It’s official! The Percy Jackson & The Olympians Disney+ series has officially been greenlit and will be coming to our screens some time soon.
In a currently unlisted video on the Disney Plus YouTube channel, Rick Riordan makes an announcement stating that the series has officially been picked up by Disney Plus and he thanks fans for waiting patiently. He also announces that James Bobin, the director of the pilot of The Mysterious Benedict Society, will be directing the pilot. Best of all, Bobin is declared to be a fan of the Percy Jackson book series and Riordan is co-writing the pilot with Jon Steinberg, thus guaranteeing more accuracy towards the original books.
Steinberg and his producing partner Dan Shotz serve as executive producers of the Disney Plus reboot alongside Bobin, Rick Riordan, Rebecca Riordan, Bert Salke, Monica Owusu-Breen, Jim Rowe, and Gotham Group’s Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Jeremy Bell, D.J. Goldberg. Even the President of Disney Branded Television has chimed in, declaring that they are “eager to invite Disney+ audiences into stories that are true to the blockbuster franchise and full of anticipation, humor, surprise, and mystery” and that he is confident in the team of Riordan, Steinberg, and Shotz.
In 2010, Fox 2000 Pictures tried adapting the Percy Jackson series with bad results. Although the first two movies were produced, fans were unhappy with the results, particularly the aging up of the main characters, the inaccurate depiction of Annabeth (notably with her black hair and blue eyes, starkly contrasting her iconic curly blonde hair and stormy grey eyes), the changing of plot lines, the early introduction of Kronos (the series’ main villain) and worst of all, changing what the ‘curse blade’ in the Great Prophecy stood for.
The movies were so inaccurate to the books that Rick Riordan himself was very unhappy with the results and did not watch the series. He did not blame the actors—Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario, and Brandon T. Jackson played Percy, Annabeth, and Grover respectively—but he was still dissatisfied with the results. However, with Rick Riordan playing a much bigger role in the production of the Disney+ reboot, the series promises to be much more accurate to the books and to satisfy fans much more.
The series is currently casting its leads; earlier the audition application for the role of Percy was out, now those for Annabeth and Grover, Percy’s two best friends are also out. This series promises to be very long-running, provided it is done well; the Percy Jackson book series consists of five novels and two companion books, not to mention that the series has two spin-off series as well (the first one also starring Percy and Annabeth). Whoever gets cast as Percy and Annabeth more than anyone should be prepared for a long haul! The series has the potential to run as long as Law & Order: SVU!