Kenneth Branagh To Direct Artemis Fowl

branaghAccording to The Tracking Board, director Kenneth Branagh, director of Shakespeare adaptations, Thor and Disney's recent live action Cinderella, will adapt Artemis Fowl for the screen. The Eoin Colfer novel, the first in a series of children's books, follows "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." In subsequent adventures, he becomes more of an anti-hero.

Since the first novel's release in 2001, attempts have been made to bring Fowl to the screen. Robert DeNiro, My Left Foot director Jim Sheridan and producer Harvey Weinstein have all been attached to the project at one time or another. Disney and The Weinstein Company will produce the film.

Branagh has also been linked to discussions about a third Thor film, but it is unclear if his schedule will permit both projects should he take the Fowl job.