The upcoming “Percy Jackson & The Olympians” Disney+ series is slowly yet surely coming along. Earlier this week, it was revealed that the writer’s room began and now we have more updates to share regarding the outcome.
Rick Riordan, who is the author of the book series, confirmed on his blog the showrunners and additional writers who have been added to the project. Jonathan E. Steinberg, who was previously confirmed as a writer and Dan Shotz (Black Sails, Jericho) are on board as showrunners.
Jon and Dan bring an enormous amount of experience and talent to our project, and have been incredible, patient partners over the last year+ as Becky and I navigated our way through the early stages of the production process. (Plus they both have young readers at home who are Percy fans, and are even more insistent than I am about making the show like the books, so hooray!)
Additional writers include Daphne Olive, who has worked with Steinberg and Shots on Black Sails, Monica Owusu-Breen (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Alias), and Joe Tracz (A Series of Unfortunate Events). Also part of the mix of assistants are Xavier Stiles (Hemlock Grove), Zoë Neary (Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency), and Stewart Strandberg (The Old Man).
Riordan also shared that he and Steinberg have already co-written the pilot episode tentatively titled “The Bible.”
Previously, Jon and I had co-written the script for the pilot episode, the series “bible,” and the outline of the first season (and a bit of sketching out the following seasons, assuming all goes well, of course). That work took the better part of a year, along with putting together a lot of other preliminary pieces for the show behind the scenes (a process that was complicated and slowed down considerably by Covid, as you can imagine). Now, the goal of the writers’ room will be to create the scripts for the remaining episodes of season one. At present, we are talking through outlines for episodes two and three. I can’t stress enough how great it is to work with a team that gets the spirit of PJO, and also brings new perspectives and new writing talent to the story. I am not the type to cut open a teddy bear and read the stuffing for signs of the future, but if I did, I think the auguries would be very favorable.
The team is still waiting for an official order from Disney+ which should come shortly and they are currently on the hunt for a director. Once the series is greenlit, production and casting will begin soon after.
The Percy Jackson series is set to follow the storyline of the five books starting with The Lightening Thief which centers around a teenager who discovers that he is a descendent of a Greek God. The series will then take on a new book for every season.
A release date has not been announced yet, but Season 1 which will consist of 8 episodes is expected to debut on Disney+ sometime in 2022.