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Harvey Weinstein and Disney Bury the Hatchet, Team for Live-Action Adaptation of 'Artemis Fowl'

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood July 30, 2013 at 2:29PM

Never say never. Harvey Weinstein, who in 2005 left Disney and his Miramax Films following intense disagreements with chief exec Michael Eisner, is now on board for an adaptation of "Artemis Fowl" for the Mouse House. Weinstein, but not the Weinstein Company, is set to produce.
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Harvey Weinstein
Harvey Weinstein

Never say never. Harvey Weinstein, who in 2005 left Disney and his Miramax Films following intense disagreements with chief exec Michael Eisner, is now on board for an adaptation of "Artemis Fowl" for the Mouse House. Weinstein, but not the Weinstein Company, is set to produce.

Artemis Fowl

Disney announced July 29 that it would be moving ahead with a big-screen, live-action adaptation of the first two installments of Eoin Colfer's bestselling eight-book children's series "Artemis Fowl," centering on a pre-teen boy millionaire and mastermind.

Michael Goldenberg ("Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix") is penning the script.

Weinstein said in a statement that "If you would have told me five years ago I would be producing a project with Disney I would have thought you were crazy," and also called the "Artemis Fowl" project "special" because his children are such huge fans of the books.

Meanwhile, Disney praised Weinstein as "one of the pre-eminent producers in the industry, with impeccable tastes and creative instincts."

Weinstein and Eisner's bad blood stemmed from unwieldy Miramax budgets and Disney's refusal to distribute Michael Moore's incendiary documentary "Fahrenheit 9/11," among other issues. Disney sold Miramax in 2010.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.