After the groundbreaking success of the “Harry Potter“ films, every studio was searching for the next great family fantasy adventure series leading to a significant influx in young adult novel adaptations. While films such as the “Divergent“ series, “Eragon,” and “The Maze Runner” failed to attain the success studios had hoped, there was the occasional “Hunger Games“ that broke through becoming a phenomenon in its own right. However, 20th Century Fox’s “Percy Jackson” films fell somewhere in the middle. The novels were beloved, and both films, “Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief” and “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters,” were generally well-received by audiences. Critically, it was more of a mixed bag, and when paired with mediocre box office returns, the would-be franchise failed to make a splash. Since the release of “Sea of Monsters” in 2013, interest in more “Percy Jackson” content has gradually increased. Now, following Disney’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox, it looks like more “Percy Jackson” is on the way.
Disney is developing a “Percy Jackson” series for Disney+. The author of the “Percy Jackson” book series, Rick Riordan, broke the news on Twitter Thursday in a video accompanied by his wife, Becky. In addition to the video, Riordan released an encouraging statement saying, “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. Rest assured that Becky & I will be involved in person in every aspect of the show.”
The video and full statement can be found below.
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The series follows 12-year-old Percy Jackson as he adventures through Greek mythology after discovering he is the son of the god Poseidon. Logan Lerman originally played Percy in both “The Lightning Thief” and “Sea of Monsters alongside Alexandra Daddario and Brandon T. Jackson.
Riordan’s novels follow Percy of the course of five books, starting with “The Lightning Thief” and continuing through “The Sea of Monsters,” “The Titan’s Curse,” “The Battle of the Labyrinth,” and “The Last Olympian.”