[EXCLUSIVO] ‘Artemis Fowl’ movie brings references to Shakespeare, director reveals

The Disney + platform is already available in Brazil and one of the main launches of the streaming giant in 2020 has been precisely the adaptation of the saga of the book ‘Artemis Fowl’.

Already featured in Casa do Mickey’s digital catalog, the production explores the fantastic universe of young Artemis Fowl, the latest descendant of a legendary family of criminals.

And in an EXCLUSIVE interview with our journalist and critic Rafa Gomes, filmmaker Kenneth Branagh opened up about how the adaptation’s creative construction process works.

To build all the aesthetics and the most extravagant concept of the production, the filmmaker used classic references from the cultural artistic milieu, such as illustrations by Arthur Rackham, responsible for the stories of Cinderella and Alice in Wonderland.

Going further, Branagh turned to acclaimed poet, playwright and actor William Shakespeare, as a great benchmark for the world-building of Artemis Fowl. And according to him, the play Dream of a Midsummer Night was one of the works of the legendary writer that served as a benchmark:

“In addition to the books and graphic novel created by Eoin Colfer, we also went to Victorian illustrations by Arthur Rackman, a great illustrator responsible for stories like Cinderella and Alice in Wonderland. And they have this incredible quality beyond a midsummer night’s dream, with their arts and watercolor paintings. There is a scene in the film, in which Holly lands on top of a mountain, which was greatly influenced by Arthur’s work and also by Shakespeare’s notion of fairies. Obviously, in Shakespeare’s work, it takes on different proportions – which would not fit in a Disney film, but the references are there ”.

Throughout the discussion, Branagh also reflected on what sets Artemis Fowl apart, which contrasts with other literary heroes who appeared around the same time, such as Harry Potter and Percy Jackson:

“Unlike Harry Potter, Artemis’ tale is in a longer, non-Gothic Irish way, which is a bit more irreverent and more unusual. I like these characteristics present in the plot ”.

“Artemis Fowl: The Secret World” presents the adventures of a 12-year-old boy, the latest descendant of a legendary crime family on the brink of extinction. With the help of his bodyguard, he designs a way to regain the former glory of the Fowls: kidnap a fairy and demand rescue. However, the young man does not suspect that the fairies also have their resources, including a dangerous police of the fantasy world.

Newcomer Ferdia Shaw will play the main character. Josh Gad will be Mulch Diggums, a dwarf true to himself. Judi Dench will be Commander Root, who heads the Fairy Police. Lara McDonnell will be Captain Holly Short, a hero among the elves. Finally, Nonso Anozie will be Artemis’ bodyguard, Butler.

The feature film stars Kenneth Branagh (“Murder on the Orient Express”) in the direction.

The franchise has 8 books and was one of the first to benefit from the wave of popularity of the children’s fantasy genre that Harry Potter started.

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