As Disney is busy bringing the world of Narnia to life for the big screen, its ABC Television Network is set to premiere another filmed adaptation of a classic piece of young adult fantasy literature. Based on the Newberry Award-winning book by Madeleine L’Engle, the telepic A Wrinkle in Time features visual effects by Toybox, Rainmaker Digital, Eden FX, Lost Boys Studios, Image Savant and MeniThings. It airs tonight at 8 p.m./7 p.m. central.
When astrophysicist Dr. Jack Murry (Chris Potter) disappears without a trace, his children, Meg (Katie Stuart) and Charles Wallace (David Dorfman), and neighbor Calvin O’Keefe (Gregory Smith) take it upon themselves to find him. Guided by Mrs. Whatsit (Alfre Woodard), Mrs. Who (Alison Elliott) and Mrs. Which (Kate Nelligan), the children embark on a cosmic quest before finally reaching the dark planet, Camazotz, where they encounter a society of human beings controlled by an evil force. They must use their collective and personal strengths to find Dr. Murry and save their own lives.
Published in 1962, the novel has sold more than six million copies in the U.S. and has been translated into more than 13 foreign languages. The movie was executive-produced by Josanne B. Lovick, Jay Firestone, Adam Haight, Patricia Rozema, Catherine Hand-O’Dell and Jordan Kerner, and produced by Fitch Cady. John Kent Harrison directed from a teleplay by Susan Shilliday (Legends of the Fall).