Back in December, Percy Jackson author Rick Riordan met with Disney+ in regards to a possible project at the streamer. Well, fans of the books can celebrate as Rick has announced a series is officially in the works.
Riordan made the announcement today in a video on Twitter alongside his wife Becky.
Rick then followed up with a statement, which reads in part, “We can’t say much more at this stage but we are very excited about the idea of a live-action series of the highest quality, following the storyline of the original Percy Jackson five-book series, starting with The Lightning Thief in season one.”
Pssst. Hey, demigods . . . pic.twitter.com/7ep4aeyS3I— Rick Riordan (@rickriordan) May 14, 2020
From what I was told recently, Disney+ is already searching for a showrunner and it’s cast at the same time. Expect to hear some names this summer with hopes of getting the series in production early next year.
Released in 2010 and directed by Chris Columbus (Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone), Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lighting Thief starred Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario, and Brandon T. Jackson and followed A teenager discovers he’s the descendant of a Greek god and sets out on an adventure to settle an on-going battle between the gods. The film grossed over $225M on a $95M budget. In 2013, the sequel Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters sadly lost the studio money grossing under $200M on a $90M budget, plans of continuing the series – which was planned, were sadly cancelled.
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