‘Frozen’ director to tackle animated ‘A Wrinkle in Time’

The perennial classic novel A Wrinkle in Time gets the animated treatment at Disney. And the director? Well, she worked on Frozen.

Variety has it…

Jennifer Lee, who wrote, and co-directed “Frozen” with Chris Buck, has chosen her next project: “A Wrinkle in Time.”

Lee will write the bigscreen adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s book for Disney in which children travel through time and visit strange worlds in order to find their missing scientist father.

Published in 1962, “Wrinkle in Time” was one of Lee’s favorite novels as a child, and she impressed Disney executives with her take on the project, which emphasizes a strong female-driven narrative and creatively approaches the science fiction and world-building elements of the book.

While Lee adapts “A Wrinkle in Time,” she will continue in her role as part of Walt Disney Animation’s story trust and remain active in projects in development at the division that scored with “Frozen” — its biggest hit ever at the box office with nearly $1.3 billion — and has “Big Hero 6,” based on a Marvel property, out Nov. 7.

There is no director yet attached to “A Wrinkle in Time” that Jim Whitaker will produce with Catherine Hand.

Jeff Stockwell (“Bridge to Terabithia”) had initially tackled the screenplay when the project was first announced in 2010.

This isn’t the first attempt Disney has made at adapting A Wrinkle in Time. There was a so-so made-for-TV movie a few years ago, but the limited budget didn’t do the wild imagery justice in my opinion. Here’s hoping that it fares better in animated form.

Now, I have to wonder if there will be a snappy musical number

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