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Trivia for Artemis Fowl

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  • The film has been in development since 2001. Eoin Colfer has jokingly stated that the movie would be finished two years after he died.
  • In 2001, Lawrence Guterman signed on to direct before being replaced by Sir Kenneth Branagh.
  • Harvey Weinstein was producer on this movie, but following the disclosure of his sexual misconduct Disney removed Harvey Weinstein as the film producer of the film and terminated its production partnership with The Weinstein Company.
  • Dame Judi Dench's third Disney movie, after Home on the Range (2004) and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011).
  • Producer and director Sir Kenneth Branagh also teamed up with Dame Judi Dench and Josh Gad on Murder on the Orient Express (2017).
  • This is Sir Kenneth Branagh's second Disney movie after Cinderella (2015). He also directed Thor (2011), which was technically distributed by Paramount Pictures, but is part of Disney's Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  • Producer and director Sir Kenneth Branagh and Nonso Anozie collaborated on Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) and Cinderella (2015).
  • In the "Artemis Fowl" novels, Domovoi Butler is described as Eurasian, a heritage that helps him blend in wherever Artemis' adventures take them. However, producer and director Kenneth Branagh says he always envisioned black actor Nonso Anozie in the role of Butler, and cast him in the role.
  • Commander Root, a male character in the novels, is a female in the film. This version incorporates characteristics of Wing Commander Raine Vinyaya (a female elf and ally of Artemis and Holly).
  • The movie rights to Artemis Fowl were sold to Disney before the first book got published.
  • "Artemis Fowl" author Eoin Colfer has a cameo in the film.
  • Dame Judi Dench's casting as Commander Root, the head of a secret police of fairies, is a homage to Dench's previous role in the James Bond films as M, the Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service.
  • Colin Farrell's involvement in the film was not announced until March 2020- nearly a year and a half after the teaser trailer was released, and three years after filming wrapped.

Spoilers

  • The film is majorly based on the first novel "Artemis Fowl" (Artemis encounters fairies for the first time), but incorporates elements from the second novel "The Arctic Incident" (Artemis launches a rescue mission to save his kidnapped father).
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