hit with boys), it was groundbreaking stuff.

The new big screen adaptation has a script by Jennifer Lee, who is best known for writing and co-directing Frozen. She also penned the screenplay for 2012’s Wreck-It Ralph, and is part of the huge team of writers behind Zootopia, which is out next month.

Confirmation of DuVernay’s Time hiring comes just weeks after it was reported that she was offered the film. Although she passed on Marvel’s Black Panther, the director is also linked to Amblin Entertainment’s Intelligent Life.

The sci-fi thriller is written by Jurassic World (and Star Wars: Episode IX) director Colin Trevorrow and his long time collaborator Derek Connolly. 12 Years a Slave Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o is attached to star as a woman at the centre of an alien contact drama.

As Deadline notes, it is unclear which feature is first on DuVernay’s slate.

However her schedule pans out, DuVernay is on the rise. This is despite missing out on an Oscar nod for Selma, which was her third full-length movie and nominated for Best Picture.

A Wrinkle in Time has a decidedly feminist message. It is the first in a five-book series known as the Time Quintet. DuVernay, who has been outspoken on being a woman in Hollywood, could potentially be kicking off a successful female-led Disney franchise.