Disney bosses gave Rick Riordan an update after their most recent meeting, and it looks like Percy Jackson and The Olympians are headed to Disney+.
Those who enjoy Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson novels have another promising update, as the author has shared some details about his upcoming meeting with Disney executives about their upcoming Percy Jackson and The Olympians series. After two so-so film adaptations of his young-adult fantasy novels, Disney execs met with him to discuss getting the ball rolling on a reboot of his Percy Jackson series.
Rick Riordan posted in a long update, read it whole below.
“We had a very positive conversation yesterday (Friday, Aug. 20) with the top executives at the various branches of the Disney television organization: Disney Entertainment, Disney TV, 20th Century Studios, and Disney+. This was the first time all of us had been in the same room (well, Zoom room) so we could make sure we were all getting the same information and sharing the same goals. Having everyone together to align our visions for the show was extremely helpful, and I think a lot of confusion was resolved (speaking for my own confused self, anyway!). The good news is: the leadership is “all in,” as they put it, about making this show and doing it right. A lot of them have kids who have grown up with Percy Jackson, too, so they get it. They get that there are millions and millions of you out there who are waiting excitedly to see Percy Jackson come to life in a new way. We felt supported and heard, and I am more confident than ever that this show is moving forward as it needs to. You all have made a difference. You always do. Showing up on social media, sharing your excitement for the show: Disney sees you. They have heard you and they want to do right by you Percy fans. That, for me, is priority one, so I am happy!”
Riordan still hasn’t confirmed that the series has gotten a green light, but as Riordan’s wife Becky reported last month, they are setting a writers room and Riordan himself stated that the execs were fully on board the pilot script he helped pen.
Joe Tracz just emailed. Joe (who you all know from @LTMusical ) noted that as luck would have it we are starting the writers room for #PercyJackson Season 1 on Annabeth’s #birthday! What is even more lucky is having Joe in the writer’s room! More gossip at the end of the week! pic.twitter.com/0AJfV70MW7— Becky Riordan (@camphalfblood) July 12, 2021
Both Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief and Sea of Monsters, the movies based on the novels, weren’t well received by fans, nor by Riordan. We have written an article about why did they stop making Percy Jackson movies, so check it out if you are curious.
Hopefully, the TV show will have much more freedom and follow novels more closely than movies are. In case they do, we will probably have a chance to see the adaptation of the whole Percy Jackson fantasy series.