Last month, Rick Riordan, author of the popular Percy Jackson book series, announced on Twitter that a live-action series was in development for Disney+. At that time, no other details were given, but the author recently provided an update on Twitter which you can see below:
We’re in the very earliest stages of #PercyJacksonDisneyPlus. I’m still working on the pilot script outline atm. WAY too soon for info on casting or anything else. BUT I am in the room where it happens, to quote the great @Lin_Manuel, & will do my utmost to make you guys proud.
— Rick Riordan (@rickriordan) June 15, 2020
No other details or casting information was given, but fans were happy to hear the project has entered into the early stages of production.
The series will reportedly follow the story line of the five-book series starting with “The Lightning Thief” which centers on a teenager who discovers he’s the descendant of a Greek god and sets out on an adventure to settle an on-going battle between the gods. It will be produced by Fox 21 TV Studios.
20th Century Fox adapted the first two books of the Percy Jackson series into a series of films. The first film, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, was directed by Chris Columbus and was released in 2010. The second film, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, was directed by Thor Freudenthal and was released in 2013. The series has grossed nearly $430 million at the worldwide box office.
Riordan’s books have been translated into 42 languages and sold more than 30 million copies in the US.