This may be the year without summer blockbusters. With so many theaters closed thanks to the COVID-19 Pandemic, movies are having to adjust. Now, following in the footsteps of Onward, the film-adaption of Artemis Fowl will skip theaters entirely and head straight to Disney+ on June 12th.
If you’re unfamiliar with the Artemis Fowl book series, the premise and feel are relatively simple. Think of bad guys from Die Hard. Now add fairies. This isn’t a book series about a loveable Harry Potteresque hero. No, the main character is not only flawed, but he also stands firmly on the side of evil and is willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done.
The story starts with the young highly-trained thief trying to rescue his kidnapped father. He accidentally stumbles u[on a portal to a land of magic and decides to kidnap a fairy. Then he holds her for ransom to fund his ventures. I mentioned willing to do whatever it takes, right?
The trailer, however, looks to be a departure from the “evil criminal mastermind genius” story. Instead, while the elements of a kidnapped father and trained to steal anything are there, the reasons have changed. The Fowl family steals dangerous artifacts to protect the world. Rather than discovering the magical realms, he’s shown the truth. It sounds a bit like Warehouse 13 or The Librarians.
Of course, the trailer is just a few minutes long, so it’s hard to say how much of what we see is real and how much is a misdirect. If you’re a Disney+ subscriber, you can find out on June 12th when the movie comes straight to the streaming service.