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Interview With Screenwriter Jennifer Lee On ‘A Wrinkle In Time’

I attended the #WrinkleInTimeEvent on behalf of Disney and ABC in Los Angeles 2/24-2/27.  This post is part of the required content series, all opinions and experiences are my own.

Interview With Screenwriter Jennifer Lee On 'A Wrinkle In Time'

An interview with Screenwriter Jennifer Lee and her adaptation of Disney’s A Wrinkle In Time, NOW playing in theaters across the nation!!

You may know Jennifer Lee from a little movie she wrote for Disney a few years back called Frozen.  Yes you heard that correctly, Jennifer Lee co-wrote the INSANELY HUGE Disney film, Frozen!  This is actually the second time I have met and interviewed Jennifer Lee.  While covering the Cinderella press junket, Jennifer met with us mom bloggers on the short Frozen Fever.  We sat down with her once again to discuss her work on adapting the classic novel ‘A Wrinkle In Time‘ into the Disney film.  Here are some highlights from the interview.

Interview With Screenwriter Jennifer Lee On 'A Wrinkle In Time'

On Bringing The Book To Life

It took four years. When I heard they were looking for a writer, I was like, “Oh oh oh!” ‘Cause I had loved it as a kid, my daughter was actually reading it. So I was reading it again and I just kept saying, I had a whole take on it but I wanted to try it. I wasn’t trying to do the book, adapting it for the film. If we try to be the book we’ll fail. But showing our love for the book, showing sort of how much inspiration there is in the book and how strong the journey is in the book. I could stay true to that, then we might have a chance of finally getting it made. ‘Cause it’s been years of trying. When Ava joined, that was the final magic piece of the puzzle.

On The Lines From The Book That Must Be Included

Wild nights in my glory. I give you your flaws.

There are so many. There’s so many that I have to go to like, we would take like a whole paragraph and have to reduce it to a sentence. So there are things where I think are in the book and then I look back and I go, Oh no, the book is like a page on the subject. And like Mrs. Which says to Meg at one point, and I thought this was in the book, where she says, “Do you know all of the events that had to occur in the universe to create you exactly as you are?” And I was like, oh, that’s not in the book, that’s just what the book gave me.

Interview With Screenwriter Jennifer Lee On 'A Wrinkle In Time'

On Mrs. Who’s Lines

In the book she didn’t just talk in quotes, she also spoke with regular voice. But I couldn’t understand sort of the exact motivation of that. So for myself, I said, well, what if she’s evolved past language? She’s so evolved. And so she uses our words.

And then what I loved about that is, it allowed us to never be on the nose with what she says. If she’s drawing from the canon of history, she could draw from anyone. We didn’t have to stick to some quotes from certain periods of like Shakespeare or stuff. We could have Jay-Z, we could have anyone we wanted. We had a blast, people sending in emails to Ava, to me, about favorite quotes they have. So that was really fun. There are some we loved but we couldn’t do, ’cause we couldn’t get the rights to do it. We didn’t realize how complicated that process was but it was fun.

Interview With Screenwriter Jennifer Lee On 'A Wrinkle In Time'

On Other Classic Books She Would Like To Adapt

Jane Austen and The Bronte Sisters, my head’s been in there lately. There are some that I was excited about that I found out are already being made.

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