Jennifer Lee (Frozen) has been working on the script, based on Madeleine L'Engle's 1962 tome, which 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 – who tells their mother that "There is such a thing as a tesseract" – 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.
Winfrey is set to be Mrs. Which, while Kaling is on as Mrs. Who. DuVernay has been scouting locations already and is looking to find more cast for the movie, which Walt Disney Pictures are backing.
Reid has also worked on science fiction drama Sleight and Judy Greer's directorial debut, indie drama A Happening Of Monumental Proportions.