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"Artemis Fowl" is finally getting the big-screen treatment after languishing in development limbo for over 10 years.
The bestselling sci-fi/fantasy series by Eoin Colfer follows the adventures of Artemis Fowl II, a 12-year-old whiz kid from a high-flying crime family. The movie will cover Fowl's shenanigans in the first two books, which include kidnapping a fairy, among other bright ideas. The books, which the author has called "'Die Hard' with fairies," are peppered with similarly supernatural creatures.
The live-action movie is currently in development at Disney, with Harvey Weinstein on board as a producer. Weinstein snagged the rights to "Artemis Fowl" in 2000 when he was the head of Miramax with his brother Bob. It's a little bit of inside baseball, but Weinstein and Disney are surprising bedfellows; things between the Weinsteins and Disney became fairly unpleasant after they sold Miramax to the House of Mouse.
Never one to mince words, Weinstein announced in a press release, "If you would have told me five years ago I would be producing a project with Disney I would have thought you were crazy... I feel as though everything is coming full circle considering [Robert] 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."
"Artemis Fowl" will be adapted by Michael Goldenberg, who wrote "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," "Peter Pan," and "Contact." De Niro and Rosenthal will serve as executive producers.