A Wrinkle In Time Set For The Screen

L'Engel novel gets a screenwriter

A Wrinkle In Time Set For The Screen

by Helen O'Hara |
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Screenwriter Jeff Stockwell has signed on to adapt children's classic A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L'Engel, a story of time-and-space travel when an experiment goes wrong.

The story begins on a dark and stormy night (so you know it's good) and centres on 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.

That may all sound a bit weird - and, well, it is - but the story barrels along nicely, and L'Engel's characters are always a bit more interesting than your children's story average.

Stockwell previously worked on The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys and the really-rather-good Bridge to Terabithia, so he would seem a very good fit for the material. It's all happening over at Disney, so look out for this down the line.

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