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'Artemis Fowl' to be a film, thanks to Harvey Weinstein and Disney

'Artemis Fowl' to be a film, thanks to Harvey Weinstein and Disney
"Artemis Fowl" by Eoin Colfer (Disney-Hyperion)

Supernatural kid series "Artemis Fowl" will come to the big screen, thanks to Harvey Weinstein and Walt Disney Co., the Wrap reports. The series has been described by author Eon Coilfer as "'Die Hard' with fairies."

There are eight books in the "Artemis Fowl" series, which features Artemis Fowl, a 12-year-old criminal mastermind who moves through a world enhanced by magic. The books are international bestsellers.

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"This is a special project for me because my children absolutely love this book," Weinstein said in a statement.

Deciding what should become a film based on the reading habits of movie producers' children might explain some of Hollywood's more juvenile offerings. But, hey, at least the kids are reading.

Weinstein continued, "This story is for everyone, and there is no one better than Disney to make a film that will excite people young and old."

The movie producer has a long connection to the series. He was a co-owner of Talk Miramax Books, which published the first "Artemis Fowl" book in 2001. It was one of the imprint's bestsellers.

Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal are joining the film project as executive producers. A tentative release date has not yet been announced.

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