Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Ava DuVernay makes history with A Wrinkle In Time

After chronicling history with Selma (2014), Ava DuVernay is set to make history with her next project. News arrives via LA Times that she will become the first woman of colour to direct a live action movie with a budget of more than $100 million, signing on for Walt Disney Pictures' adaptation of A Wrinkle In Time.

It is a remarkable milestone to cross, and for now, she is the only one. Women have directed films with big budgets in the past, including the likes of Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker), and more recently Wonder Woman's Patty Jenkins. And animation has seen the likes of Jennifer Yuh Nelson (Kung Fu Panda), but DuVernay is the only African American woman to do so in live action. Yet, at least.

She celebrated the news with a tweet about the journey so far.

Jennifer Lee (Frozen) has written the script, which draws on Madeleine L'Engle's 1962 tome. The story follows the Murry family – especially teenager Meg and her genius 5-year-old brother Charles Wallace, and Meg's classmate Calvin O'Keefe. Their scientist father has gone missing, but after the visit of a mysterious old lady called Mrs. Whatsit, they learn that their father's research may have been more successful than they guessed and that he may have travelled in space and time. The kids end up following his footsteps to a planet called Camazotz, ruled by a giant evil brain called The Black Thing.

Oprah Winfrey (Selma) is so far the only confirmed cast member, having joined the film to play Mrs. Which. A Wrinkle In Time is set for a 28 July 2017 release in the States, but has yet to confirm a UK release date.

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