Artemis Fowl will be coming to life! Yes, it’s true. The uber-best selling children’s series by Eoin Colfer will be made into a blockbuster with the help of Walt Disney Studios and producer Harvey Weinstein. And that’s not all the star power that is involved. The screenplay is being penned by Michael Goldenberg (who did the screenplay for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix) plus Robert DeNiro and Jane Rosenthal will be executive producing the film.
Disney will be doing two films from the books.
“With its balance of mystery, adventure and family appeal, Artemis Fowl is a natural fit for Disney,” said Sean Bailey, the president of Walt Disney Studios. “We’re looking forward to collaborating with Harvey on this exciting 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.”
So true, so true. For those of you not familiar with the Artemis Fowl book series here it is in a nutshell:
“Artemis Fowl is about a 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.”
Can’t wait to see what they do with the film version!