In 2001, plans were announced for a film adaptation of the Artemis Fowl series. Miramax Films was named as purchasing the film rights, with Lawrence Guterman signed to direct. In 2003, Eoin Colfer stated that a screenplay had been finalized and that casting was due to start the same year, but expressed skepticism over whether or not this would come to pass. The film remained in development and was assumed to be in development hell until 2011, when it was reported that Jim Sheridan was interested in directing the movie.
On July 29, 2013, Walt Disney Pictures announced that an Artemis Fowl film covering the events of the first and second novels of the series will be produced by Walt Disney Pictures and Harvey Weinstein of The Weinstein Company, with the screenplay developed by Michael Goldenberg (Peter Pan, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix). Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal assigned onto the project as executive producers.
After two more years of silence from the film industry, Artemis Fowl Confidential (An 'Artemis Fowl' fan site) launched a petition in an attempt to accelerate production of the movie.
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