Kenneth Branagh Developing ‘Artemis Fowl’ Adaptation for Disney

Kenneth Branagh and Conor McPherson Developing

After spending years in development limbo, Disney’s adaptation for “Artemis Fowl” may have found new life.

Sources tell Variety that Kenneth Branagh has signed on to develop the property and is attached to direct an adaptation of the popular YA novel for Disney, with Irish playwright Conor McPherson in talks to pen the script.

The project is still in early development as McPherson has yet to close a deal to adapt, but signs are pointing to in the right direction for the film to move forward.

Written by Eoin Colfer, the series follows the brilliant and cunning 12-year-old eponymous criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl II, whose plot to extort gold from the secret Fairy People puts him directly in the cross-hairs of some of the most dangerous creatures on earth. Over the series, Fowl becomes a sort of antihero rather than a full-fledged villain, often having to work together with the fairies to stop a slew of treacherous megalomaniacs.

Harvey Weinstein and Branagh are attached to produce.

Judy Hofflund is attached to exec produce. Julie Oh is overseeing for Weinstein while Tendo Nagenda and Jessica Virtue are overseeing for Disney.

Branagh is currently on board to direct a remake of “Murder at the Orient Express” for Fox. He is repped by WME and Becca Kovacik and Laura Berwick.

The Tracking Board first reported the Branagh news.

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  1. Jenny reline says:

    I don’t think they need a redo MARY POPPINS first of all the first one was good as it was every time they take a movie and rewrite it or rescreen it then f*** it up they don’t they need to leave it was good alone take House of Wax but they went too farand that’s just one for starters they made so many other movies that we made other movies that sucked if you want to make a remake make sure you follow the guidelines so we make it because you know you think you can make it better because you can’t I’m mad because so many good movies have been messed with and screwed around with that when they hit the box office they’re no good and they get no reviews and then people waste their time and money go and see this in the theater when they could just wait for it to come on DVD because it’s not going to be much money either way you look at it people if you’re an actor or director or something of yours directing Mary Poppins a shark comes out right if you think for one minute that you’re going to mess it up don’t do itleave the masterpiece that Disney did the first time around when you didn’t Mary Poppins alone.

  2. John Shea says:

    So, an Irish author, screenwriter, and producer/director! Bravo to all three.

  3. “To Pen the script”


    • J. Pulse says:

      You still need to write a script if it’s an adaptation from a book… The book has to be edited for plot points, clarity, characters, dialogue, etc… Not to mention descriptions are taken out and stage directions are put in. It’s impossible to make a movie by just bringing a book to set.

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