Keep your lightning bolts close at hand! The Percy Jackson, the OlympiansOfficially, a book series will be adapted into a TV show for Disney+.
Reports of a possible television adaptation — based on the fantasy novels by Rick Riordan — first started swirling in May 2020. Riordan and his wife were there at the time. Becky RiordanIn a video uploaded on his website, he confirmed the news.
“Hey Percy Jackson fans, for the past decade, you’ve worked hard to champion a faithful on-screen adaptation of Percy Jackson’s world,” the author wrote, in part, alongside the 18-second clip. “Some of you have even suggested it would be a good series for Disney+. We couldn’t agree more!”
The five-book series — which was published between 2005 and 2009 — introduced fans to a 12-year-old Demigod named Percy Jackson, who discovers early on that he’s the son of the Greek God Poseidon.
Riordan’s novels were previously adapted into a two-film series starring Logan Lermanas the title character Brandon T. JacksonGrover Underwood Alexandra DaddarioAnnabeth Chase The first movie. Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning ThiefThe second, featuring, was premiered in February 2010. Percy Jackson: Sea of MonstersThe premiere of this video was in August 2013.
Fans of the original book series have criticized the film adaptations over the years. Riordan himself has also criticised them.
“I still have not seen the movies, and don’t plan on ever doing so,” the author wrote in a since-deleted Twitter post from June 2020, per Entertainment Weekly. “I judge them from having read the scripts, because I care most about the story. I have nothing against talented actors. They are not to blame. I’m just sorry they got dragged into that mess.”
When the opportunity presents itself, it is a Percy JacksonRiordan was initially skeptical about TV series that came across his desk.
“I’m not a fan of Hollywood, I’ve never been starstruck. I could[n’t]Sincerely, I care less about TV and films. But that’s not true of my fans. They really wanted new adaptations, and they felt bitterly disappointed by the movies,” he told The Guardian in October 2020, noting that he and his wife “owed it to the fans to try one more time.”
Lerman, the actor who played Percy Jackson, is joining the TV show.
“Excited to see this!” the Perks of being a WallflowerStar wrote a tweet about the show in May 2020. “Hope it gets the adaptation the books deserve.”
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