Artemis Fowl debuts on Disney+ this coming Friday, after having its theatrical run cut when theaters shut down due to the ongoing pandemic. Hollywood is watching how this will unfold closely, as the biggest studio in the game takes a huge budget film ($125 million) straight to its Disney+ streaming service for the first time. Artemis Fowl is based on the beloved young adult book series by Eoin Colfer. While fans of the novels are sad, the film won't get a theatrical release, one person who isn't upset is director Kenneth Branagh. He recently had a chat with Comic Book about how the release of Artemis Fowl feels, skipping theaters, and the theatrical experience itself.
Artemis Fowl Hits Disney+ Friday
"This feels like Artemis Fowl on Disney+, at this time, feels like a great natural home," Branagh says. "I'm keen, for all sorts of reasons, to be, hopefully, going to the movies in July to see Tenet, to see Mulan, to see the movies that are really designed for a big screen experience. I'm a big, big movie goer and so I miss it enormously. Because of the uncertainty about how things will happen, in terms of production, the production of new content is under significant challenge right now, so in terms of both content and the quantity at which it can be produced, over what period of time in which we're allowed to be making things."The jury is still out on exactly how it's going to happen, but my own feeling is that we want both, we've really appreciated what's been in our living rooms these last few months, but I think, increasingly, and certainly as the world, I hope, hope, hope gets safer, people will want to go out and see things in the cinema," the director says. "Maybe there'll be a greater distinction between the two and some projects will find more clearly their homes, in either place, but I hope both thrive."
I agree. The theatrical experience is one that is vital and important, but the streaming wars will also cause studios to take chances on new voices and give them homes as well. That can only be a good thing…right? Artemis Fowl, directed by Kenneth Branagh, stars Ferdia Shaw, Lara McDonnell, Josh Gad, Tamara Smart, Nonso Anozie, Colin Farrell, and Judi Dench. The film is available to stream on Disney+ this Friday.