Disney recently announced that the adaptation of Rick Riordan’s pentalogy of fantasy novels — Percy Jackson & the Olympians — is officially in development as a Disney+ show. Author of the novels Rick Riordan is also involved with the project, as he serves as the writer of the pilot episode and the executive producer on the project.
This isn’t the first time that Percy Jackson novels are getting an adaptation. In 2010, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief was released. The movie received mixed reviews, and the same thing happened to Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, which was released in 2013. Riordan revealed that he wanted to do this project because he felt like he needs to try one more time for the fans. The third time’s the charm, right?
Although development is still in early stages, and casting is underway, the author of the novels wrote on his website how is the development going. Full quote 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.” — Rick Riordan
A former teacher turned best-selling author, Riordan has a spectacular record of success and is the #1 author at Disney Hyperion. In 2016, he and Disney Hyperion launched the Rick Riordan Presents imprint with the ongoing goal to find, nurture, and promote diverse and under-represented authors of mythology-based fiction for middle grade readers.