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Eoin Colfer's beloved book gets a big screen adaptation but fans on social media are clamoring ARTEMIS FOWL doesn't reflect the book's plot. Directed by Kenneth Branagh, the 12-year-old criminal mastermind (Ferdia Shaw) searches for his missing father (Colin Farrell). However, the book's character is an anti-hero rather than a hero as portrayed in the new trailer. However the author has endorsed Disney's vision of the book.

According to the film's official synopsis, Artemis Fowl is described as a descendent from a long line of criminals which is indicated in the new trailer when Artemis the II discovers his father's real profession. Could Colin's Artemis be the subject of the first book? Author Eoin Colfer in a statement for the film applauds Disney's choices.

“Disney and Kenneth Branagh have magically found a way to extract my imagination, mixed in a dollop of Disney magic and projected the enchanted concoction onto the silver screen. I am very excited for audiences to see the film.”

--Eoin Colfer, Author of “Artemis Foul”

So there's no doubt the book to film adaptation has been "Disney-fied" but will the end product satisfy book fans and an audience not familiar with the book. It's a wait and see when ARTEMIS FOWL opens May 29.

Artemis Fowl trailer

Official Synopsis

Disney’s “Artemis Fowl,” based on the beloved book by Eoin Colfer, is a fantastical, spellbinding adventure that follows the journey of 12-year-old genius Artemis Fowl, a descendant of a long line of criminal masterminds, as he seeks to find his father who has mysteriously disappeared. With the help of his loyal protector Butler, Artemis sets out to find him, and in doing so uncovers an ancient, underground civilization—the amazingly advanced world of fairies. Deducing that his father’s disappearance is somehow connected to the secretive, reclusive fairy world, cunning Artemis concocts a dangerous plan—so dangerous that he ultimately finds himself in a perilous war of wits with the all-powerful fairies. “Artemis Fowl” is directed by Kenneth Branagh and stars Ferdia Shaw, Lara McDonnell, Josh Gad, Tamara Smart, Nonso Anozie, Josh McGuire, Nikesh Patel and Adrian Scarborough, with Colin Farrell and Judi Dench. Kenneth Branagh, p.g.a. and Judy Hofflund, p.g.a. are producing with Angus More Gordon and Matthew Jenkins serving as executive producers. Conor McPherson and Hamish McColl wrote the screenplay. Disney’s “Artemis Fowl” opens in U.S. theaters on May 29, 2020.

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