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Artemis Fowl Movie: Thoughts & Theories #1

With the Artemis Fowl Movie in the works, filming in-progress, and looking like it’s finally coming to the big screen after 17 long years, it’s about time we at AFC delved into our theories on the possible direction Disney may be going with Artemis Fowl.

This week, we’ll look at how Disney may be changing the general plot.

With such a large gap between the first Artemis Fowl book (2001) and the movie finally coming to fruition (2019) – it goes without saying that Disney will most likely make some amendments to the story.


We know that Disney’s Artemis Fowl movie will combine both the first “Artemis Fowl” book and “Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident.”

According to IMDB and Wikipedia – the plot is summarised as such:

Artemis Fowl the second, a young Irish criminal mastermind, kidnaps the fairy LEPrecon officer Holly Short for ransom to fund rescuing his father. Once a transaction is made, they go onto a hunt for the evil pixie Opal Koboi and rush to save Artemis Fowl senior from the Arctic.

The key changes we can take away from this very sparse description are;

  • Artemis’ motivation behind kidnapping a member of The People is no longer about simply “restoring the family fortune” by padding it out with fairy gold. The whole purpose of the initial kidnapping is to gather gold to fund the hunt to rescue his father, Artemis Fowl I.
  • The transition between “Artemis Fowl” and “The Arctic Incident” in the movie may not be as definitive as it is in the books. In the books, Artemis Fowl I is hauled in for questioning about potentially supplying batteries to the Goblins, however it looks like this may be removed in the movie to speed up the transition from Holly’s kidnapping to Cudgeon / Koboi’s uprising below ground.

The first point above has a number of implications for Artemis’ character development in the movie. In the books he is stoic, merciless and steadfast – only have fleeting pangs of guilt during his capture, interrogation and imprisonment of Holly Short. With the plot potentially changing Artemis’ motivations for the kidnapping (or, more accurately, his motivations for acquiring the gold) – it may have a ripple effect through his character.


The key question that was only kind of answered in the original Artemis Fowl book is: What was Artemis Fowl II’s true motivation for acquiring gold from The People? Was it indeed to fund a search and rescue operation for his father as hinted (by the constant CNN stream running in Fowl Manor) or was it simply to restore his family’s fortune and glory?

Holly vs. Root

One of the main plot devices in the first book is the Holly Short / Julius Root dynamic. Holly is Haven’s first female officer – and Root grills her and pushes her to her limits to be the very best she can be because of this.

With the change of Root’s character to a female for the movie, where does this leave this dynamic? It’s a concern that many awaiting the movie rightfully have. Well, introducing… Beachwood Short.

Beachwood Short is a character listed on the IMDB page for the Artemis Fowl movie, played by Laurence Kinlan. Could it perhaps be that they’ve removed the “first female in LEPRecon” and replaced it with a Brother/Sister dynamic between Holly and Beachwood? Or perhaps Beachwood is Holly’s father – and she’s trying to live up to his expectations?

That’s it for this week’s “Thoughts and Theories” regarding the general plot of the movie. Stay tuned for next time when we talk about the possible introduction of new characters…

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