Wednesday 31 July 2013

Disney and Harvey Weinstein Teaming Up to Produce Artemis Fowl

The children's novel, Artemis Fowl, is to be made into a live-action film by Disney, in collaboration with Hollywood icon Harvey Weinstein, who's producing.

The series, which tells the story of the titular Artemis Fowl, a boy genius and criminal mastermind, who steals a fairy to try and harness its magical powers to save his family's fortune, is being scripted by Michael Goldenberg (Harry Potter and the Order of the PhoenixGreen Lanten). The film will be executive produced by Jane Rosenthal and Robert DeNiro.

These are some pretty big names, so Artemis Fowl is getting the full Disney treatment here. The film will adapt the first two books of Eoin Colfer's best-selling eight book series (the second is called Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident), and Disney/Weinstein are clearly hoping to spawn a franchise. The series has sold 21 million copies in 44 different languages.
"With its balance of mystery, adventure and family appeal, Artemis Fowl is a natural fit for Disney," said Sean Bailey, president, Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production. "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 Weinstein, co-chairman, The Weinstein Company, who famously split with Disney after a clash with former top brass Michael Eisner. "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."
Alan Horn, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios, added: "Harvey is one of the preeminent producers in the industry, with impeccable taste and creative instincts. I had a wonderful time working with Harvey during my tenure at Warner Bros, and I'm very happy to continue that relationship here at Disney."
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.
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