Never say never. Harvey Weinstein, who in 2005 left Disney and his Miramax Films following intense disagreements with chief exec Michael Eisner, is now on board for an adaptation of “Artemis Fowl” for the Mouse House. Weinstein, but not the Weinstein Company, is set to produce.
Disney announced July 29 that it would be moving ahead with a big-screen, live-action adaptation of the first two installments of Eoin Colfer’s bestselling eight-book children’s series “Artemis Fowl,” centering on a pre-teen boy millionaire and mastermind.
Michael Goldenberg (“Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix”) is penning the script.
Weinstein said in a statement that “If you would have told me five years ago I would be
producing a project with Disney I would have thought you were crazy,” and also called the “Artemis Fowl” project “special” because his children are such huge fans of the books.
Meanwhile, Disney praised Weinstein as “one of the pre-eminent producers in the industry, with impeccable tastes and creative instincts.”
Weinstein and Eisner’s bad blood stemmed from unwieldy Miramax budgets and Disney’s refusal to distribute Michael Moore’s incendiary documentary “Fahrenheit 9/11,” among other issues. Disney sold Miramax in 2010.