Disney has officially greenlit the Percy Jackson series based on Rick Riordan’s series of novels. Riordan made the announcement himself on Disney+’s YouTube channel, saying, “The wait is over, demigods.”
Plans to adapt Percy Jackson and the Olympians for the streaming platform have been in development since May 2020. It is only now, however, that the series has received an official order and greenlight. The Hollywood Reporter says the series will be produced by Disney’s 20th television, which has also produced two previous adaptations of The Lightning Thief (2010) and Sea of Monsters (2013). Both films have disappointed fans, and Riordan himself, due to deviations from the source material and the significant aging of the characters.
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Deadline reports that Riordan will executive-produce the series alongside Jon Steinberg, the co-creator of the upcoming series The Old Man. They are both writing the pilot along with James Bobin, who will also executive-produce the series with the pair. Bobin will also direct the pilot, which Riordan has expressed excitement about. He praised Bobin’s work on directing the pilot for the Disney+ series The Mysterious Benedict Society.
Percy Jackson and the Olympians tell the story of a 12-year-old boy named Percy Jackson, who learns that he is a demigod. As he is coming to terms with his newly-discovered abilities, the sky god Zeus accuses him of stealing his master’s lightning bolt. This forces Percy on a journey across America to get the lightning bolt back and restore order to Olympus.
Disney+ is also working on an adaptation of another children’s book series, The Spiderwick Chronicles, which was also previously adapted into a film in 2008. As of this publication, there is no casting or release date information set for either one of these adaptations.
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