Andy Weir, author of the bestselling novel The Martian, labors in his writing to truly put the science into science fiction. Maintaining this labor, he returned in 2018 with a new novel: Artemis.
Disney’s adaptation of Eoin Colfer’s Artemis Fowl has found its lead in newcomer, Ferdia Shaw. Director Kenneth Branagh met with more than 1,200 potential actors for the role of Artemis Fowl, but Shaw scored the part.
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Branagh has also nabbed his Murder on the Orient Express collaborators Josh Gad (as Mulch Diggums) and Dame Judi Dench (as Commander Root). Colfer’s book is being adapted into a screenplay by Irish playwright, Conor McPherson. Branagh has proven himself to be a masterclass actor and an indispensable voice as far as book adaptations go. He did play Gilderoy Lockhart, after all.
Colfer’s book centers around the 12-year-old master criminal, Artemis Fowl II, who kidnaps a fairy named Captain Holly Short (played by Lara McDonnell) and finds himself in hot water with the fairies.
Branagh will begin production on the adaptation early 2018, shooting for a release on August 9, 2019.
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Whenever I picture Rosario Dawson I imagine a cool, laid-back woman with a strong opinion and an edgy style. She’s the perfect choice to narrate Andy Weir’s ‘The Martian’ follow-up Artemis.
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Weir’s success skyrocketed with his novel The Martian, which was then adapted into a film starring Matt Damon as Mark Watney. Watney starkly differs from the author’s new protagonist. Jazz Bashara is the witty, smart, and fierce heroine who seems to live on the road less traveled.
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Jazz, a smuggler, grows up on the moon and soon finds herself involved in some serious trouble that lands her right into a murder mystery. “I worked hard to make a deeper character than Mark Watney,” Weir tells Entertainment Weekly. “Jazz is more nuanced. She’s flawed. She makes bad decisions.”
This sounds like it’s going to be a really good one. Rosario Dawson has an inexplicable edge that fits Jazz perfectly. Something about listening to a sci-fi novel feels like you’re entering another world. Dark details, feelings of endless voids, and the fight to survive are sprinkled throughout this novel
Whether you wait until its release date on November 14th or pre-order it, we’re sure it will be out of this world. Listen to an excerpt of the audiobook here.
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Artemis, Andy Weir’s follow-up to The Martian, is due out November 14th from Crown Publishing Group, but the film adaptation already has directors attached. Funny guys Chris Miller and Phil Lord (21 Jump Street, The LEGO Movie) are slated to direct the sci-fi spectacle.
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Here’s the book’s description courtesy of the publisher:
An adrenaline-charged crime caper that features smart, detailed world-building based on real science. It centers on Jasmine Bashara, aka Jazz, just another too-smart, directionless twenty-something chafing at the constraints of her small town and dreaming of a better life. Except the small town happens to be named Artemis—and it’s the first and only city on the moon. She’s got debts to pay, her job as a porter barely covers the rent, and her budding career as a smuggler isn’t exactly setting her up as a kingpin, much to her disappointment. So when the chance at a life-changing score drops in her lap, Jazz can’t say no, and she finds herself in the middle of a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself.
Based on the hiring of Lord and Miller, it’s probably safe to extrapolate Artemis’s tone. Also, Weir has a proven sense of humor. Though, based on the directing duo’s filmography, I do hope we’re not in for two and a half hours of meta humor. Please leave the sci-fi genre uninsulted, guys. It’s pure.
If you’re feeling hyped, order Artemis here.
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Artemis Fowl fans will be happy to hear that after a decade (a DECADE) of awaiting the adaptation of the popular YA series, it has an official release date: August 9, 2019.
Described by Irish author Eoin Colfer as “Die Hard with fairies,” this sci-fi-fantasy series is about 12-year-old Artemis Fowl who masterfully kidnaps a fairy in the hopes of ransoming the ole pot of gold. Of course, as plans typically go, things go awry, giving readers an entertaining read filled with suspense and mischief.
Legendary director-actor Kenneth Branagh, known for his film adaptations of Shakespeare plays like Hamlet (1996), will direct the film.
Though it hasn’t been confirmed, Branagh may be joined by Oscar-winning actress Judi Dench whom he collaborated with in the live production of The Winter’s Tale.
While we await the official news of Dench’s part in the film, as well as other casting news, fans can begin counting down until the film’s release date of August 9, 2019.
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