Variety is reporting that Kenneth Branagh may be set to direct a movie-adaptation of the novel Artemis Fowl for Disney.
Written by Eoin Colfer, the series follows the brilliant and cunning 12-year-old eponymous criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl II, whose plot to extort gold from the secret Fairy People puts him directly in the cross-hairs of some of the most dangerous creatures on earth. Over the series, Fowl becomes a sort of antihero rather than a full-fledged villain, often having to work together with the fairies to stop a slew of treacherous megalomaniacs.
Sir Kenneth Branagh has been announced as the new President of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA).
Director of RADA, Edward Kemp, added “We’re thrilled to have Ken on board for the next step of the RADA journey, which includes plans to make our training even more accessible and public-facing and to renovate our Studios building to maintain our position as a world-leading drama school. The diversity of Ken’s career, not only as an actor, but as director, producer and beyond are an inspiration to us all, staff and students alike.”
Variety announced today that Kenneth Branagh is set to receive the "Dilys Powell Award for excellence in film" award from the London Critics’ Circle.
“As a young filmmaker, I had the privilege of meeting Dilys Powell,” Branagh said in a statement, referring to the late Sunday Times critic for whom the award is named. “She was passionate, rigorous, humane. Her criticism was illuminating, thoughtful and bracing. This recognition in her name is a great honour to me personally and very meaningful. My sincere thanks to the Critics’ Circle.”
Kenneth Branagh remembers discovering the star Tom Hiddleston in a new interview with Digital Spy.
"I saw Tom Hiddleston play Cassio in Michael Grandage's production of Othello, which starred Chiwetel Ejiofor and Ewan McGregor," Branagh recalled.
"I'd not seen him before, but it was quite clear that he was an utterly naturalistic speaker of Shakespeare. It's not necessarily a part in which you can score, Cassio - he is in many ways the relatively straightforward young man...
In a new interview with The Telegraph, Sir Kenneth Branagh discusses a whole-host of topics, including Brexit, acting, the last time he cried and his biggest "film flop."
Post the Brexit vote, Branagh believes, it also has a distinctly contemporary resonance. ‘It’s impossible not to feel that we’re living through another moment of historical import politically. And it will be interesting to see how that plays with the audience.’
“I think what I found in the book again, and in the screenplay, was that it unleashed something very primal, very kind of grisly,” says Branagh. “I realized that we could find a way to have the fun of Agatha Christie, but have the absolutely deadly intention behind it, and the danger. I think we’re making a scarier film than people might imagine. We’re not trying to turn it into something it isn’t, but I think we’re away from the drawing room mystery, and we’re into something else. Because the book is also a dark psychological revenge drama.”
The Belfast Telegraph and other media outlets are announcing that Sir Kenneth Branagh will receive the top honour at BAFTA's annual Britannia Awards in Los Angeles.
Chairman, Kieran Breen, said: "Kenneth is without question one of the most influential figures in the British film, television and theatre community, and his talents have brought him much-deserved international acclaim and recognition.
"We are thrilled to have the opportunity to celebrate Kenneth's work and honour him with this year's Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment."