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.
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.
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.
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.
It may come as a surprise to some that best-selling sci-fi thriller ‘The Martian’ started out as a serial publication on author Andy Weir’s website. This was of course before it was picked up, becoming not only a best-seller but also an Oscar-nominated movie starring Matt Damon.
2017 will see the release of Weir’s long-awaited follow-up novel, ‘Artemis,’ which is a thriller set on the Moon.
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Weir said in an interview with The Verge that it’s nerve-wracking following up such a successful book.
I feel like I’ve done a good job, but we’re now going to find out if I’m a one-hit wonder. It’s pretty scary to follow up something like ‘The Martian’
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He said the experience of writing ‘Artemis’ has been different as he misses the community feel of publishing a story in serial form.
I miss that. When I had thousands of readers read each chapter, they would email me and tell me, “Oh, [you’ve] got this part of this chemistry wrong, or that part,” and I can go back and fix it.
Though he notes that ‘Artemis’ is not as scientific as ‘The Martian,’ and therefore required less research and fact-checking. Weir says he grew up reading his dad’s novels from the 60’s and 70’s such as ‘I, Robot’ and ‘The Moon is a Harsh Mistress’ to which he worries ‘Artemis’ will be compared. So anxious is he for the response to ‘Artemis’ that he is even waiting to gauge the response to it before beginning work on his next book, as he would like it to be a series. “I would love for this to be my ‘Discworld,’ he said, referencing Terry Pratchett’s bestselling series.
When asked how he made ‘The Martian’ into such a page-turner he said:
I ask myself a lot — you know when you’re in bed reading, and at some point you go, “I’m tired,” and put the book down? But if it’s an exciting part of the book, you’ll go, “Well, I’m going to finish this, and then I’ll put the book down and go to sleep.” My question is, when you’re writing the part where you’re going to sleep — why is that there? So I just don’t let them put it down, don’t let them stop reading.
What a great outlook! And it’s stood him in good stead so far. As well as this great way of looking at writing, Weir also describes himself as having “a very optimistic view of the future,” saying “the quality of life for humankind just goes up and up and up consistently at all times.” Here’s hoping it continues!
Artemis will be released on November 14th.
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