A Wrinkle in Time (2018 film)

Last updated on 22 November 2017

A Wrinkle in Time is an upcoming American science fantasy adventure film directed by Ava DuVernay from a screenplay written by Jennifer Lee, and based on the 1962 novel of the same name by Madeleine L'Engle. The film stars Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael Peña, Storm Reid, Zach Galifianakis, and Chris Pine. Principal photography on the film began on November 2, 2016, in Los Angeles, California.

The film is scheduled to be released by Walt Disney Pictures on March 9, 2018, in Real D 3D and IMAX 3D.[3]

A Wrinkle in Time
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Ava DuVernay
Produced by
  • Jim Whitaker
  • Catherine Hand
Screenplay by Jennifer Lee
Based on A Wrinkle in Time
by Madeleine L'Engle
Starring
Music by Ramin Djawadi
Cinematography Tobias A. Schliessler
Edited by Spencer Averick
Production
companies
Distributed by Walt Disney Studios
Motion Pictures
Release date
  • March 9, 2018
Country United States
Language English
Budget $103 million[1][2]

Premise

After learning that her astrophysicist father is being held captive on a distant planet deep in the grip of a universe-spanning evil, Meg Murry works with her highly intelligent younger brother Charles Wallace, her classmate Calvin O'Keefe, and three astral travelers, Mrs. Which, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Whatsit, to save him.

Cast

Bellamy Young,[9] Rowan Blanchard[9] and Will McCormack[9] also appear in undisclosed roles.

Production

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DuVernay became the first black woman to direct a live-action film with a budget of over $100 million.

In October 2010, it was announced that Walt Disney Pictures had retained film rights to remake the live-action adaptation of the 1962 novel A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle. Following the financial success of Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland (2010), Disney announced that they had hired Jeff Stockwell to write the screenplay for Cary Granat and his new Bedrock Studios. Cary Granat had previously worked with Disney on the Chronicles of Narnia and Bridge to Terabithia films.[11] The project's budget was supposed to be $35 million, which the company compared to District 9 and Bridge to Terabithia, both of which were made for less than $30 million.[12] On August 5, 2014, Jennifer Lee was announced as the screenwriter, taking over from Stockwell, who wrote the first draft.[13][14] On February 8, 2016, it was reported that Ava DuVernay had been offered the job of directing the film, and she was confirmed to direct later that same month.[15][16] Directing this film, DuVernay would be the "first woman of color" to direct a live-action film with a production budget over $100 million.[2]

On July 26, 2016, Variety reported that Oprah Winfrey began final negotiations to join the film to play Mrs. Which, one of the three Mrs. Ws who helps guide the children along their journey.[4] On September 7, 2016, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling were in talks to join the film, where Witherspoon would play Mrs. Whatsit, a former celestial being who looks like a grandmotherly hobo, while Kaling would play Mrs. Who, the literature-quoting supernatural being.[5] On September 13, 2016, Storm Reid was cast in the lead role of Meg Murry, a young girl traumatized by the disappearance of her scientist father years before.[8] In October 2016, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Chris Pine were cast as the parents of Meg, Dr. Kate Murry and Dr. Alex Murry, respectively.[10][6] On November 1, 2016, more cast was announced, which included Zach Galifianakis as the Happy Medium, André Holland as Principal Jenkins, Levi Miller as Calvin, and Deric McCabe as Charles Wallace, along with Bellamy Young, Rowan Blanchard and Will McCormack.[9] The producers on the film would be James Whitaker and Catherine Hand.[9] Michael Peña also joined the cast to play the character Red.[7]

Filming

Principal photography on the film began on November 2, 2016, in Los Angeles, California.[9][17][18] After filming in Los Angeles, production moved to New Zealand for two weeks.[9] Tobias A. Schliessler was confirmed to be working on the film as cinematographer, along with other production team members including production designer Naomi Shohan, costume designer Paco Delgado, and visual effects supervisor Rich McBride.[9][19]

Filming for A Wrinkle in Time took place in Eureka, California, in Humboldt County, starting on November 29, 2016, and ending on December 5 or 6.[20] Filming also took place at Eureka's Sequoia Park, located next to Sequoia Park Zoo. No major actors tied to the movie were present in Eureka.[21] In mid-December, Pine was spotted during filming in Los Angeles.[22]

Filming locations for A Wrinkle in Time were established to be in Central Otago, New Zealand, during the last two weeks of February 2017.[23] Actors and crew involved were in New Zealand for the two weeks to shoot scenes in the Southern Alps, and shooting took place at Hunter Valley Station near Lake Hāwea, with cast and crew treated to a traditional Māori powhiri and karakia, by the indigenous peoples of New Zealand.[24] Disney wrapped filming in New Zealand's South Island after two weeks, and the director has declared the cast and crew's love for New Zealand on Instagram.[25]

Music

In September 28, 2017, Ramin Djawadi was hired as the composer for the film, replacing Jonny Greenwood who was initially chosen to compose and scored the film.[26]

Release

The film is scheduled to be released on March 9, 2018.[27] It was previously set for an April 6, 2018 release.[28]

Marketing

DuVernay announced a teaser trailer for the film will debut at the 2017 D23 expo.[29] It was then released on July 15, 2017, day two of the D23 Expo. After its initial release, the trailer was trending at #1 for 48 hours on YouTube, surpassing, for a time, a behind the scenes first look at Star Wars: The Last Jedi. [30] In February 2017, Walt Disney Studios announced "Wrinkle In Time Fanart Fridays", where fanart for the film would be shared on its social media pages.

References

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  20. ^ Schneider, Ruth (December 19, 2016). "'Postcard of Humboldt County': 'Wrinkle in Time' brings local beauty to big screen". Redwood Times. Retrieved December 20, 2016.
  21. ^ Houston, Will (November 28, 2016). "Film production in town: 'A Wrinkle in Time' director's Instagram indicates filming in Eureka". Eureka Times-Standard. Retrieved December 20, 2016.
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