Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Eion Colfer's Artemis Fowl to the Big Screen

Eion Colfer's Artemis Fowl, a terrific and extremely popular YA series, is coming to the big screen. 

Walt Disney Studios announced yesterday that it's in development on the film adaptation of Eoin Colfer's “Artemis Fowl” series with Harvey Weinstein (“Django Unchained”) producing. Variety reports Weinstein initially bought the film rights back in 2000.

“I feel as though everything is coming full circle considering Bob De Niro 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,” said Weinstein. “… 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.”

Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal will executive produce the project, and Michael Goldenberg (“Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix”) will be writing the screenplay.

According to the Walt Disney Studio press release, the movie will be based on the first two books in the series: Artemis Fowl and Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident.

Twelve-year-old Artemis Fowl is a millionaire, a genius – and a criminal mastermind.

The Artemis Fowl books have sold more than 21 million copies in 44 language worldwide.

1 comment:

J F Norris said...

This has taken a long time! These books were published by Miramax Talk an offshoot of Weinberg's old movie production company Miramax Films. I knew the books were in development but never imagined it would take over a decade for the first movie to get the greenlight.