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It looks like the long-gestating Artemis Fowl movie may be about to escape development hell, with The Tracking Board reporting that Kenneth Branagh has signed on to direct the project and develop alongside Irish playwright Conor McPherson, although McPherson is yet to close a deal to write the script.
Based on Eion Colfer’s series of eight sci-fi fantasy novels, Artemis Fowl “the brilliant and cunning 12-year-old eponymous criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl II whose cunning plot to extort gold from the secret Fairy People puts him directly in the cross-hairs of some of the most dangerous creatures on earth. Over the series, Fowl becomes a sort of anti-hero rather than a full-fledged villain, often having to work together with the fairies to stop a slew of treacherous megalomaniacs.”
The movie rights to Artemis Fowl were first snapped up by Miramax Films in 2001, with Disney subsequently acquiring them after purchasing Miramax. »
- Gary Collinson
It’s been stuck in development hell for years now, but Artemis Fowl is finally moving ahead at Disney. The movie is based on a series of novels written by Eoin Colfer, and there’s definitely the potential here for a franchise should the studio find success with this movie. For those of you unfamiliar with Artemis Fowl,
- Josh Wilding
Kenneth Branagh has built up a varied array of directing jobs over the past few years - Thor, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit and Cinderella to name just a few - and it looks like he may be adding another string to his bow.
The 54-year-old is attached to develop and direct the long-awaited adaptation of popular Ya series Artemis Fowl for Disney.
Branagh will co-produce the project with Harvey Weinstein, reports Variety.
Irish playwright Conor McPherson is in talks to write the script, though he hasn't signed on formally yet and there are no announcements yet on who will play the eponymous character.
The series, consisting of eight books written by Irish author Eoin Colfer, follows the 12-year-old Fowl, an anti-hero criminal mastermind who plots to steal gold from the Fairy People and crosses hairs with some of the most dangerous criminals in the world.
It was announced in June »
Discussions over the adaptation of the Artemis Fowl book series have been going on now for 14 years. During this time the project has repeatedly stalled, with a stream of directors signing up and then dropping out of development. But now it appears as though Walt Disney Pictures has finally found the right director to kick off the franchise, as they’re in discussions with Kenneth Branagh to bring the series to the big screen. Variety’s sources allege that Branagh has now signed up to develop the property with the studio as its director. But that’s not all, because he is also set to bring the much loved series of books to life with the help of Irish playwright Conor McPherson, who is currently holding talks to pen the first script. While this would normally suggest that Disney, Branagh, and McPherson are now full-steam »
After taking on the enormous task of directing a live-action Cinderella film, Kenneth Branagh has decided to take on a new challenge. Variety reports that Branagh will direct an adaptation of popular young adult novel Artemis Fowl for Disney, a project that has been in the Disney pipeline for a while. Branagh will direct and produce (along with Harvey Weinstein) the feature with Irish playwright Conor McPherson in negotiations to write the screenplay. The project is still in the very early stages of development, with no word yet on casting or an estimated release year.
Artemis Fowl is the first of 8 books in a series by Eoin Colfer that first came out in 2001. Since then, the series has become a big hit in the young adult fantasy world, making the news of this film adaptation no surprise. The series centers on 12 year old Artemis Fowl II, a criminal mastermind who »
- Sarah Pearce Lord
Though there was chatter about Kenneth Branagh being sounded out to come back into the Marvel fold for Thor: Ragnarok, it appears he’s interested in a different corner of Disney’s sprawling empire. According to Variety, he’s now on board to develop and potentially direct the long-gestating adaptation of Eoin Colfer’s Artemis Fowl books. The Fowl series, which began with the eponymous tome in 2001 and has continued through seven successive books, follows Artemis Fowl II. A young criminal mastermind with serious parental issues, our hero (who often edges more towards the antihero type) uses his genius and guile in a search for his dad. Oh, and he also plots to extort gold from the fairy folk through a kidnapping scheme, which slaps a great big target on his back courtesy of some of the most dangerous creatures around. But his misadventures do help shape him into the man he’ll become. »
The long-gestating Artemis Fowl adaptation has finally taken a big step forward. Kenneth Branagh has signed on to develop the sci-fi fantasy Ya property, and is additionally attached to direct. Get all the details on the Kenneth Branagh Artemis Fowl news after the jump. The Tracking Board (via Variety) broke the news. Harvey Weinstein is […]
- Angie Han
The series follows the brilliant and cunning 12-year-old criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl II, whose plot to extort gold from the secret Fairy People puts him directly in the cross-hairs of some of Earth's most dangerous creatures on earth.
