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It took a little bit of magic to bring Harvey Weinstein and Disney back together. The super-producer left Miramax after Disney bought the company he started with his brother Bob in 2005 before moving on to create The Weinstein Company. But a little unfinished business — namely a film based on Eoin Colfer’s Artemis Fowl book series, which Miramax acquired back in 2001 — has brought them back together.
Artemis Fowl, the star of eight books, is a millionaire 12-year-old criminal mastermind who kidnaps a fairy in order to ensure his family’s safety in the self-titled first novel, which debuted in 2001.
“If you would have told me five years ago I would be producing a project with Disney I would have thought you were crazy,” Harvey Weinstein said in a statement. “I feel as though everything is coming full circle considering [producers] Bob DeNiro 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 [Walt Disney Studios Chairman] 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.”
Michael Goldenberg (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Green Lantern) is working on the script, which takes its cues from 2001’s Artemis Fowl.