Rick Riordan’s beloved young adult fantasy series, Percy Jackson, is getting another shot at the live-action treatment seven years after the last film was released — but this time, as a Disney Plus series.
Riordan announced the project on Twitter, adding a note of reassurance to fans who were left livid over 20th Century Fox’s original film adaptations in 2010 and 2013: it wouldn’t end up like last time. Both Riordan and fans of the books, which follow demigod Percy Jackson as he travels around the country trying to find Zeus’ lightning bolt, haven’t hidden their distaste of the two live-action movies.
In a lengthy blog post published in November 2018, Riordan reiterated that once he “saw the final script and saw what they were doing on the set, I realized I had to step away for my own peace of mind.” The author published emails he sent to producers asking them not to make Percy Jackson older (he’s 17 in the films compared to 12 in the books), and he also expressed concerns over the script’s terrible writing and use of vulgar language.
Despite those problems, both Percy Jackson movies did adequately at the box office. Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief generated $226.5 million worldwide, with Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters pulling in just under $200 million worldwide. Those aren’t Marvel, DC, or Harry Potter numbers, but it was clear the