Harvey Weinstein Teams with Disney Over Love of 'Artemis Fowl' Books
Despite a contentious relationship that saw the two part ways in 2005, Disney and Harvey Weinstein will team up again through their unifying love of young-adult fantasy novels. According to THR, the two are putting aside their differences to produce an adaptation of Eoin Colfer's Artemis Fowl, yet another series where a white kid has fantastical adventures.
Weinstein bought the rights to Artemis Fowl back in 2001, when he still ran Miramax and Hollywood was desperately searching for the next Harry Potter franchise. Now that over a decade has passed, Harry Potter has run its course, and Hollywood is still looking for the next Harry Potter franchise, development has begun again on adapting the novels, with a screenplay aptly from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix writer Michael Goldenberg. Though Disney now owns Fowl and pretty much every other major property, Weinstein retains the rights to produce a few of his former titles, this among them, and he'll do so with Bob De Niro and Jane Rosenthal.
All of that is very juicy and relevant if you're heavily invested in studio politics for some reason. For the rest of you, all you need to know is that now The Golden Compass, The Spiderwick Chronicles, The Bridge to Terabithia, The Vampire's Assistant, and most likely Percy Jackson will have a little more company whenever someone writes up the Wikipedia article on Would-Be Harry Potter Successors of the Early 21st Century.