After two stints on the big screen, the Percy Jackson franchise is heading to Disney Plus.
Based on the young adult novels by Rick Riordan, the series follows Jackson, a modern-day teenager who learns he’s actually demigod – the son of a mortal mother and the legendary Greek god Poseidon – and that the world of classical mythology is still alive and well in the 21st century.
Riordan took to Twitter Thursday to announce the upcoming series, telling fans, “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.”
Despite raking in over $426 million combined at the global box office, the two feature films were panned by critics and fans alike, leading to the series’ early end following its second installment, “The Sea of Monsters,” in 2013. One of the major fan complaints was the series significant deviation from its source material, which Riordan acknowledged in his statement Thursday, reassuring fans of his hands-on involvement this time around.
The five-book series begins with “The Lightning Thief” and is followed by “The Sea of Monsters,” “The Titan’s Curse,” “The Battle of the Labyrinth,” and “The Last Olympian.”
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