The Artemis Fowl novels by Eoin Colfer are a fun romp through the supernatural underground featuring the world’s youngest criminal mastermind. I read the first book and years ago and was already picturing it as Disney’s potential answer to Harry Potter. Seems like someone at The Walt Disney Studios had the same idea as a movie based on the books is set to bring its magic to theaters May 27.
In “Artemis Fowl” you meet 12-year-old genius Artemis Fowl, a descendant from a long line of criminal masterminds. He finds himself in a battle of strength and cunning against a powerful, hidden race of fairies who may be behind his father’s disappearance.
Disney hired Kenneth Branagh to direct. Branagh doesn’t really stick to one style of movie but he has plenty of experience in the fantasy and action genres. He was at the helm for Disney’s 2015 film “Cinderella” and also directed “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” and the 2011 Marvel Studios film, “Thor.”
It had been a bit since we’d heard anything from the studios regarding Disney’s “Artemis Fowl,” I was beginning to wonder if it was even still on the release schedule. But it this morning a new trailer and poster for the film dropped.
That loooks pretty good! It appears Disney’s movie marketing team is just being more cautious with its promotional calendar now that it also has all the titles from Fox’s production schedule to release as well.
“Disney and Kenneth Branagh have magically found a way to extract my imagination, mixed in a dollop of Disney magic and projected the enchanted concoction onto the silver screen,” said author Eoin Colfer. “I am very excited for audiences to see the film.”
“Eoin Colfer created a landmark series of books and a totally original world of characters,” states Kenneth Branagh. “We hope that fans familiar with this charismatic anti-hero, will also join a first-time cinema audience in enjoying a sea of surprises – cunning twists and turns in a typical Artemis Fowl style. His Irish adventures are breathless, exhilarating, energized escapades on a truly global scale. Inspired by his legendary cheekiness and wit, we’ve been privileged to introduce the myth from the page and hopefully create a new hero for the big screen. It’s been a real joy to be on that ride.”
About “Artemis Fowl”
Disney’s “Artemis Fowl,” based on the beloved book by Eoin Colfer, is a fantastical, spellbinding adventure that follows the journey of 12-year-old genius Artemis Fowl, a descendant of a long line of criminal masterminds, as he seeks to find his father who has mysteriously disappeared. With the help of his loyal protector Butler, Artemis sets out to find him, and in doing so uncovers an ancient, underground civilization—the amazingly advanced world of fairies. Deducing that his father’s disappearance is somehow connected to the secretive, reclusive fairy world, cunning Artemis concocts a dangerous plan—so dangerous that he ultimately finds himself in a perilous war of wits with the all-powerful fairies.
“Artemis Fowl” is directed by Kenneth Branagh and stars Ferdia Shaw, Lara McDonnell, Josh Gad, Tamara Smart, Nonso Anozie, Josh McGuire, Nikesh Patel and Adrian Scarborough, with Colin Farrell and Judi Dench. Kenneth Branagh, p.g.a. and Judy Hofflund, p.g.a. are producing with Angus More Gordon and Matthew Jenkins serving as executive producers. Conor McPherson and Hamish McColl wrote the screenplay. Disney’s “Artemis Fowl” opens in U.S. theaters on May 29, 2020.