Children’s Books on Screen: Commercial Appeal

Based on the beloved children’s book, “A Wrinkle in Time” has star power with Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Zach Galifianakis, Chris Pine, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Mindy Kaling.

Jennifer Lee, who wrote and co-directed “Frozen” with Chris Buck, penned the adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s 1962 novel.

Ava DuVernay, the director of “Selma” and the Oscar-nominated documentary “13th,” was hired by Disney in early 2016, making her the first woman of color to helm a $100 million-budgeted movie.

The story follows a group of children as they travel through time and visit strange worlds in order to find their missing father.

There have been many successful film adaptations of prominent children’s literature.

The eight-film Harry Potter franchise is the top performer with $7.7 billion in worldwide box office.

Disney generated more than $950 million from 2016’s “The Jungle Book,” based on Rudyard Kipling stories.

The studio also took in more than $1 billion from 2010’s “Alice in Wonderland.”

But the 2016 sequel “Alice Through the Looking Glass” was a rare flop for Disney.