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Disney's Artemis Fowl adaptation to be directed by Kenneth Branagh

09.01.2015

An adaptation of Eoin Colfer's "Artemis Fowl" YA fantasy series has been in the works for close to fifteen years, but after many false starts and an extended period in development hell, the adaptation may have finally found new life. The Tracking Board reports that Walt Disney Pictures and The Weinstein Company have secured the talents of Kenneth Branagh to develop and direct the property.

Development of ARTEMIS FOWL is still in the early stages with Irish playwright Conor McPherson currently in talks to write the script, but getting Kenneth Branagh on board will surely give this project the kick in the butt it needs to get going. Colfer's "Artemis Fowl" series has spanned eight books and several graphic novel adaptations but I'm afraid that I'm completely unfamiliar with what the series is all about. Assuming you're in the same boat as me, shall we find out together?

The fantasy series follows the brilliant and cunning 12-year-old eponymous criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl II, whose cunning plot to extort gold from the secret Fairy People puts him directly in the cross-hairs of some of the most dangerous creatures on earth. Over the series, Fowl becomes a sort of anti-hero rather than a full-fledged villain, often having to work together with the fairies to stop a slew of treacherous megalomaniacs.

Well that certainly sounds...interesting, but will the series' adaptation to film prove to be a "Harry Potter" or an "Eragon" for Disney and TWC? With Branagh's CINDERELLA making some serious money for Disney, I can all too well imagine their desire to keep the filmmaker in the Disney family. Kenneth Branagh has also been in talks to direct MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS for Fox.

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8:12PM on 09/02/2015

Needs to be darkish

More along the lines of Harry Potter 4-7 with some nice British humor/action (monty python mixed with Hot fuzz) throughout. Make Artemis a little older and this could be a huge hit. I loved the books almost as much as Harry Potter.
More along the lines of Harry Potter 4-7 with some nice British humor/action (monty python mixed with Hot fuzz) throughout. Make Artemis a little older and this could be a huge hit. I loved the books almost as much as Harry Potter.
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9:04AM on 09/02/2015
This could be an interesting new movie franchise. I'm also waiting for the long rumored Skullduggery Pleasant adaptation. My cousin would be so psyched on that one getting a movie.
This could be an interesting new movie franchise. I'm also waiting for the long rumored Skullduggery Pleasant adaptation. My cousin would be so psyched on that one getting a movie.
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6:59AM on 09/02/2015

Better written than Harry Potter...

The film may or may not be a success, but with KB at the helm I have hope. Considering these books are head and shoulders above the tripe that is Harry Potter, the source material also strengthens the possibility of a great film. Unfortunately, you'll never get all 7 books into film before the lead actor stops looking 12.
The film may or may not be a success, but with KB at the helm I have hope. Considering these books are head and shoulders above the tripe that is Harry Potter, the source material also strengthens the possibility of a great film. Unfortunately, you'll never get all 7 books into film before the lead actor stops looking 12.
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11:23PM on 09/01/2015

Die Hard with Fairies.

About. Damn. Time.

I've been waiting for this movie since 2000 when I read the first book, and the back page had a contest to star in the Artemis Fowl movie, which was in production with Miramax. This will make a fantastic film series, and Branagh is a great choice to direct it. Asa Butterfield would have been the perfect Artemis, as well as Frank Dillane (young Voldemort from Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince), had they started this several years ago. I've always said Jason Statham
About. Damn. Time.

I've been waiting for this movie since 2000 when I read the first book, and the back page had a contest to star in the Artemis Fowl movie, which was in production with Miramax. This will make a fantastic film series, and Branagh is a great choice to direct it. Asa Butterfield would have been the perfect Artemis, as well as Frank Dillane (young Voldemort from Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince), had they started this several years ago. I've always said Jason Statham should play Butler, even though he is a little small for the role, and if they don't cast J.K. Simmons to be Commander Root, I don't know what they are thinking...

Seriously, for those who haven't read this series, it is up there as one of my top five favorite fantasy series ever (next to Harry Potter, Skulduggery Pleasant, Inkheart, Reckless/Fearless, and Percy Jackson). This movie is gonna be great.
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12:09AM on 09/02/2015
just hope it gets a proper treatment and doesn't end up like one of those sort of lame adaption (Percy Jackson, Alex Rider) that instantly becomes forgetable. It's been a while since I read them but were the fairies supposed to be smaller than normal hmans. I could see them doing something like taking J.K. Simmons head and placing it on a CGI fairy body workign really well.
just hope it gets a proper treatment and doesn't end up like one of those sort of lame adaption (Percy Jackson, Alex Rider) that instantly becomes forgetable. It's been a while since I read them but were the fairies supposed to be smaller than normal hmans. I could see them doing something like taking J.K. Simmons head and placing it on a CGI fairy body workign really well.
4:52AM on 09/02/2015
Alex Rider series could have been Much Better.
Alex Rider series could have been Much Better.
7:04AM on 09/02/2015
I'm with you on the love for AF, but have never understood love for Skulduggery or Percy Jackson...I found them to be far too predictable. C'est le vie.

The JK Simmons reference is good. Statham isn't Asian enough or big enough to play Butler, but he definitely has the right general aptitude. Wasn't Winona Ryder up for Holly once, in the early talks?
I'm with you on the love for AF, but have never understood love for Skulduggery or Percy Jackson...I found them to be far too predictable. C'est le vie.

The JK Simmons reference is good. Statham isn't Asian enough or big enough to play Butler, but he definitely has the right general aptitude. Wasn't Winona Ryder up for Holly once, in the early talks?
11:16PM on 09/01/2015
As I actually used to read these when I was younger this has me excited. There is a ton of potential here for a great franchise and If done right this could very well be annother Harry Potter. Branagh seems as good a choice as any and I hope for the best.
As I actually used to read these when I was younger this has me excited. There is a ton of potential here for a great franchise and If done right this could very well be annother Harry Potter. Branagh seems as good a choice as any and I hope for the best.
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10:21PM on 09/01/2015
If this movie was being made couple years ago, I can see Asa Butterfield play the title character...
If this movie was being made couple years ago, I can see Asa Butterfield play the title character...
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10:10PM on 09/01/2015
It's a fun book series, I wonder if they will get an actor who is close to that age or age it up. Plus, I'm looking forward to seeing how Holly and Butler will come to life.
It's a fun book series, I wonder if they will get an actor who is close to that age or age it up. Plus, I'm looking forward to seeing how Holly and Butler will come to life.
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10:08PM on 09/01/2015
Strange that Branagh has been the go-to guy to start a lot of franchises (Thor, Jack Ryan). After Cinderella, I was hoping he would get back to some more adult material. But I'm open to this. I kind of hope he gets asked to direct one of the Fantastic Beasts movies, based on his connection to the Harry Potter films.
Strange that Branagh has been the go-to guy to start a lot of franchises (Thor, Jack Ryan). After Cinderella, I was hoping he would get back to some more adult material. But I'm open to this. I kind of hope he gets asked to direct one of the Fantastic Beasts movies, based on his connection to the Harry Potter films.
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