"A Wrinkle In Time" Articles

From "Entertainment Weekly" Feb. 1, 2002

 

Production Starts on Mini-Series Adaptation of 'A Wrinkle In Time'.

Issue: April 26, 2001

'A Wrinkle In Time' Is Set to Become the First Mini-Series Featured On

ABC's Wonderful World of Disney, Starring Katie Stuart, David Dorfman,

Gregory Smith, Kyle Secor, Chris Potter, Sarah-Jane Redmond, Kate Nelligan,

Alison Elliott and Alfre Woodard

NEW YORK, April 26 /PRNewswire/ --

Miramax Television, in association with Dimension Films and Fireworks, is proud to announce that production has begun on "A Wrinkle in Time," the upcoming four hour, two part mini-series based on Madeleine L'Engle's Newbery Medal winning children's book. It was also announced today, by Miramax president of television Billy Campbell and Fireworks CEO and chairman Jay Firestone, that the mini-series is set to air on ABC during the 2001-2002 season.

Susan Shilliday ("Legends of the Fall," "Thirtysomething") adapted the book into a screenplay, with John Kent Harrison ("What the Deaf Man Heard") to direct. The project will be produced by the British Columbia production company, BLT Productions, and will be executive produced by Jay Firestone, Adam Haight, Josanne Lovick and Jordan Kerner ("George of the Jungle," "Inspector Gadget," "When a Man Loves a Woman," "Fried Green Tomatoes"). Miramax co-chairmen Bob and Harvey Weinstein, co-president of production Bob Osher, and Billy Campbell will supervise the project for Miramax TV. Catherine Hand will be co-executive producer. Fireworks will distribute the project to foreign television, while distribution in the U.S. and worldwide video, will be handled by Miramax.

"A Wrinkle In Time" will star Katie Stuart ("Magician's House 1 & 2") as Meg Murry, David Dorfman ("Bounce," "Ally McBeal") as Charles Wallace, Gregory Smith ("The Patriot") as Calvin O'Keefe, Kyle Secor ("Homicide," "City of Angels") as Hank, Chris Potter ("Final Jeopardy") as Jack Murry, Sarah-Jane Redmond ("X-Files," "Dark Angel") as Dana Murry, Kate Nelligan ("Prince of Tides") as Mrs. Which, Alison Elliott ("Miracle Worker," Miramax's "Wings of the Dove," and "Spitfire Grill") as Mrs. Who, and Alfre Woodard (Miramax's "Down in the Delta," "Passion Fish," and "Grand Canyon") as Mrs. Whatsit.

"A Wrinkle In Time" is the classic tale of two children's (Meg and Charles Wallace) dangerous quest through time in search of their missing father. During their journey, Meg, Charles Wallace and their friend Calvin must travel behind the shadow of an evil power that is darkening the cosmos, one planet at a time. The trio, with the help of three extraordinary celestial beings, must rely on their individual and collective strengths, delving deep within themselves to save their father's life -- as well as their own.

"This wonderful novel by Madeleine L'Engle has always been one of my favorites and I couldn't be happier with the terrific team assembled to bring it to the television audience," said Bob Weinstein.

"I'm proud that Miramax Television is involved with such an amazing project and extremely pleased to see 'Wrinkle' come to ABC as a mini-series," said Billy Campbell.

 

"I'm so thrilled that Miramax, Fireworks and ABC are bringing my book to television," said L'Engle. "I still believe that this story which speaks to the infinite possibilities of love is as current today as it was when I wrote it in 1962." "This book is required reading in schools across North America and is about to become appointment television around the world," said Firestone. "Whenever I tell someone -- parent or child -- that we're filming 'A Wrinkle In Time' they respond with a huge smile," said Susan Lyne of ABC. "It's one of those rare books that has given so much pleasure to so many people. We're thrilled we can bring it to a network audience." "Having produced many family films for Disney, this fantastic journey across the universe and within the hearts of three young people is extremely challenging to bring to life," said Jordan Kerner. "We have attempted to translate Madeleine's vision for the screen and an entirely new generation of audience. It is an elevating task to accurately present its adventure, its spiritual/emotional quest and its inherent science-fiction fantasy." Campbell will be overseeing the project for Miramax and Greg Phillips will be overseeing for Fireworks. Susan Lyne and Nancy Bennett are overseeing the mini for ABC.