Ava DuVernay Eyed to Direct ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ and Colin Trevorrow’s ‘Intelligent Life’
Update: THR reports that Lupita Nyong’o is in talks to star in Intelligent Life with DuVernay circling the director’s chair, adding that the film’s schedule does not compete with A Wrinkle in Time, which means that she could direct both if she so chooses. Original story continues below...
We’ve been anxiously waiting for Ava DuVernay to select her next feature film project, and although she passed on Marvel’s Black Panther, the Selma director has remained very busy executive producing, writing and directing the TV series Queen Sugar for Oprah Winfrey’s network — not to mention acquiring films for her ARRAY distribution banner. It looks as though DuVerna may be close to selecting her next feature directing project, as she’s reportedly being courted for not one, but two upcoming sci-fi projects.
Thanks to Selma, DuVernay has become a highly-coveted director, though she’s been (wisely) taking her time selecting a follow-up project. According to Deadline, DuVernay is wanted for two upcoming projects: Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time, based on a screenplay by Frozen co-writer and co-director Jennifer Lee; and Intelligent Life, based on a screenplay by Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow and his creative partner Derek Connolly (lest you forget that Trevorrow was plucked for the Jurassic job based on the strength of their sci-fi indie, Safety Not Guaranteed).
A Wrinkle in Time is based on the 1963 Madeleine L’Engle novel and centers on a little girl whose scientist father goes missing after working on a secret government project involving a tesseract, which would enable fifth-dimensional time travel. Intelligent Life is set up at Steven Spielberg’s Amblin and was originally intended as Trevorrow and Connolly’s follow-up to Safety Not Guaranteed. Based somewhat on The Ambassador, the story follows a special UN agent assigned to represent mankind as the ambassador of Earth, should we ever make contact with alien life. The representative falls for a mysterious woman, whose secret you can probably already guess.
It’s unclear if DuVernay will select either of these gigs, though each of them seem compelling in their own ways. Wherever she decides to go next, we’re ready to follow.