What was once thought of as practically impossible has come to pass, Harvey Weinstein is working with Disney again. The head of The Weinstein Company will produce Disney’s movie adaptation of the book series “Artemis Fowl.” The announcement comes seven years after Harvey and his brother, Bob Weinstein, departed the Disney-owned studio they founded and named after their parents, Miramax.
“If you would have told me five years ago I would be producing a project with Disney I would have thought you were crazy,” Weinstein says in a press release. Harvey has a history with “Artemis Fowl,” though. He originally optioned the film rights to the book in 2000, with the idea of producing it under the Miramax banner. “I feel as though everything is coming full circle,” he says, noting the book was first brought to him by Robert DeNiro and Jane Rosenthal, who will serve as executive producers on the film.
“Artemis Fowl” tells the story of a 12-year-old boy who happens to not only be a millionaire, but also a criminal mastermind. He kidnaps a fairy in an attempt to harness its magic and save his family. However, these aren’t the run of the mill, Tinkerbell-style fairies seen in most stories, these ones have a dangerous edge.
The series, written by Eoin Colfer, consists of eight books. The movie, with a screenplay being written by Michael Goldenberg, will follow the first two installments.