A year and a day after her film Selma was beaten out at the Academy Awards for Best Picture, director Ava DuVernay has finally lined up her next project. Deadline is reporting that DuVernay will be directing A Wrinkle In Time, an adaptation of the classic young adult fantasy novel by Madeleine L’Engle, for Disney.
Additionally, Deadline is reporting that DuVernay also has an offer to direct Intelligent Life, a science-fiction thriller at Dreamworks written by Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow and his writing partner Derek Connolly, and is in negotiations for an untitled film starring Lupita Nyong’o as a United Nations worker “in a department designed to represent mankind if there was ever contact with aliens, who falls for a mystery woman who turns out to be one.”
Deadline points out that it is not clear as to which of the three projects will shoot first, but since the other two deals aren’t closed yet, it most likely will be A Wrinkle In Time.
L’Engle’s book, which won the prestigious Newbury Medal, tells the story of a girl whose search for her missing scientist father takes her on a trip across space and other dimensions. It is also the first in a series of four books – the others being A Wind In The Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet and Many Waters – so you can be surethat Disney is looking for this to launch them a franchise.