It’s official: Disney has conquered the known world with the likes of Star Wars, Moana, Beauty and the Beast and Coco (due for release here in January) all dominating the box office.
Coming up in March: A Wrinkle in Time, which boasts classic source material, an all-star cast and an Oscar-nominated director. Wait, you haven’t heard of it? Then let us tell you everything there is to know about the movie...
What's the story?
A Wrinkle in Time follows an intelligent young girl called Meg Murry who’s searching for her father who went missing years ago. Sadly, he’s trapped on another planet 'in the grip of a universe-spanning evil'. This means that Meg must travel through time and space in a Doctor Who-esque adventure in order to rescue him. What’s not to like about that?
It's based on the 1962 novel of the same name
Disney have long been celebrated for adapting famous novels into beloved family masterpieces – just look at their multiple versions of The Jungle Book for proof.
A Wrinkle In Time is adapted from the classic 1962 novel written by Madeleine L'Engle, an author who has drawn comparison with the revered C.S. Lewis. The similarities don’t end there either, as both her book and Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe featured in the National Education Association’s 'Teachers' Top 100 Books for Children'.
This is not the first time Disney has adapted A Wrinkle in Time either. It produced a television film adaptation in 2003, but this latest version is set to be the definitive one.
Oscar nominee Ava DuVernay is the director
Getting DuVernay to direct the film is a major coup for Disney. Two of her most recent works, Selma and the Netflix documentary 13th, were both nominated for Oscars and generated critical acclaim, so we can only imagine the response to A Wrinkle In Time.
Throughout her films DuVernay has engaged with timely themes of racial equality, so you might think she's an odd choice for Disney's new movie. In fact she’s the perfect choice given that the book explores the struggles faced by minority groups, so we’ve no doubt DuVernay will focus on this important theme in the film adaptation.
Let's not also forget that DuVernay will become the first black woman (and third woman overall) to direct a live-action film with a budget in excess of $100 million. She’s fighting for equality on all fronts.
It has a world-class cast including Oprah Winfrey
It’s pretty clear where the majority of that $100 million budget went looking at the cast. Oprah Winfrey and Andre Holland are noticeable inclusions having worked with DuVernay previously on Selma, while the likes of Legally Blonde’s Reese Witherspoon, Wonder Woman’s Chris Pine and LEGO Batman’s Zach Galifianakis are also part of the ensemble.
Mindy Kaling, famous for roles in the The Mindy Project and The Office, is another great addition. She will make her live-action Disney debut having previously voiced characters in Inside Out and Wreck-It Ralph. (She'll be seen next in all-star caper sequel Ocean's 8 opposite Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett.)
Star of the show, though, is 14-year-old Storm Reid who plays hero Meg Murry. Is her age making you feel old? Wait until we tell you that she’s already a seasoned pro in Hollywood, having made appearances in the likes of 12 Years A Slave and Sleight.
Jennifer Lee is the screenwriter
Who is Jennifer Lee, you ask? She’s Disney’s latest wonder woman, having written the screenplays for Wreck-It Ralph and the record-smashing Frozen. She was also given credit in Big Hero 6 and Moana for 'Creative Leadership', while also being one of the writers who helped develop Zootopia’s storyline.
With not a flop to her name thus far, odds are A Wrinkle in Time will follow in the footsteps of these fantastic Disney films – although it is worth noticing that this will be Lee’s first live-action feature film. No pressure.
Game of Thrones composer Ramin Djawadi is the man behind the music
Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood was initially touted for the soundtrack, but he was later replaced by Ramin Djawadi. This is yet another incredible scoop for Disney as he’s been one of the most formidable composers for both TV and film in the last few years.
He’s best known as the man behind the Game of Thrones scores, while creating the music for other renowned HBO shows such as Westworld and Prison Break. He’s also composed the scores for video game adaptation Warcraft and more impressively, Marvel’s Iron Man.
Djawadi has a very impressive CV to say the least, and for him to join the team behind A Wrinkle in Time suggests the movie is going to have a very robust musical identity.
Check out the trailer for A Wrinkle In Time, released in Cineworld cinemas on 23rd March 2018.
Ryan Jones is an Unlimited card holder who blogs for Cineworld as part of our news team.