Why Disney’s ‘Artemis Fowl’ is Headed Straight for Disney+ Instead of Theaters

The next “criminal mastermind” is coming. This Disney movie is headed straight for its debut on the company’s streaming platform and fans of the book series couldn’t be more excited. Here’s what we know about the Disney+ premiere of Artemis Fowl.

‘Artemis Fowl’ premieres on Disney+ during June 2020

Fans of this book series finally have their first look at Disney’s film adaptation of Artemis Fowl — and the premiere is closer than some anticipated. For the first time, Disney is telling the story of one criminal mastermind on his fantastic adventure, thanks to the novel originally penned by Eoin Colfer.

“I was surprised by how well the mood of the books was captured, and even more than that, the look. Disney managed to somehow recreate almost exactly the pictures that were in my head,” author Eoin Colfer said during an interview with Hypable.

“This is all the more surprising because they took all their cues from the text apart from a very general conversation I had with the team before the process even started, so such a spot-on adaptation is a little startling; in a very good way,” he continued.

This movie will be available for streaming on Disney+ in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, UK & Ireland, France, Netherlands, and Italy, on June 12. In the meantime, fans can watch other 2020 releases, including Disney and Pixar’s Onward, which debuted on the streaming platform.

This wouldn’t be the first time Disney unexpectedly released movies on Disney+

Artemis Fowl was originally slated for a cinematic premiere. However, due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the company made the decision to release it on its streaming platform.

This wouldn’t be the first Disney movie impacted by the pandemic, as Marvel’s Black Widow originally planned for a cinematic premiere during May 2020. Disney’s live-action adaptation of Mulan was originally set to premiere during March. Both have since been postponed.

The company released Frozen 2 on Disney+ sooner than expected. Additionally, the animated Pixar film, Onward went from playing in theaters to being available for purchase digitally, to premiering on Disney+ within a matter of weeks.

Josh Gad at the Academy Awards
Josh Gad at the Academy Awards | ARTURO HOLMES via Getty Images

The cast of ‘Artemis Fowl’ includes Disney veterans

Disney alumni, including Beauty and the Beast and Frozen 2’s Josh Gad appear in Artemis Fowl. Alice Through the Looking Glass actress, Simone Kirby, portrays Mrs. Byrne. The title character, however, is portrayed by newcomer Ferdia Shaw.

With this movie now more accessible for Disney+ subscribers, some users took to social media, sharing their excitement for this upcoming action film. One Twitter user said, “I’ve waited 20 years for this… now I have to wait two months?!”

“If it’s based on the first book it’s about a 12-year old criminal mastermind (and his bodyguard named Butler) making up a plot to steal gold from elves. It might sound childish but it’s honestly very well worked out lore-wise, really enjoyable,” another Twitter user wrote.

Artemis Fowl premieres on Disney+ June 12. To learn more about Disney’s streaming platform and to subscribe, visit their website.