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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Over the past decade, we’ve seen practically every major mainstream superhero make it to the screen in some form or other. Marvel’s Spider-Man, X-Men, and various Avengers have all made it to the theaters, as have DC’s Superman, Batman, and Green Lantern. Hell, even the supposedly unfilmable Watchmen got a faithful adaptation courtesy of Zack Snyder. And yet one of the most beloved icons of the genre has been notably missing from both the big screen and the small screen: Wonder Woman.

Several different writers and filmmakers have tried to crack the Amazon princess over the years, and David E. Kelley actually got pretty close as far as shooting a TV pilot starring Adrianne Palicki last year. But after NBC passed on the show, it started to feel like Wonder Woman was destined to remain forever offscreen. Warner Bros. is apparently determined to make it work, though, and has now hired Green Lantern co-writer Michael Goldenberg to pen a feature script. More details after the jump.

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Warner Bros. Hires Green Lantern 2 Screenwriter

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With the first Green Lantern just barely wrapped and the finished film not even close to being in the can, Warner Bros. has already hired a screenwriter for the sequel. Micheal Goldenberg, who worked on Contact, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and the first Green Lantern, got the job.

During Comic Con, Green Lantern comics writer Geoff Johns said that he thought of the first film as the opening chapter in a trilogy, and rumors have already started to fly that second and third films are firmly planned, possibly even to be shot back-to-back, with production beginning before the first film is released.

Setting aside all that as rumor for now, hiring a writer to pen the sequel suggests that WB wants to be ready to pull the trigger on the sequel as soon as possible, should that seem like a good idea. The studio has to work with the schedule of rising star Ryan Reynolds, which includes competing for his time with Fox, which has Reynolds lined up for Deadpool. But there’s a long time to go before we know how well the first film does; Green Lantern opens on June 17, 2011. [Variety]