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The Artemis Fowl series of children’s novel is a critical and commercially success since their publication in 2001 but the movie adaptation has been in development hell since 2005. Now the unthinkable has happened, Harvey Weinstein is set to movies for Disney.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news about the deal. Harvey Weinstein famously left Miramax in 2005 to form the Weinstein Co. with his brother Bob and relations have between Harvey Weinstein and Disney have been acrimonious ever since. Harvey Weinstein when he was at Miramax brought the rights to Artemis Fowl novels in 2001 but the rights remained at Disney. Now a deal has been reached Disney and Harvey Weinstein thanks to Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn and Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal (the Meet the Parents Trilogy, The Good Shepherd) are set to Executive Produce.
Written by Irish novelist Eoin Colfer Artemis Fowl was considered the next ‘Harry Potter’ when it first published. The novels follows Artemis Fowl II, a 12-year-old boy who is a master criminal on the search for his missing father and his mother suffers a nervous breakdown. The first novel also sees Artemis crossing the fairy people in the first novel when he kidnaps and holds ransom a fairy agent, Holly Short.
Michael Goldenberg of Harry Potter and the Order and the Phoenix, Peter Pan and Green Lantern fame is set to adapt the first two novels, Artemis Fowl and Artemis Fowl: The Artic Incident into one movie.