Disney Plus is developing a Percy Jackson series adaptation. Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jackson book series, made the announcement this Thursday in a video on Twitter alongside his wife Becky.
It comes after months of speculation and a week after Becky Riordan initiated a #DisneyAdaptPercyJackson fan Twitter campaign, hinting at the adaptation.
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. Rest assured that Becky & I will be involved in person in every aspect of the show.”
The full statement can be read below:
Hey Percy Jackson fans, for the past decade, you've worked hard to champion a faithful on screen adaptation of Percy Jackson's world. Some of you have even suggested it would be a great series for Disney+. We couldn't agree more! 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. Rest assured that Becky & I will be involved in person in every aspect of the show.
There will be much more news in the future, but for now, we have a lot of work to do! Buckle up, demigods. It's going to be a fantastic, exciting ride!
No further details about the series are being revealed but we hear it is being produced by Fox 21 TV Studios and centers on a teenager who discovers he’s the descendant of a Greek god and sets out on an adventure to settle an on-going battle between the gods.
In addition to “The Lightning Thief,” the series is comprised of the books “The Sea of Monsters,” “The Titan’s Curse,” “The Battle of the Labyrinth,” and “The Last Olympian.” Riordan has also published the companion book “The Demigod Files” as well as “The Demigod Diaries.”
Both “Lightning Thief” and “Sea of Monsters” were previously adapted into feature films. Logan Lerman starred as Jackson. The first filmed was released in 2010 while the second was released in 2013. The two films received mixed reviews from critics but grossed over $425 million combined worldwide.
Both films hailed from 20th Century Fox, which was acquired by Disney upon the completion of the Disney-Fox merger last year. At this time, no one from the films is believed to be involved in the series.
Riordan’s books have been translated into 42 languages and sold more than 30 million copies in the US. His books have spawned related media, such as graphic novels and short story collections.
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