Disney has announced directors on two of its upcoming films. James Mangold (3:10 to Yuma, The Wolverine) will direct Captain Nemo, an origin story based on Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. And Selma director Ava DuVernay will direct an adaptation of the Madeleine L’Engle’s fantasy classic novel A Wrinkle In Time. Frozen writer and co-director Jennifer Lee will pen the script. Written between 1959 and 1960, L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time tells the story of a young girl Meg, whose father, a government scientist, has gone missing after working on a mysterious project called a tesseract.
Captain Nemo will tell Nemo’s story as he creates his warship Nautilus. The 1954 Disney adaptation of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea was one of the earliest live-action pictures made by Walt Disney, and is famous the giant squid scene. It became the second-highest-grossing film that year, won three Oscars and became the basis for a Disney theme park attraction.