The popular book series Artemis Fowl will soon be adapted into a film, it was announced this week, as Disney revealed that they will be developing the film with former head of Miramax Harvey Weinstein. This will be Weinstein’s first time working with Disney since the two famously parted ways in 2005, when Weinstein and brother Bob Weinstein left the company to form The Weinstein Co.
Published by Disney Publishing Worldwide, Artemis Fowl tells the story of the 12-year-old millionaire and criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl, who takes on more than he realizes when he kidnaps a fairy (Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit) for her magic’s power to save his family. The film adaptation will cover the first and second books of the best-selling children’s series, which has seven books in total.
The film rights to Artemis Fowl were first purchased by Weinstein for Miramax in 2001, but became Disney’s property when Weinstein left the company in 2005. His return to produce the film is part of Disney and Weinstein’s separation settlement.
Artemis Fowl will feature a screenplay by Michael Goldenberg (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix), with Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal serving as executive producers. Stay tuned for more news on this exciting adaptation.