This week sees the release of A Wrinkle in Time, the long-awaited big-budget adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s iconic children’s novel. It’s a book that’s been a part of many generations’ childhoods, so it only made sense that someone would turn it into a movie. Under the direction of Ava DuVernay (Selma) and screenwriter Jennifer Lee (Frozen), the film became Disney’s latest live-action project outside of the Star Wars franchise and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As well as being the first movie directed by an African-American woman to receive a budget exceeding $100m, it signalled a potential shift in Disney’s strategy – both in terms of live-action films and non-franchises. However, that plan ...

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