Keep your lightning strikes close by! Officially, a television series based on the Percy Jackson and the Olympians novel series will air on Disney+.
In May 2020, rumors about a potential television adaptation of Rick Riordan’s fantasy books initially began to circulate. In a video posted on his website at the time, Riordan and his wife, Becky Riordan, seemed to corroborate the news.
The author, in part, wrote beside the 18-second film, “Hey Percy Jackson fans, for the past decade, you’ve worked hard to support a faithful on-screen version of Percy Jackson’s world.” “Some of you have even said that it would make a wonderful Disney+ series. We are in complete agreement!
A 12-year-old Demigod named Percy Jackson is introduced to readers in the five-book series, which was released between 2005 and 2009. Percy Jackson learns early on that he is the son of the Greek God Poseidon.
A two-film adaptation of Rick Riordan’s books formerly starred Logan Lerman as the title character, Grover Underwood was played by Brandon T. Jackson, and Annabeth Chase was played by Alexandra Daddario. Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, the first film, debuted in February 2010; Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, the second, debuted in August 2013.
Fans of the original book series and Riordan himself have harshly criticized the cinematic adaptations over the years.
According to Entertainment Weekly, the author stated in a since-deleted tweet from June 2020, “I still haven’t viewed the movies, and don’t plan on ever doing so.” “Since I am mainly interested in the tale, I rate them based on having read the scripts. I have nothing at all against extremely gifted actors. Not my fault. I’m simply sorry they got mixed up in it.
So Riordan was first highly dubious when the idea for a Percy Jackson TV series crossed his desk.
“I’ve never been a lover of Hollywood, and I don’t get star-struck. Sincerely, I could care less about television and movies. But that’s not how my supporters feel. In October 2020, he told The Guardian that the fans “owed it to the fans to try one more time” since they “truly wanted new adaptations and they were deeply disappointed by the movies.”
Even Lerman, who portrayed Percy Jackson in the movies, is supporting the new TV series.
In May 2020, The Perks of Being a Wallflower actor posted an article about the program along with the message, “Excited to see this!” “I hope the books get the adaptation they deserve.”
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A Potential Show
The Lightning Thief will open season one of the live-action series, which will follow the plot of the original Percy Jackson five-book series, Riordan wrote on his website in May 2020. “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,” he added. You can be sure that Becky and I will actively participate in every area of the program.
An Old Face?
Lerman added that he is “open” to the possibility of participating in the show.
I’m interested to see what will happen with it, and I’m just happy that Rick, the author, seems to be in charge or to have a say. I’m unsure of how much input he had in the [movies] we made a few years ago. In June 2020, the Stuck in Love actor said to Access Hollywood, “I hope they get fantastic screenplays together. The next step is that. They mention an announcement, but the reality is that there is a lengthy development process that involves putting together strong screenplays and getting network approval.
the Series with hints
Riordan gave followers a sneak peek at the program in a TikTok video from December 2020. The creator of the article captioned the video, “A really short teaser that will emerge today at the Disney shareholders meeting.” There is still a long way to go, but I am quite eager.