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DuVernay to direct "A Wrinkle in Time" for Disney
In this Jan. 2, 2015 file photo, Ava DuVernay poses at the Palm Springs International Film Festival opening night screening of "Selma," at Palm Springs High School, in Palm Springs, Calif. (Photo by Rob Latour/Invision/AP, File)
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Ava DuVernay has been set to direct an adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's 1963 fantasy classic "A Wrinkle in Time" for Disney. A studio source confirmed the collaboration on Tuesday, but was not authorized to discuss the deal publicly and requested anonymity.

The Newbery Medal-winning book follows the interdimensional adventures of a young girl whose government scientist father goes missing under mysterious circumstances.

"A Wrinkle in Time" is expected to go into production later this year with a script from "Frozen" writer and co-director Jennifer Lee. Catherine Hand, who also produced the 2003 TV movie adaption of the book, is attached to produce alongside "8 Mile" producer James Whitaker.

DuVernay is best known for directing the civil rights drama "Selma," which was nominated for a best picture Oscar last year.