Could it really be true? Disney Studios have apparently greenlit plans for an Artemis Fowl movie adaptation.
Artemis Fowl, the fantasy book series about the titular scheming genius Fowl and his encounters with a world of fairies and mythical creatures, finally will be turned into a movie thanks to Disney Studios and the Weinstein Company, reports Reuters. Adapted by Michael Goldenburg, scrrenwriter for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, the movie will mark a reunion between the two production companies who were previously at loggerheads.
Writer Eoin Colfer Will Finally Have His Book Series Made Into Films.
Weinstein company co-founder, Harvey Weinstein, claims to have been introduced to the eight book series by actor Robert De Niro and producer Jane Rosenthal. He said in a statement "If you would have told me five years ago I would be producing a project with Disney I would have thought you were crazy."
For fans of the book franchise, the news that their favourite books about the 12 year-old millionaire genius are being brought to life stirs up a cocktail of opposing emotions. We've been taunted by the so-called plans for the film for years, with fake trailers/posters/teaser/you-name-it surfacing online and quickly being revealed as fake. The greenlit movie doesn't have a title or release date just yet but will apparently combine the first two novels into one film.
Harvey Weinstein Was Impressed Enough With Colfer's Novels That He Decided To Work With Disney Again.
The idea that the Lower Elements and the book's inhabitant fantastical creatures will finally be visualised is certainly an exciting one, but fans who've grown up with the long-running book series can't help but be a little precious about their Irish anti-hero, his butler accomplice, recon elf Holly Short and techie centaur Foaly. There's too much margin for error and deviation from author Eoin Colfer's original narrative or, worse, attempts to market the film as 'one for the boys' as a reaction to the many female-fronted action novel adaptations that have surfaced in recent years, including Twilight, The Hunger Games, and the upcoming Divergent trilogy.
The strengths of Colfer's characters and storylines lie in the emotion stirred up, evolving friendships, depth of character development, and the sheer pace of every adventure. We've all seen a dodgy adaptation of our favourite books (cough-Stormbreaker-cough) and sometimes the events and people we cherish in a novel come out soured and distorted as the stories are given the shiny, conclusive Hollywood makeover.
It Is Not Known How Much Colfer Was Paid For The Film Rights To Artemis Fowl.
And what about when several books are crammed into one film? A Series Of Unfortunate Events is what: a mangled mutant of Lemony Snicket's dark novels, saved only by the comedy of Jim Carrey. So forgive us Disney if we don't jump at the news of finally being able to see Arty and Fairy Co. brought to life and treat your upcoming adaptation with trepidation. As Capt. Holly Short would put it, "stay back human, you don't know what you're dealing with."
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