Actor Kenneth Branagh has said that he was interested in working on Artemis Fowl as it ''felt very original. I loved its Irish-ness, coming from the north part of that country."

The 59-year-old, who directed the film, told Reader's Digest: ''I was Irish - I grew up in a big family and people are always full of stories, very elaborate stories, and I was aware of that.''

Artemis Fowl is 12-year-old millionaire, genius and criminal mastermind, and the story was written by Irish writer Eoin Colfer. More than 21 million copies of his books have been sold and they have been translated into 44 languages.

The books were adapted for the screen by playwright Conor McPherson and Paddington's Hamish McColl.

Artemis Fowl had been due to open in cinemas on May 29, but release schedules were affected because of Covid-19.

Wexford writer Colfer told RTE in April that the film is being treated as "a test case, and if it goes well it's going to happen more".

"As for a sequel, I've only sold Disney the first book, so if they want to do more they'd have to come back to me... That would be great if that would happen."

Artemis Fowl can now be streamed on Disney +.