‘Artemis Fowl’ Will Skip Theatrical Release and Debut on Disney Plus

‘Artemis Fowl’ Will Skip Theatrical Release and Debut on Disney Plus

The Walt Disney Studios announced today that it will debut its new live-action feature film Artemis Fowl exclusively on Disney+.

Disney announced wide, sweeping release date changes amid the industry-wide shutterings made out of abundance of caution for ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Disney+ is finally coming to Hotstar India on April 3.

"With audiences largely unable to attend theatres in the current environment, we are thrilled to offer the premiere of "Artemis Fowl" on Disney+".

Newcomer Ferdia Shaw plays the title character, with Colin Farrell as Artemis' criminal mastermind father, Lara McDonnell (Love, Rosie) playing Captain Holly Short, a feisty, spirited elf, who is kidnapped by Artemis for a ransom of fairy gold.

The film had originally been scheduled for a theatrical release in the US on May 29, 2020. "It's great family entertainment that is the ideal addition to Disney+'s summer lineup". Accepting his destiny, Artemis sets out to find his missing dad with some help from his fiercely loyal butler, Butler (Nonso Anozie). Deducing that his father's disappearance is somehow connected to the secretive, reclusive fairy world, cunning Artemis concocts a unsafe plan-so risky that he ultimately finds himself in a perilous war of wits with the all-powerful fairies.

Directed by Kenneth Branagh, the book was adapted for the screen by award-winning playwright Conor McPherson.

The long-awaited service, and its entire batch of original programming, will debut through Hotstar - another popular OTT service that Disney owns in the country.

All of the Hollywood studios are scrambling to adapt to the theatrical closures.

As before, there will be a free ad-supported tier, though this will not include Disney content.

The streaming service quickly responded by promising to fix the aspect ratio on The Simpsons in 2020, and now Disney has tweeted an official update on when subscribers can expect to see those episodes in the 4:3 format as originally intended.

Disney's movies have dominated the box office in recent years, especially with movies from brands such as Pixar, Marvel and "Star Wars".

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