Irish playwright Conor McPherson in talks to pen the script, but is not yet signed. The project has been in limbo for a few years, but now seems to have some serious heat behind it. Harvey Weinstein and Branagh are attached to produce.
Branagh is currently planning to direct a new adaptation of Agatha Christie's "Murder at the Orient Express" at 20th Century Fox.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Chris Weitz is a filmmaker who seems to have a bunch of careers on the go at once. He's directed hit movies, he's produced them, he's written books, and he's also been penning screenplays. Of late? For Kenneth Branagh's Cinderella movie, and for the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. As Cinderella arrives on disc, he spared us some time for a chat...
In the interviews leading up to Cinderella’s release, you talked a lot about the genesis of the film. But I wonder if you can take us to that release weekend, when the film hit big? That a project that you’d sunk so much into, across two directors, was finding such an audience? How does that affect you, or – after being in the business for so »
It’s been over two years since we got word that Disney had acquired the rights to Irish author Eoin Colfer’s hugely popular Artemis Fowl series, but everything’s been quiet since since then. But now, it seems like all systems go with Kenneth Branagh, fresh off the huge success of Cinderella earlier this year, singing onto the develop and direct the project, working from a script from Irish playwright and director Conor McPherson (I Went Down, The Actors). The original plan was to adapt the first two books of the series as one movie, but time will tell if this is still the case. Hailed by many as the next Harry Potter, the books follow a twelve year old criminal mastermind who finds himself caught up in the hidden world of magic after he kidnaps a fairy, needing her magic to save his family. Branagh’s really been flexing his directorial muscles lately, »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
The popular series of Artemis Fowl books, from author Eoin Colfer, have long being ripe for a movie adaptation. Centering on a 12 year old who happens to be a mix of genius, millionaire and criminal, Artemis then bites off slightly more than he can chew when he kidnaps a fairy, needing her magic to save his family.
There's been talk for some time now of an Artemis Fowl movie, although things have been quiet since 2013 when it was last chatted about. Back then, the plan was to make the first film based around the first two books in the series. We wait and see if that's still the case.
The project does seem to have got fresh impetus though, with the news that Kenneth Branagh - who enjoyed huge success »
An adaptation of Eoin Colfer's "Artemis Fowl" Ya fantasy series has been in the works for close to fifteen years, but after many false starts and an extended period in development hell, the adaptation may have finally found new life. The Tracking Board reports that Walt Disney Pictures and The Weinstein Company have secured the talents of Kenneth Branagh to develop and direct... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
After spending years in development limbo, Disney’s adaptation for “Artemis Fowl” may have found new life.
Sources tell Variety that Kenneth Branagh has signed on to develop the property and is attached to direct an adaptation of the popular Ya novel for Disney, with Irish playwright Conor McPherson in talks to pen the script.
The project is still in early development as McPherson has yet to close a deal to adapt, but signs are pointing to in the right direction for the film to move forward.
Written by Eoin Colfer, the series follows the brilliant and cunning 12-year-old eponymous criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl II, whose plot to extort gold from the secret Fairy People puts him directly in the cross-hairs of some of the most dangerous creatures on earth. Over the series, Fowl becomes a sort of antihero rather than a full-fledged villain, often having to work together with »
- Justin Kroll
Disney is bringing their live-action Cinderella movie to blu-ray on September 15th, and today they've revealed more information on the special features coming with it, including 12 minutes of extra footage and an alternate opening. Come inside to learn more!
If you've been eager to watch the live-action Cinderella film (a really solid adaptation of the story by the way), you're wait is nearly over. The film is set to hit store shelves on September 15th, and will be coming with a slew of bonus features for you to enjoy:
· A Fairy Tale Comes to Life Filmmakers and cast reflect on Cinderella’s enduring power, and the joys and challenges of bringing this iconic tale to life.
· Staging The Ball
· You’re invited behind the scenes for the »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company Garrick Plays
We’ve just received word that rehearsals have kicked off for the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company’s Plays at the Garrick season.
