All Our Fifth Dimension Dreams Are Coming True: Ava DuVernay Has Been Asked to Direct 'A Wrinkle In Time'
Remember back to a year ago, when the Academy and much of the general public was refusing to acknowledge the minor masterpiece that was Selma? That was the same time we were all starting on the first round of #OscarsSoWhite, and DuVernay was a huge player in bringing the public’s attention to the lack of diversity within the Hollywood systems that lead to more visible problems like an all-white Oscar ballot. DuVernay has been fighting an uphill battle her whole career, and just because she’s finding success and attention now does not invalidate all of her struggles.
That being said, if there is any greater “F.U.” to everyone who’s ever stood in her way (both individual and systemically speaking), than the success she’s seeing at this moment, I can’t think of one.
DuVernay has already announced that she’s working on a TV show for Oprah’s OWN network. And even though she turned it down, how f*cking cool was it that she was offered Black Panther? We knew whatever she decided to work on next was going to be exciting, especially after turning down the Marvel movie for fear she might not have enough control. The woman has a voice that is strong and unique, more than most directors working today, and whatever she took on next was going to have to support that voice.
And that’s why the news that she has been offered A Wrinkle In Time is SO GODDAMN EXCITING. The 1963 Madeleine L’Engle book (and series) holds a special place in many a young bookworm’s heart. It’s the story of a 13-year-old girl whose scientist father goes missing after working on a mysterious government/fifth-dimensional device called the tesseract— kind of a more timey wimey Narnia spiritual companion. A Wrinkle In Time has deserved a great film adaptation for decades now, and with the combination of female protagonist, Ava DuVernay directing, and Frozen co-writer/co-director Jennifer Lee writing the script, this seems like the biggest bolt of girl power since Spice World left theaters. (But, like, not in the sarcastic way that that definitely sounded and actually wasn’t.)
Now, DuVernay hasn’t accepted this job yet. She’s also being courted by Colin Trevorrow, who’s written the screenplay for Intelligent Life, a sci-fi thriller about “a U.N worker in a department designed to represent mankind if there was ever contact with aliens, who falls for a mysterious woman who turns out to be an alien.” Okay, in any other scenario, that might sound like a kinda cool thing, even though we’ve seen how little Trevorrow seems to understand gender tropes and stereotypes, BUT IT’S A WRINKLE IN TIME. PLEASE CHOOSE THAT ONE, AVA.
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE.