Disney (the mouse house) and Harvey Weinstein (the fire breathing dragon of Hollywood) are producing an adaptation of Artemis Fowl for the big screen. The live-action movie will be based on the first and second installments in the best-selling series, written by Eoin Colfer.
The Artemis Fowl film rights were initially purchased by Miramax in 2001. The company was then run by Harvey Weinstein and the development process saw several drafts from a succession of writers and even directors.
When Harvey Weinstein and his brother, Bob, left the company in 2005 and formed The Weinstein Co., the project then fell under the Disney banner and sat dormant for years. The project, however, was one of the titles that Harvey Weinstein would be allowed to produce as part of the separation settlement.
The Artemis Fowl screenplay is being written by Michael Goldenberg, who wrote Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
Harvey Weinstein now becomes an active producer project while Robert De Niro and his producing partner, Jane Rosenthal, act as executive producers.
For those who know nothing about the series of immensely popular books for kids, it is “about 12-year-old Artemis who is a millionaire, a genius — and above all, a criminal mastermind. But Artemis doesn’t know what he’s taken on when he kidnaps a fairy (Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit) to harness her magic to save his family. These aren’t the fairies of the bedtime stories — they’re dangerous.”
The series has more than 21 million copies in print in 44 languages worldwide.
As one person said about the film project, “An Artemis Fowl movie? Good luck, either you’re Harry Potter, Twilight, Hunger Games or you’re an also-ran, and I’m betting on the latter,” which we are too. We’re predicting that unless it gets an amazing cast and director it will end up as popular as the movie version of Eragon.
Stay tuned for casting and director updates.