Colfer signs two-book deal for Artemis spinoff

Wexford People - - NEWS - By ES­THER HAY­DEN

WEX­FORD au­thor Eoin Colfer has signed a ma­jor two-book deal for a spinoff from his pop­u­lar Artemis Fowl se­ries.

The new nov­els, The Fowl Twins and an as yet un­ti­tled se­quel, will fo­cus on Artemis’s younger brothers, Myles and Beck­ett, who, af­ter be­ing left alone for just one night, end up hav­ing to save a troll from a ne­far­i­ous no­ble­man and an in­ter­ro­gat­ing nun – each of whom need the mag­i­cal crea­ture for their own gain. Read­ers will get to know the Fowl twins, re­visit favourite char­ac­ters, and en­joy all the ac­tion and wit that Artemis Fowl fans have come to ex­pect.

In a state­ment the award-win­ning au­thor said: ‘I am de­lighted to be back in the world of fairies, magic, and crim­i­nal mas­ter­minds, and I could not be more pleased that Dis­ney and HarperCollins, two won­der­ful pub­lish­ers with whom I share a long and fruit­ful his­tory, are go­ing to un­leash the Fowl twins on the world. I can­not wait for a whole new gen­er­a­tion of read­ers to im­merse them­selves in the mag­i­cal ad­ven­tures of Myles and Beck­ett. The fu­ture is bright. The fu­ture is Fowl.’

The two books have been ac­quired by Dis­ney-Hype­r­ion who will, in the lead up to the pub­li­ca­tion of the new books, re­lease repack­aged edi­tions of the eight-book Artemis Fowl se­ries, two at a time, be­gin­ning this Oc­to­ber.

In ad­di­tion, U.K. rights to The Fowl Twins were sold to HarperCollins Chil­dren’s Books UK.

The Artemis Fowl books have sold more than 25 mil­lion copies around the world and a film, di­rected by Ken­neth Branagh, is due for re­lease in 2019.

Stephanie Lurie, edi­tor at Dis­ney-Hype­r­ion, said: ‘The Fowl Twins books will trans­port read­ers right back to the world of Artemis Fowl with their trade­mark hu­mour, high-tech gad­getry, and un­for­get­table hu­man and fairy char­ac­ters.’

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