Disney may have made its name revolution the world of animation, but in recent years, they’ve also made quite the impact with their live-action films — and I’m not just talking about the remakes of their animated movies. They have also adapted beloved kid’s novels and theme park rides successfully (though sometimes not-so-successfully), somehow finding that mix between family-friendly and deliciously dark.
With the upcoming Artemis Fowl adaptation, it looks like they are walking that tightrope yet again. Based on the Eoin Colfer novel of the same name, this adaptation comes courtesy of Cinderella and Thor director Kenneth Branagh, it contains all the cheesy elements I’d normally hate — a world in danger, a chosen one plotline, and a little kid trying to be cool with a stupid pair of sunglasses. But, thanks to this new teaser, it somehow works, and has me intrigued to keep watching (Maybe the folks promoting Mortal Engines can learn a thing or two).
Below is the official synopsis for Artemis Fowl:
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 film stars Ferdia Shaw, Lara McDonnell, Tamara Smart, Nonzo Anozie, with Josh Gad, and Judi Dench. Judy Hofflund and Kenneth Branagh are producing with Angus More Gordon and Matthew Jenkins serving as executive producers. The screenplay is by Conor McPherson.
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Artemis Fowl hits theaters on August 9, 2019.
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SOURCE: Walt Disney Studios