Monday, July 29, 2013
By Julie Wiegan
Walt Disney Studios just announced that they are developing the Artemis Fowl movie with producer Harvey Weinstein. The live-action film will be based on the first and second installments from Disney Publishing Worldwide’s best-selling children’s fiction series by author Eoin Colfer.
For those not familiar with the book series, Artemis Fowl 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 book series currently has more than 21 million copies in print in 44 languages worldwide.
Michael Goldenberg (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix) is writing the screenplay, and Robert DeNiro and Jane Rosenthal will executive produce the project.
“If you would have told me five years ago I would be producing a project with Disney I would have thought you were crazy,” said Harvey Weinstein, Co-Chairman of The Weinstein Company. “I feel as though everything is coming full circle considering Bob DeNiro and Jane Rosenthal brought me this book while I was still at Miramax and within hours I told them I wanted the rights to the film. I am thrilled to be reunited with Alan Horn who I worked with while he was at Warner Bros. and we had tremendous success with The Aviator, Starsky and Hutch and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. It is also exciting to partner with friends Alan Bergman, Sean Bailey and of course Bob Iger who has been incredibly generous to me over the years. This is a special project for me because my children absolutely love this book. This story is for everyone and there is no one better than Disney to make a film that will excite people young and old.”