Artemis Fowl

Eoin Colfer‘s Artemis Fowl was a pretty big deal when it first hit shelves in 2001, enough so that Miramax quickly snapped up the film rights that same year. But nothing came of that deal, and even as contemporaries like Harry Potter, The Golden Compass, and Eragon have made their way to multiplexes, Artemis Fowl has been left behind.

Given the industry’s current obsession with all things YA, though, it was only a matter of time before someone got it into their heads to give Artemis Fowl another shot. That someone, it turns out, is Harvey Weinstein and Disney. They’ve just set Michael Goldenberg (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix) to pen the script, with Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal producing. Hit the jump for all the details.

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As David O. Russell puts the finishing touches on The Silver Linings Playbook, he’s weighing a few different options for his next move. As of last month, it looked like a real possibility that he could be headed to American Bullshit, about a real-life sting of Congress by the FBI in the 1980s, but now it seems the Oscar-nominated director is set for a different political tale.

According to a new report, Russell has signed on to direct a biopic of Rhode Island mayor Buddy Cianci, based on Cianci’s memoir Politics and Pasta: How I Prosecuted Mobsters, Rebuilt a Dying City, Advised a President, Dined With Sinatra, Spent Five Years in a Federally Funded Gated Community and Lived to Tell the Tale. Although Russell has been circling the picture for about a year now, he’s finally made his attachment official. More details after the jump.

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