From Disney’s official synopsis:
“Disney’s Artemis Fowl, based on the beloved book by Eoin Colfer, is a fantastical, spellbinding adventure that follows the journey of 12-year-old genius Artemis Fowl, a descendant of a long line of criminal masterminds, as he seeks to find his father who has mysteriously disappeared. With the help of his loyal protector Butler, Artemis sets out to find him, and in doing so uncovers an ancient, underground civilization—the amazingly advanced world of fairies. Deducing that his father’s disappearance is somehow connected to the secretive, reclusive fairy world, cunning Artemis concocts a dangerous plan—so dangerous that he ultimately finds himself in a perilous war of wits with the all-powerful fairies.”
Disney’s official synopsis for the movie sounds exactly like the plot of the first
As is the dwarf Mulch Diggums (Josh Gad). That’s another major departure from the book where Mulch is definitely not helping the young human. Disney seems to have made the decision to skip ahead in the story when it comes to character relationships. But without laying the groundwork for how those changes happen organically, they run the risk of those relationships not meaning as much.
And by presenting Artemis as a hero, it completely upends one of the most appealing aspects of the character. He’s 12 and clearly the bad guy. (Even if he can only be so bad.) There are plenty of YA heroes. Why not adapt one of those stories if you wanted a good guy main character?
Could these changes work? Of course. Movies are a different medium, and some of the best adaptations make major changes. However, that hasn’t prevented the ire from fans of the book.
That new Artemis Fowl trailer had me like... pic.twitter.com/uHNVCpJWSQ— Bryn Clayton Jones (@Bryn_C_Jones) March 2, 2020
This is all wrong.— 𝐙♡𝐌𝐁𝐈𝐄 ɐɓǝΛ ǝıssɐƆ 👽 𝐵𝐿𝑀 🇲🇽🇩🇴 8:46 (@NotJosieGrossy) March 2, 2020
Artemis Fowl was a cold, calculating, genius villain. That’s what made the books unique, because he was the villain but you still cheered for him.
Then Disney comes along, throws pixie dust at Artemis and now he’s a good boy hero with a heart of gold. https://t.co/GUy16wDeSU
Probably not a great sign for enthusiasm when your trailer makes people commiserate with
With the Artemis Fowl trailer I finally understand how the Percy Jackson fans felt pic.twitter.com/YEUAMNy5C7— Horror and Horrific of Netflix (@HorrorNetflix) March 2, 2020
Artemis Fowl fans 🤝 Percy Jackson fans— 🎃 VforVera (@VforVintageVera) March 2, 2020
On realizing their beloved books have been butchered as movie “adaptations” by Fox and Disney pic.twitter.com/oolmrI7atF
Upset by this trailer? We get it. Our advice though is to keep doing what
Colin Farrell, Judi Dench, Hong Chau, and Nikesh Patel also star in the film.