A 12-year-old criminal mastermind is involved in the world of fairies in the first trailer for the adaptation of Disney films from science fiction / fantasy novels Artemis Fowl. And we are not talking about Tinkerbell. These are badass fairies with neutrino pistols, which are capable of stopping time. It all makes for some spectacular eye-candy, and has Kenneth Branagh (Thor) At the helmet is a good sign for the success of the film.
There are eight books on Artemis Fowl series by Irish writer Eoin Colfer, detailing the widespread exploitation of titular characters. The debut novel received generally positive reviews and several comparisons for J.K. The Harry Potter Rowling series, although Colfer's books have never achieved the same stratospheric commercial success. Disney bet there are equally strong tastes for Artemis Fowl series on the big screen.
Colfer describes his novel as "Die hard with fairy. "
The comparison is very disturbing to Colfer, who describes his novel more like "Die hard with fairy. "That is a fairly accurate description. Artemis is anti-Harry Potter. He is a thief and kidnapper, among other misdeeds, and he is largely uninterrupted by remorse. That is part of his charm.
In the first book, 12-year-old Artemis lives unsupervised in the Fowl family's house. His father (Artemis Fowl I) disappeared, and his mother was crazy because of sadness. He depends on his loyal protector, Butler, for friendship. They find a portal to the world under fairies, and Artemis decides to kidnap a fairy and hugs him to ask for his ransom to find his father. The fairies retaliated, and Artemis had to fight his wits with their magical powers. It was fiction, so he was naturally successful, plus his mother recovered from his madness.
Artemis continued to save his father from the Russian Mafia in the second book and ended up in an alliance with fairies who initially fought to help them defeat the goblin army. There is some confusion about whether Branagh's film adaptation will incorporate events from the first two books or only the first, but this past July, Colfer said in an interview that only the first book event was included.
Branagh described the film to Nerdist as the origin story, comparing the character of Artemis with the character of Michael Corleone in the work of Francis Ford Coppola in 1972, The Godfather. "Please don't take it too literally," Branagh warned. This is a similar form of storyline, at Artemis, like Michael, initially only half were aware of his father's line of work, because he kept his distance from everyday details. "I warned you, son," a voice frightened in the trailer. "You are not ready for the truth behind what you are looking for." And like Michael, finally Artemis had to decide whether or not to embrace the world.
In this case, this is a magic world that includes the Lower Element Police (LEP) forces, trolls, dwarves, and goblins, all located under the "real" human world. Branagh is a great choice for directing the film version Artemis Fowl, considering how adept he was to navigate the complicated middle ground between magic and science at first Thor movie for Marvel. Bonus: Dame Judi Dench plays the gender-rooted LEP Commander (male character in novels) with his usual stern abilities.
Artemis Fowl hits theaters August 9, 2019.