Saturday 24 March 2018

Irish author Eoin Colfer's Artemis Fowl to get big screen Kenneth Branagh treatment

Eoin Colfer: Artemis Fowl
Eoin Colfer: Artemis Fowl
Artemis Fowl
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

It looks like the Artemis Fowl movie, which was announced back in 2013 by Disney and The Weinstein Company, may have a director.

Kenneth Branagh, who has helmed Thor and, more recently, Cinderella, is reportedly in talks to develop and direct the big screen adaptation of Irish author Eoin Colfer's hugely popular book series.

Variety reports that Irish playwright Conocr McPherson is in talks to write the script rather than Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix screenwriter Michael Goldenberg who had initially been mooted for the gig.

The book series revolves around the exploits of Artemis Fowl, a 12-year old millionaire and criminal mastermind who kidnaps a fairy in order to save his family, but doesn't quite realise what he is up against.

Author Eoin Colfer
Author Eoin Colfer

Branagh is currently signed up to direct a movie adaptation of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express.

Colfer is Ireland's best-selling children's author and the former Wexford primary school teacher has sold over 25 million books translated into 44 languages around the globe.

Last year it was reported that the Disney deal saw profits at Colfer's firm jump by over €155,000 to over €1.82m.

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