Ava DuVernay has finally set her follow-up to Selma. The director will helm Disney’s film adaptation of A Wrinkle In Time.
The news was first reported today by Deadline, although DuVernay has been circling the project for over a year. It will be written by Frozen co-director/writer Jennifer Lee, who was hired back in August 2014.
DuVernay has also been attached to the Amblin Entertainment project Intelligent Life, which stars Lupita Nyong’o and was written by Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly. Deadline says that DuVernay is still working on that, so it’s not clear which one will come first.
A Wrinkle In Time will be based on the novel by Madeleine L’Engle and centers on a young girl whose father, a scientist, goes missing. She helps find him and meets amazing creatures while learning about the mysterious project he was working on.
While DuVernay worked with a major studio on Selma, that film only cost $20 million to make. Both A Wrinkle In Time and Intelligent Live would be major steps in her filmmaking career, which started in low-budget indies.
DuVernay’s Selma was nominated for the Best Picture Oscar and won Best Original Song. After the film hit, she was offered Marvel’s Black Panther, but turned the Disney-owned studio down.