The Weinstein Company and Disney haven’t been housed under the one roof for a few years now, but it hasn’t stopped Harvey Weinstein and the Disney factory from getting back into bed on a new project together – and what a project it is!
Disney publishing’s “Artemis Fowl” is headed to the big screen, with Harvey producing for Disney and Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal executive producing.
The live-action movie will be based on the first and second books in the “Fowl” series.
“If you would have told me five years ago I would be producing a project with Disney I would have thought you were crazy,” said Weinstein. “I feel as though everything is coming full circle considering Bob De Niro and Jane Rosenthal brought me this book while I was still at Miramax and within hours I told them I wanted the rights to the film. I am thrilled to be reunited with Alan Horn who I worked with while he was at Warner Bros. and we had tremendous success with The Aviator, Starsky And Hutch and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. It is also exciting to partner with friends Alan Bergman, Sean Bailey and of course Bob Iger who has been incredibly generous to me over the years. This is a special project for me because my children absolutely love this book. This story is for everyone and there is no one better than Disney to make a film that will excite people young and old.”
”Artemis Fowl” is about a 12-year-old Artemis who is a millionaire, a genius – and above all, a criminal mastermind. But Artemis doesn’t know what he’s taken on when he kidnaps a fairy to harness her magic to save his family. These aren’t the fairies of the bedtime stories – they’re dangerous.
“With its balance of mystery, adventure and family appeal, Artemis Fowl is a natural fit for Disney,” said Sean Bailey, president, Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production. “We’re looking forward to collaborating with Harvey on this exciting project.”
Said Horn: “Harvey is one of the preeminent producers in the industry, with impeccable taste and creative instincts. “I had a wonderful time working with Harvey during my tenure at Warner Bros., and I’m very happy to continue that relationship here at Disney.”