If you are one of the millions of people who saw Disney’s Frozen, you understand just why the movie was such a hit, not just with kids, but with adults as well. Beyond just wonderful storytelling and fantastic animation, the blockbuster carried an important message: women are pretty badass and don’t need a prince to save them. So, how do you follow up such an epic event? Well if you are writer-director Jennifer Lee (Frozen, Wreck it Ralph), you up the stakes by adapting a childhood favorite.
Variety is reporting the Lee has pitched the beloved Madeleine L’Engle classic A Wrinkle In Time to Disney, which will follow a “strong female-driven narrative”, and Disney swooped up her approach. Considering the amount of money that Frozen brought in for the Mouse House, it is hardly a surprise that they would want to continue to utilize Lee’s talents and it is refreshing to see that Disney isn’t shy about depicting females as the strong creatures that they are; especially when one considers Disney’s rich history of damsels in distress.
As tough as it may be to believe, there are plenty of filmmakers out there who are terrified of making female-centric movies. It is easy for even the best of intentions to be misinterpreted as misogynistic and a movie that a filmmaker may produce as a statement of power can easily go awry if the filmmaker isn’t careful. However, a wonderful and refreshing trend is beginning in Hollywood, being led by the likes of Hermione Granger, Katniss Everdeen and Tris Prior. Females are being painted as heroes rather than victims more and more, and roles are opening up for women who have strong opinions and the acting chops to back those opinions up. This may seem like only a little progress (it is) but the fact is that the more money these movies continue to bring in, the closer we are to seeing equality throughout Hollywood.
If you somehow managed to miss A Wrinkle In Time as a child, now is the perfect time to get some reading in! The book centers on a young girl whose scientist father disappears while working on a project called the tesseract. Once she discovers the project and begins her search for her father, a whole new world of fantasy unfolds all around her and takes her on the most exciting, dangerous journey she could ever imagine.
The film adaptation does not have a release date as of yet or even a director. Chances are that with Lee penning the script, however, the powers that be will move quickly to get this onto the big screen. We will be tracking this project, which sounds absolutely wonderful, and will let you know as more news becomes available.