Ava DuVernay to Direct Disney’s ‘A Wrinkle In Time’

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Ava DuVernay is officially on board to direct Disney’s sci-fi film, “A Wrinkle In Time.” The film is an adaptation of the classic fantasy novel by Madeleine L’Engle. The script will be adapted by “Frozen” scribe and co-director Jennifer Lee.

Deadline, who was first to report the news, notes that DuVernay has been in discussions with Disney Motion Pictures president Sean Bailey and executive Tendo Nagenda for over six months. Deadline describes the film as follows:

“A Wrinkle In Time” involves a young girl whose government scientist father has gone missing after working on a mysterious project called a tesseract, which involves being transported to a fifth dimension with mysterious inhabited planets. She takes part in a search for her father and sees some incredible creatures along the way.

Earlier this month it was revealed that DuVernay and Lupita Nyong’o are both in talks for a different upcoming sci-fi thriller film, “Intelligent Life.” DuVernay, who last directed “Selma,” is in negotiations to direct and Nyong’o is in negotiations to star.

“Intelligent Life” will follow a script by Colin Trevorrow (“Jurassic World”) and Derek Connolly (also “Jurassic World”). The film is the reworking of a different project by Trevorrow and Connolly called “The Ambassador.” That film was supposed to follow a U.N. worker who works in a special department created to represent humanity in the event of an alien attack. The worker falls in love with a woman who turns out to be an alien. “Intelligent Life” will follow the same storyline but on a larger scale.

DuVernay, a former publicist, made her mark on the film world with the Martin Luther King Jr. civil rights drama “Selma,” which drew much acclaim and an Oscar. Many people believe she was snubbed when she did not receive a nod for best director for the film.

It is not immediately clear which film, “Intelligent Life” or “A Wrinkle in Time,” will start shooting first for the director.