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Harvey Weinstein has been removed as a producer on Disney’s Artemis Fowl, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
“We have terminated his services as producer,” a spokesperson for Disney, which has been developing the project with Weinstein for years, said Wednesday.
The news comes a day after Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger spoke out against Weinstein, saying in a Tuesday statement: “Harvey Weinstein’s reported behavior is abhorrent and unacceptable, and it has no place in our society.”
While still at Miramax, Weinstein picked up the rights to the Eoin Colfer series during the height of Hollywood’s Harry Potter craze in the early 2000s, when many studios were looking to find the next YA fantasy to bring to the big screen. When Weinstein and his brother Bob left Miramax in 2005 to form The Weinstein Co., the book rights reverted back to Disney, which at the time owned Miramax.
The project fell into inactivity after the Weinsteins’ acrimonious split from Disney, which later sold its stake in Miramax. Disney picked up the rights to the books in 2013, this time with Harvey Weinstein on board as a producer. (Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal, who were set to produce the pic when it was still at Miramax, are executive producing now.)
Buzz for Artemis Fowl, which follows a 12-year-old genius that runs his family’s criminal empire and believes he can prove the existence of fairies, heated up last month when the studio dated the movie for an Aug. 9, 2019, release. More recently, director Kenneth Branagh began early casting forays.
Since the revelations of decades of alleged sexual harassment and assault accusations against Weinstein, as outlined in The New York Times and The New Yorker, Hollywood has begun to distance itself from the movie mogul.
TWC has reached out to multiple networks and granted them permission to remove Weinstein’s name from ongoing and upcoming TV credits, including Project Runway and Paramount Network’s Waco miniseries and drama Yellowstone.
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