Disney has set the streaming-only premiere date for live-action sci-fi fantasy “Artemis Fowl” on its Disney Plus service worldwide — hoping it provides extra juice to the subscription VOD product whereas theaters are shuttered.
“Artemis Fowl,” directed by Kenneth Branagh, might be obtainable solely on Disney Plus starting Friday, June 12. It had initially been set for a Could 29 theatrical debut.
Primarily based on the best-selling YA e book by Irish creator Eoin Colfer, “Artemis Fowl” follows the journey of 12-year-old legal mastermind as he desperately tries to avoid wasting his kidnapped father. In an announcement, Branagh stated that Artemis Fowl would “be as proud as I’m that households all over the world will now be capable to get pleasure from his first superb display screen adventures collectively, on Disney Plus.”
“Artemis Fowl” stars newcomer Ferdia Shaw within the title function alongside Lara McDonnell, Josh Gad, Tamara Good, Nonso Anozie, Josh McGuire, Nikesh Patel and Adrian Scarborough, with Colin Farrell and Judi Dench. Branagh and Judy Hofflund are producing with Angus Extra Gordon and Matthew Jenkins serving as government producers. Conor McPherson and Hamish McColl wrote the screenplay.
Amid the COVID-19 disaster, Disney has postponed almost each one in every of its forthcoming film releases, together with “Black Widow,” “Mulan,” “The New Mutants,” “The Eternals,” “Jungle Cruise” and “Indiana Jones 5.”
The media conglomerate’s hope is that “Artemis Fowl” will draw extra subscribers into Disney Plus, which surpassed 50 million paying prospects worldwide in its first 5 months. That’s been buoyed by its latest launch in India and eight Western European international locations — together with the early launch of “Frozen 2” on the subscription VOD service. Within the U.S., Disney Plus is $6.99 month-to-month or $69.99 for a one-year plan.
Disney additionally launched a brand new trailer for “Artemis Fowl” to advertise the June 12 premiere: