After months and months of talk, author Rick Riordan announced on January 25, 2022, that his beloved book series Percy Jackson and the Olympians was officially coming to Disney+ as a brand new original series.
The announcement was shared over Twitter which you can watch below, saying:
“The wait is over, demigods! 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. The smart folks at Disney+ have given us the green light, and the best part is James Bobin is on board as our pilot director.”
— Disney D23 (@DisneyD23) January 25, 2022
Riordan’s young adult adventure-fantasy series was first brought to life by 20th Century Fox, now Disney-owned 20th Century Studios. With Logan Lerman taking on the marquee role, Fox adapted the first two books, The Lightning Thief and Sea of Monsters. The movies received a lackluster reaction from the fans of the series and the author himself, and all further adaptations of the series were stopped.
Then, the demigods got a sign of hope as Riordan admitted to being in discussions with Disney on creating a series or movie based on his books. It now seems that those talks were indeed successful.
Percy Jackson and the Olympians is a Greek mythology-influenced coming of age story centered around Percy Jackson, a kid who discovers that he is the son of the Greek god Poseidon and has inherited his dad’s powers as a demigod (half-god, half-human). The series consists of five books: The Lightning Thief, Sea of Monsters, The Titan’s Curse, The Battle of the Labyrinth, and The Last Olympian.
The synopsis of The Lightning Thief reads as follows:
Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson is on the most dangerous quest of his life. With the help of a satyr and a daughter of Athena, 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. Most of all, he must come to terms with a father he has never known, and an Oracle that has warned him of betrayal by a friend.
At this time, it is unclear how the series will be structured–whether they plan to do one book a season, or episode, etc. But we at Disney Fanatic will work to keep our readers up-to-date as more exciting information about this new series comes forward.