Producer Harvey Weinstein will develop film adaptation of Artemis Fowl with Walt Disney Studios. Here’s more from the release:
The live-action feature will be based on the first and second installments in Disney Publishing Worldwide’s best-selling children’s fiction series by author Eoin Colfer. The screenplay is being written by Michael Goldenberg (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix). Robert DeNiro and Jane Rosenthal will executive produce the project.
There are over 21 million copies of the eight-book fantasy series in print, telling the story of a 12 year old millionaire and “criminal mastermind” who gets in trouble with fairies. He quickly discovers that “these aren’t the fairies of the bedtime stories – they’re dangerous.”
In the press release, Weinstein professed his love for the series:
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 … This is a special project for me because my children absolutely love this book.