Selma director Ava DuVernay is currently being courted by two separate Hollywood studios to helm their respective films.
According to Deadline.com writer Mike Fleming Jr., Disney has offered her A Wrinkle In Time, an adaptation of the 1963 Madeleine L’Engle fantasy classic novel that has a script by Oscar-winning Frozen writer and co-director Jennifer Lee; while Amblin is eying her for Intelligent Life, a sci-fi thriller scripted by Colin Trevorrow and his Jurassic World collaborator Derek Connolly.
A Wrinkle In Time is about a young girl whose father, a government scientist, has gone missing after working on a mysterious project called a tesseract, which involves being transported to a fifth dimension with mysterious inhabited planets.
Amblin and Trevorrow have lobbied DuVernay for Intelligent Life, a fable about a UN worker in a department designed to represent mankind if there was ever contact with aliens, who falls for a mystery woman who turns out to be an alien.
Fleming Jr. writes:
I don’t know if DuVernay will do one, the other, or both of these. Thing is, I worry that the repetitive press narrative about diversity doesn’t give enough credit to what has propelled DuVernay, or Nate Parker, Ryan Coogler, Michael B. Jordan, Gary Gray, Ice Cube, Kevin Hart and others to success in the last 12 months. It’s hustle, betting on oneself and not waiting for a level playing field.
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