Artemis Fowl (film)

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Artemis Fowl
Artemis Fowl poster.jpg
Teaser poster with original release date
Directed byKenneth Branagh
Produced by
  • Kenneth Branagh
  • Judy Hofflund
Screenplay byConor McPherson
Based onArtemis Fowl
by Eoin Colfer
Music byPatrick Doyle
CinematographyHaris Zambarloukos
Edited byMartin Walsh
Distributed byWalt Disney Studios
Motion Pictures
Release date
  • May 29, 2020 (2020-05-29)
Running time
115 minutes
CountryUnited States

Artemis Fowl is an upcoming American science fantasy adventure film based on the first novel in the series of the same name by Eoin Colfer. Directed by Kenneth Branagh and written by Conor McPherson, the film stars Ferdia Shaw, Lara McDonnell, Tamara Smart, Nonso Anozie, Josh Gad, and Judi Dench. It will be released by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures on May 29, 2020 in 3D and IMAX.


Disney's “Artemis Fowl,” based on the beloved book by Eoin Colfer, follows the journey of 12-year-old genius Artemis Fowl, a descendant of a long line of criminal masterminds, as he seeks to find his father who has mysteriously disappeared.[1]




In 2001, plans were announced for a film adaptation of the series.[2] Miramax Films was named as purchasing the film rights with Lawrence Guterman signed to direct.[3] In 2003 Colfer stated that a screenplay had been finalized and that casting was due to start the same year but expressed skepticism over whether or not this would come to pass.[4] The film remained in development and was assumed to be in development hell until 2011, when it was reported that Jim Sheridan was interested in directing the movie.[5][6]

In July 2013, Walt Disney Pictures announced that an Artemis Fowl film covering the events of the first novel of the series would be produced by Disney and The Weinstein Company, with the screenplay by Michael Goldenberg. Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal signed onto the project as executive producers.[7]

On September 1, 2015, Variety reported that Kenneth Branagh had been hired to direct the film for Disney, with Irish playwright Conor McPherson as screenwriter and Judy Hofflund as an executive producer.[8] Eoin Colfer confirmed this in a video to Artemis Fowl Confidential,[9] and spoke with RTE Radio 1 about meeting Branagh several times to discuss this prior to the announcement.[10] On September 12, 2017, Disney announced that the film adaptation will be released on August 9, 2019.[11] The following month, Disney removed Harvey Weinstein as the producer of the film as well as terminating its production partnership with The Weinstein Company following a sexual misconduct scandal involving Weinstein.[12]

On November 27, 2018, Walt Disney Studios released a teaser trailer for the movie.


On September 18, 2017, it was reported that Judi Dench was in talks for an unspecified role.[13] On December 20, 2017, it was announced that Irish newcomer Ferdia Shaw had been cast as Artemis Fowl, alongside Dench as Commander Root, Josh Gad as Mulch Diggums, Lara McDonnell as Captain Holly Short, and Nonso Anozie as Butler.[14]


On March 12, 2018, the rest of the cast was announced (including Nikesh Patel as Foaly) as principal production commenced. The film was shot at Longcross Studios, and in England, Northern Ireland and Ho Chi Minh City.[15]


The film was originally scheduled for release on August 9, 2019,[16] but it was pushed back to May 29, 2020, where it will be released in 2D, 3D and IMAX format. It is possible it will be shown in 4DX as well. [17]


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  2. ^ Court, Ayesha (8 August 2002). "Author's 'Fowl' play includes sequel, movie". USA Today. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  3. ^ "Miramax Has Rights To Make Movie Of Book Artemis Fowl'". Star-News. 19 February 2003. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  4. ^ "A moment with ... 'Artemis Fowl' author Eoin Colfer". Seattle PI. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  5. ^ "Irish fantasy role raises Saoirse's elf esteem". Irish Independent. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  6. ^ "Artemis Fowl Film Attracts Director Jim Sheridan And Star Saoirse Ronan". Bleeding Cool. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  7. ^ Vejvoda, Jim. "Disney, Harvey Weinstein Team for Artemis Fowl Movie Adaptation". IGN.
  8. ^ Kroll, Justin (September 1, 2015). "Kenneth Branagh Developing 'Artemis Fowl' Adaptation for Disney". Variety. Retrieved September 3, 2015.
  9. ^ "Artemis Fowl Confidential Eoin Colfer Interview (August 2008)". Retrieved 25 February 2016.
  10. ^ Wall, Matt (September 2, 2015). "Eoin Colfer on RTE Radio 1 talking about the Artemis Fowl Movie". Artemis Fowl Confidential. Retrieved September 4, 2015.
  11. ^ "Artemis Fowl -".
  12. ^ McNary, Dave (October 11, 2017). "Disney Removes Harvey Weinstein as Producer on 'Artemis Fowl'". Variety. Retrieved October 14, 2017.
  13. ^ Kroll, Justin (September 18, 2017). "Judi Dench in Talks to Join Kenneth Branagh's 'Artemis Fowl' Movie Adaptation (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved September 20, 2017.
  14. ^ Michelle Lema (December 20, 2017). "The Cast for the Upcoming Live-Action Adaptation of Artemis Fowl Has Been Announced". Oh My Disney. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  15. ^ Trumbore, Dave (12 March 2018). "Disney's 'Artemis Fowl' Officially Starts Production for Director Kenneth Branagh".
  16. ^ "Disney announces dates for new Star Wars movies, MCU Phase 4, and more". May 7, 2019.
  17. ^ Fuster, Jeremy (May 7, 2019). "Disney Bumps 'New Mutants' and 'Artemis Fowl' to 2020". The Wrap. Retrieved July 30, 2019.

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