During the Wrinkle In Time Press Junket we had the opportunity to sit down with screenwriter of Wrinkle In Time. Guess what? She also wrote Frozen and worked on Wreck-It Ralph and Zootopia. So yep, she’s a pretty amazing lady in Hollywood.
So how did she take a 392 award winning book and turn it into a major motion picture?
Well the idea was to get the feeling and point of the story and not try to be the same. It took her four years and she said it was a challenge. She loved reading it as a child and said that here daughter read it in fifth grade. She also gave credit to Ava DuVernay, she was the last needed piece in the puzzle to make this movie work.
Jennifer Lee wrote for 2 years, she mentioned that she seems to write best in the morning, she would then in the afternoon work in animation because hello that is her day job. I love that Jennifer Lee is a woman of many hats. Jennifer Lee worked closely with the studio and then once Ava was brought on she worked very closely with her. They worked and worked to make it deeper. They really wanted to make a movie that made you feel something. They also added a character to the movie and this character, Veronica is “actually a matchup of her biggest bully and my biggest bully.” Jennifer Lee also spoke about the research and crazy scientific conversations she participated in with Chris Pine and Dr. Alexander someone that knew about quantum physics.
What quotes from the movie were important to Jennifer Lee?
She said, “Wild Nights are my glory” and “I give you your flaws” had to be in there. She went on to say that there were so many more it would be impossible to put them all in. She would want to put in whole paragraphs and then have to reduce that paragraph down to a sentence. And somehow she ended up with the line “Do you know all of the events that had to occur in the universe to create you exactly as you are?”. That line is not in the book but that is the sentiment that Jennifer Lee felt and wanted the audience to hear.
Why did Jennifer Lee change Mrs. Who’s character?
In the book Mrs. Who didn’t just speak in quotes, she also used her regular voice. So she came up with the idea that Mrs. Who has evolved past language. That allowed them to use anyone from any time in history into our current pop culture and some of the pop culture quotes are my favorite from the movie. She said they had a lot of fun with that.
What from the movie was your favorite quote? Go See Wrinkle In Time, now in theaters and come back and tell us your favorite quote.