Kenneth Branagh is quickly becoming Disney’s go-to-guy for sure fire hits. With Marvel’s Thor (2011) and the live-action re-imagined Cinderella (2015) under his belt, Branagh looks set to helm The Weistein Company and Walt Disney Pictures new franchise, Artemis Fowl. According to the folks over at The Tracking Board, the two production houses personally chose Branagh to direct the book adaption after an eventful time in production hell that stems way back to early 2000’s.
A young-adult novel that rivalled the popularity of the Harry Potter series of books when published in 2001 by Eoin Colfer. Artemis Fowl follows a twelve-year-old Irish crime lord who plans to exploit the fairy people he has recently discovered, leading him to cross paths with kick-ass fairy Captain Holly Short. Reports from Variety also reveal that Irish screenwriter and Director Conor McPherson (The Eclipse) has been tapped to write the screenplay but the deal is not yet been finalised. The book series proved hugely successful spawning seven sequels that concluded in 2012.