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FINALLY! Disney Announces 'Artemis Fowl Film!

Walt Disney World: VARIETY reports: Walt Disney Studios is developing a movie based on Eoin Colfer’s series of “Artemis Fowl” books that Harvey Weinstein will produce.

From TH Creative
Posted July 30, 2013 at 3:55 PM
Eoin Colfer's epic stories boast fantastic characters and great stories. The high-tech/fantasy premise makes it a perfect franchise for a presence in Tomorrowland. An AF attraction would fit perfectly in the space occupied by 'Stitch's (not so) Great Escape.' After that replace 'Tomorrowland Speedway' with 'Journey to the Center of the Earth.'


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From TH Creative
Posted July 30, 2013 at 3:53 PM
“It is also exciting to partner with friends Alan Bergman, Sean Bailey and of course Bob Iger who has been incredibly generous to me over the years,” Harvey Weinstein said. “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.”

From TH Creative
Posted July 30, 2013 at 3:57 PM
“If you would have told me five years ago I would be producing a project with Disney I would have thought you were crazy,” said Weinstein, co-chairman of the Weinstein Co. “I feel as though everything is coming full circle considering Bob DeNiro 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.”

Robert DeNiro and Jane Rosenthal will executive produce the film.

From Andy Milito
Posted July 30, 2013 at 4:29 PM
Haven't touched the book series at all, so all my views are blind. I'll wait for a trailer.

From TH Creative
Posted July 30, 2013 at 5:08 PM
21 million have "touched the book(s)."

From Tyler Harris
Posted July 30, 2013 at 5:11 PM
Never heard of it. I will go if it looks good.

From TH Creative
Posted July 30, 2013 at 5:30 PM
551 reviews on Amazon .. Averaging 4 stars.

Granted my novel '7097-050719' has averaged 5 stars ... but only 7 reviews.

From James Trexen
Posted July 30, 2013 at 5:36 PM
We can only hope that this doesn't fall along the grounded stage like Guillermo Del Toro's Haunted Mansion, the Tom Hanks/Tim Allen Jungle Cruise or Jon Favreau's Magic Kingdom.

From Andrew Dougherty
Posted July 30, 2013 at 6:08 PM
Ehhhh, never was really interested in the books. Might see it if the trailers and reviews are positive.

From Andy Milito
Posted July 30, 2013 at 6:35 PM
@James

It's strange how all of those are related to Disney theme parks... hopefully Brad Bird's Tomorrowland doesn't fall through!

From James Trexen
Posted July 30, 2013 at 6:51 PM
Andy, that was no coincidence. I could name a couple more Disney films that didn't gain traction, but since this is a theme park site, I stuck to the ones listed above. And I forgot about the Tomorrowland movie, if that's even related to the land at all. However, it looks like that picture is ready to start filming soon, so you can rest your fears.

From Andrew Dougherty
Posted July 30, 2013 at 8:36 PM
Just putting it out there. It looks like R.I.P.D. is likely going to bomb in the box office.

From Bryce McGibeny
Posted July 30, 2013 at 9:50 PM
Loved those books! I've always thought it would make a great film, but only if done right.

From TH Creative
Posted July 31, 2013 at 1:26 AM
They need strong names for the title character and Holly Short.

From Mike Gallagher
Posted July 31, 2013 at 11:35 AM
How about Shelly Long for the latter? :)

From Tyler Harris
Posted July 31, 2013 at 12:15 PM
Speaking of movies.....WHY DID PACIFIC RIM BE A FLOP?
It was a great idea!!!

From James Trexen
Posted July 31, 2013 at 1:12 PM
Maybe because it involves too much popping off the screen, similar to how your all capitals question did to me.

From Andrew Dougherty
Posted July 31, 2013 at 1:21 PM
Pacific Rim was actually quite profitable. About 3/4tths of the money was made out in foreign countries. I thought it was a pretty good film though.

From Mike Gallagher
Posted July 31, 2013 at 1:24 PM
See, James, there's the difference between me and you. You concentrated on the CAPITAL LETTERS, which are annoying in their own right. I concentrated on the fact that the CAPITAL LETTERS are doing a terrible job of hiding the utter grammatical mess of the words themselves.

Yeah, I know I'll be called a Grammar Nazi, but Jeez, Tyler...take some pride in what you write. Take a cue from Dominick D. He's come a loooong way.

From TH Creative
Posted July 31, 2013 at 1:34 PM
Artemis Fowl author Eoin Colfer indicated that he'd like to see Saoirse Ronan play Captain Holly Short.

Irish actor Devon Murray (who played Seamus Finnigan in the Potter films) coveted the role of Artemis Fowl. But he's now far too old for the role.

From Dominick D
Posted July 31, 2013 at 8:06 PM
Indeed I have Mike ;)

By the way, does anyone notice the Robert De Niro is a producer on this? That makes it all the more interesting, even if alot of the stuff he did last decade was awful. He redeemed himself in Silver Linings Playbook though.

From Tyler Harris
Posted August 1, 2013 at 5:36 AM
Why not James Cameron? This would make the film better even before production. But you never know with Deniro.

Thanks gosh this film didn't have Tyler Perrey as director.

From Andy Milito
Posted August 1, 2013 at 11:37 AM
It's good to see De Niro back in action, albeit with one good movie. I doubt he'll screw up something as easy as producing though...

Also, any talk of who will direct it?

From TH Creative
Posted August 1, 2013 at 1:05 PM
For those who are unfamiliar with the stories, the author Eoin Colfer dropped the book right in the middle of Harry Potter mania -- when young adult books where all the rage.

When the book was published sales rocketed.

There's a story (which may or may not be true): After the book was published he was still a school teacher in Ireland. One day he was on the playground supervising recess when he received a call from his agent. Something like two days later he was in Hollywood negotiating movie rights with Disney/Miramax.

From Manny Rodriguez
Posted August 2, 2013 at 10:06 AM
Holly Short as replacement for stitch anyone??

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