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Film adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time is in the works

03.20.2010
The classic young-adult sci-fi fantasy novel A WRINKLE IN TIME, first released in 1962 from the late author Madeleine L'Engle, is looking to finally make the jump to the big screen proper.

Hired to adapt the novel is Jeff Stockwell (BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA, THE DANGEROUS LIVES OF ALTER BOYS) and producing will be Cary Granat for his new Bedrock Studios (he was the former co-founder of Walden Media, which incidentally produced another noted fantasy tale: THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA).

According to THR, the Newbery Medal-winning novel "revolves around teenager Meg Murry, her genius brother Charles Wallace and classmate Calvin O'Keefe as they launch an interplanetary mission to rescue the siblings' missing scientist father. They are counseled along the way by the mysterious trio of Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which."

The hope is kick off a new franchise, as author L'Engle wrote a series of follow-up novels now known as the "Time Quintet", which the subsequent films would presumably follow.

Stockwell has in continuing development THE MIRACULOUS JOURNEY OF EDWARD TULANE, KIKI'S DELIVERY SERVICE, and the Walter Salles-directed OUR WILD LIFE. Granat has the the 3D Bible epic IN THE BEGINNING, which I was making fun of not too long ago.
Extra Tidbit: "A Wrinkle in Time" has previously been adapted for television twice, once for the BBC and once for ABC. The ABC version, released in the United States in 2004, is mind-numbingly retarded.

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