We here at TG2 Studios just learned that Disney has released a new teaser trailer for their upcoming sci-fi movie A Wrinkle in Time, based on the beloved 1963 novel by Madeleine L’Engle. This is Disney’s second go at the story having first adapted it for television in 2004. Now with alternate universe stories being in vogue the House of the Mouse is revisiting this story, but are going for something a bit more serious and dedicated towards the project.
The film is directed by Ava DuVernay and is adapted for the screen by Jennifer Lee, and was reportedly developed in such a way where it “emphasizes a strong female-driven narrative and creatively approaches the science fiction and world-building elements of the book.” The movie stars Oprah Winfrey (The Color Purple), Reese Witherspoon (Legally Blonde), Mindy Kaling (The Office), Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Concussion), Michael Peña (Ant-Man), Levi Miller (Pan), Deric McCabe (Stephanie), André Holland (Selma), Rowan Blanchard (The Goldbergs), Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover), Chris Pine (Wonder Woman)and Storm Reid (Twelve Years a Slave).
The synopsis of L’Engle’s novel is as follows:
It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger.
“Wild nights are my glory,” the unearthly stranger told them. “I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me sit down for a moment, and then I’ll be on my way. Speaking of ways, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract.”
A tesseract (in case the reader doesn’t know) is a wrinkle in time. To tell more would rob the reader of the enjoyment of Miss L’Engle’s unusual book. A Wrinkle in Time, winner of the Newbery Medal in 1963, is the story of the adventures in space and time of Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin O’Keefe (athlete, student, and one of the most popular boys in high school). They are in search of Meg’s father, a scientist who disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government on the tesseract problem.
How does this trailer match up against the made for TV movie? Does it look like Disney has been able to craft a worthwhile family science fiction film for the theater? Is this a book that can even be adapted for the big screen? What do you hope to see with this movie?
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