Artemis Fowl is to be turned into a feature film.

Disney is to develop a film adaptation of Eoghan Colfer’s children’s fiction series, Artemis Fowl.

The live-action feature will be based on the first and second instalments of the series.

The screenplay is being written by Michael Goldenberg (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix) and Robert DeNiro and Jane Rosenthal will executive produce the project.

“With its balance of mystery, adventure and family appeal, Artemis Fowl is a natural fit for Disney, said Sean Bailey, president of Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production.

Producer Harvey Weinstein said: “If you would have told me five years ago I would be producing a project with Disney I would thought you were crazy.

“This is a special project for me because my children absolutely love this book. This story is for everyone and there is no one better than Disney to make a film that will excite people young and old,” he said.

Author Eoghan Colfer has said that he would like Saoirse Ronan to play Holly, one of the lead roles in the film. He said she would be “the dream cast” for the character.

Artemis Fowl is about a 12-year-old Artemis who is a millionaire, a genius - and above all, a criminal mastermind. But Artemis doesn’t know what he's taken on when he kidnaps a fairy (Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit) to harness her magic to save his family. These aren't the fairies of the bedtime stories – they're dangerous.

The Artemis Fowl book series has sold more than 21 million copies in print in 44 languages worldwide.