The movie adaptation of Eoin Colfer‘s popular middle-grade/YA series, Artemis Fowl, which has been in Disney’s back-burner for quite some time now, has apparently decided to move forward with the project. The Artemis Fowl movie has reportedly nabbed Cinderella director Kenneth Branagh.
Disney still has to confirm a screenwriter, however, they’re currently working on a deal with Irish playwright Conor McPherson.
The eight-book series could be another huge franchise for Disney if the first movie turns out to be a big success. With a former Harry Potter cast member as director – Branagh played Professor Gilderoy Lockhart in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – it will probably work to his advantage as to how to work with a young actor as the main protagonist.
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.
Let’s hope things continue to move forward so that we can add another great series to our movie list.