‘Percy Jackson’ series is happening, author Rick Riordan confirms

Published January 27, 2022, 11:12 AM

by John Legaspi

‘The wait is over, demigods.’

After news about its development sparked in May 2020, the “Percy Jackson” series project finally gets a go from streaming platform Disney+. Confirming this is none other than the fantasy adventure novel series’ author Rick Riordan.

“The wait is over, demigods,” he said in a video released by Disney+ on social media. “I am thrilled to be the first to tell you that ‘Percy Jackson and the Olympians’ is really, truly, and for sure coming to your screens.”

Book cover design of ‘Percy Jackson And The Lightning Thief’ (Photo from rickriordan.com)

Based on reports, it looks like the upcoming show will be based on the first book of the series that centers on the heroic tales of the 12-year-old modern demigod titular character. “Percy must journey across the United States to catch a thief who has stolen the original weapon of mass destruction—Zeus’ master bolt. Along the way, he must face a host of mythological enemies determined to stop him,” the book’s synopsis says.

Together with Riordan is Jon Steinberg who is writing the plot, James Bobin who is sitting in as the director of its pilot episode, and Dan Shotz as producing partner.

“[W]e’re deep into creating a compelling TV series worthy of the heroic mythological characters that millions of Percy Jackson readers know are well-worth caring about,” said Disney Branded TV president Ayo Davis. “We’re eager to invite Disney+ audiences into stories that are true to the blockbuster franchise and full of anticipation, humor, surprise, and mystery.”

Prior to this much-awaited show, the novel series’ books “Lightning Thief” and “Sea of Monsters” were made into live-action films in 2010 and 2013 featuring Logan Lerman as the lead.

Watch Riordan full announcement here:

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