The Winter’s Tale will play in repertory alongside the Rattigan double-bill of Harlequinade / All On Her Own from 17 October 2015 until 16 January 2016.
The Winter’s Tale, Shakespeare’s timeless tragicomedy of obsession and redemption, is reimagined in a new production co-directed by Rob Ashford and Kenneth Branagh following their triumphant staging of Macbeth in Manchester and Manhattan. Judi Dench will play Paulina opposite Kenneth Branagh as Leontes. Judi Dench will not be appearing in Harlequinade / All On Her Own.
The full cast for The »
- Paul Heath
Do girls really dream of being Cinderella (Disney, U)? She’s a bit of a damp dishcloth, meekly accepting her step-family’s abuse before passively awaiting a prince who can only remember her by shoe size. Kenneth Branagh’s endearing, icing-slathered, live-action Disney revival doesn’t do much to sass Cinders up; it’s Cate Blanchett’s regally wicked stepmother you’d rather get to know. Resplendently attired throughout in Joan Crawford chic, Blanchett single-handedly makes this update compelling. Her devastatingly offhand way with a passive-aggressive put-down is a consistent catty joy, but the frayed-nerve desperation and vulnerable sense of independence she brings to proceedings makes her more than a standard fairytale gorgon. The film is worth watching for its pleasurable frills and »
- Guy Lodge
This modern retelling definitely looks like a 2015 blockbuster but it peddles some uncomfortably old-fashioned values
Disney traditionalists are sure to find comfort in Kenneth Branagh’s live-action Cinderella as it glides on to home video this week, because unlike the majority of recent efforts to revive the studio’s flagship fairytales, this new spin on the glass-slippered classic makes few concessions to contemporary life. Indeed, the film plays out almost exactly as Walt himself might have envisioned, eschewing the metatextual postmodernism of last year’s Sleeping Beauty reboot Maleficent and the general batshittery of Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland.
Still, tradition has a short memory, so while the most influential version of the Cinderella story is probably the 1697 text by Charles Perrault, this new telling owes more to Disney’s own 1950 animated adaptation. Handily, this allows the studio to credit the story both to Perrault and “Disney’s Cinderella »
- Charlie Lyne
Dismaland Castle and Big Little Mermaid suffering from split-personality disorder. Dismaland: Banksy and more than 50 other artists create bemusement theme park Who gives a damn about the cheap thrills to be offered by the Star Wars-themed expansion of Disneyland when you can relish the thought-provoking wonders of Dismaland? The artist Banksy, whose 2010 documentary feature Exit Through the Gift Shop was nominated for an Academy Award, has come up with his latest revolutionary artwork: a theme park for the bemusement of the whole family! Or perhaps not quite the whole family. Banksy calls his 2.5-acre art show a “family theme park unsuitable for small children.” Another Dismaland plus. Its construction shrouded in secrecy, Dismaland opened today, Aug. 20, '15, on the sea front at Weston-super-Mare, in Somerset, southwest England. While the theme park was being built, locals believed that the work going on at the derelict Tropicana “lido” – shut down in »
- Andre Soares
Victor Frankenstein UK poster
We debuted the very first Victor Frankenstein trailer yesterday afternoon, along with the Us poster, and now we can debut the first UK poster for the film, which arrives in cinemas in December.
James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe star in a dynamic and thrilling twist on a legendary tale. Radical scientist Victor Frankenstein (James McAvoy) and his equally brilliant protégé Igor Strausman (Daniel Radcliffe) share a noble vision of aiding humanity through their groundbreaking research into immortality. But Victor’s experiments go too far, and his obsession has horrifying consequences. Only Igor can bring his friend back from the brink of madness and save him from his monstrous creation.
Love the look of this upcoming movie, and the fact that Paul McGuigan is back behind the camera for his first feature since Push back in 2009. Since then the Scottish directed has been keeping busy in TV »
- Paul Heath
He follows in the footsteps of Kenneth Branagh, Hugh Bonneville, Tom Hiddleston, Rosamund Pike and Holby City star Hugh Quarshie, who in 2012 became the first black actor to play the role of Bond in audio form reading Dr No as part of a Classic Bond boxset.
"I am officially the only person on planet Earth who can legitimately say: 'I am the new James Bond'," said Oyelowo. Even saying that name is the cinematic equivalent of doing the 'to be or not to be' speech.
"I was asked specifically by the Fleming estate, which is really special. »
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