Last month, it was announced that Disney+ had ordered “Percy Jackson and the Olympians,” an epic adventure series based on Disney Hyperion’s best-selling book series by award-winning author Rick Riordan with more than 180 million books in print globally.
Riordan and Jon Steinberg (“Black Sails,” FX’s upcoming “The Old Man”) will write the pilot with James Bobin (“The Mysterious Benedict Society,” “Dora and the Lost City of Gold”) directing. Steinberg will oversee the series with his producing partner Dan Shotz. Steinberg and Shotz serve as executive producers 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. The Disney Branded Television series is produced by 20th Television. Casting is underway.
Riordan updated his blog recently to update fans on casting news and filming locations for the series.
During a trip to L.A., Riordan, and his wife Becky sat in on some in-person chemistry read auditions. You can read what he said about the process below:
On Saturday, we headed to the Disney Studios in Burbank for some in-person chemistry read auditions for Percy Jackson. This means we brought together different combinations of young actors we had identified as interesting candidates for the roles of Percy, Annabeth and Grover, and had them read through scenes together to see how they interacted. It was informative and exciting, and though we have come to no decisions yet, the process is moving along well. Seeing these actors taking on the roles in person made me appreciate once again just how talented and capable middle school kids can be when given a chance to shine. They were all amazing. Special shoutout to our casting director Denise Chamian and her team, who did an incredible job putting the auditions together, and our director James Bobin, who directed the kids through their scene work. I wish I had had a drama teacher like James when I was twelve!
The two also visited Mammoth Studios in Vancouver where filming on the new Disney+ series is set to begin June 1st
The Percy Jackson production crew has just moved in to one part of this enormous complex, and construction has begun on the stages we will use. We are right next door to the production for Shogun, so I am hoping at some point we can stage a gigantic lunchtime battle between our demigods and their samurai.
After touring the stages, we explored the Percy production offices, where prep work is underway for the show. We met our costume designer Tish Monaghan, who was reading through the illustrated Lightning Thief to brainstorm for costume ideas (good move!) and Dan Hennah, our production designer, whose team is busy creating the visual world in which Percy will travel. His office walls are covered with beautiful artwork of places you would recognize from The Lightning Thief: Mount Olympus, the Underworld, Aunty Em’s, Sally Jackson’s apartment, and many more, all done in a way that is true to the story, but also fresh and exciting. Dan Hennah, by the way, is from New Zealand, and spent the past few decades working on the Lord of the Rings with Peter Jackson, so Dan knows a few things about bringing magical worlds to life.
You can read Riordan’s entire blog entry here.
A release date has not been announced yet for “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” but Season 1 which will reportedly consist of 8 episodes, is expected to debut on Disney+ sometime in 2023.
Source: Rick Riordan Blog