As a director, Kenneth Branaugh has had a very interesting career. He first grew in the public eye for his work in the world of Shakespeare. With giant productions of “Henry V,” “Hamlet,” and “Much Ado About Nothing,” Branaugh became the modern equivalent of Laurence Olivier. In fact, Branaugh would earn an Oscar nomination for portraying Olivier in “My Week with Marilyn” in 2011. However, recent years have seen a shift in the projects Branaugh directs. In 2011 he directed “Thor” for Marvel, and then worked again with Disney on “Cinderella” in 2015. With big budget experience under his belt, Branaugh returned to Disney for another blockbuster franchise. Now, he will bring the literary world of “Artemis Fowl” to life in 2019.
The new fantasy and adventure film follows the series of novels written by Eoin Colfer. Once seen as a potential challenger to “Harry Potter” (at least in the early 2000s), the story followed a genius criminal as he attempted the ultimate heist. The catch? The titular Artemis Fowl is just a child. Along with the teaser today, Disney released a synopsis for the film, which you can find below.
Directed by Kenneth Branagh and based on the beloved book by Eoin Colfer, “Artemis Fowl” follows 12-year-old genius Artemis Fowl, a descendant of a long line of criminal masterminds, as he finds himself in a battle of strength and cunning against a powerful, hidden race of fairies who may be behind his father’s disappearance.
The question now is what can Disney do with the franchise. They’ve struggled to launch franchises outside the MCU and live-action remakes. Both “John Carter” and “A Wrinkle in Time” floundered despite being based on novels. Can “Artemis Fowl” overcome these odds? The August release and action/fantasy elements could help. Good luck for Branaugh to make it three for three with Disney.