Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Beloved Book Series Comes to Disney+
The Percy Jackson and the Olympians book series is officially being adapted into a television show for Disney+. Fans of the beloved series can rejoice as author Rick Riordan made the announcement in May 2020, stating that the show will bring a faithful on-screen adaptation of Percy Jackson’s world to life.
A Fan-driven Adaptation
For the past decade, fans have fervently championed for a faithful on-screen adaptation of Percy Jackson. Their dedication and enthusiasm have not gone unnoticed by Rick Riordan, who acknowledged their efforts and expressed his appreciation for their suggestions in a heartfelt video posted on his website. Riordan mentioned that many fans had suggested a Disney+ series adaptation, and he wholeheartedly agreed.
Introduction to Percy Jackson Series
Percy Jackson and the Olympians is a five-book series that was originally published between 2005 and 2009. The series follows the adventures of a 12-year-old demigod named Percy Jackson, who discovers that he is the son of the Greek God Poseidon. With his newfound knowledge, Percy embarks on a journey filled with thrilling quests, mythical creatures, and encounters with gods and goddesses of ancient mythology.
Previous Film Adaptations
Prior to the upcoming Disney+ series, the Percy Jackson books were adapted into two films. The first film, titled “Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief,” was released in 2010 and starred Logan Lerman as Percy Jackson, Brandon T. Jackson as Grover Underwood, and Alexandra Daddario as Annabeth Chase. The second film, “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters,” came out in 2013 and continued the adventures of the demigod trio.
Criticism and a Second Chance
The previous film adaptations of the Percy Jackson series received mixed reactions from fans and even author Rick Riordan himself. Many fans felt that the movies did not do justice to the rich and detailed world that Riordan had created in his books. In an interview with The Guardian in October 2020, Riordan acknowledged the criticisms and stated that he and his wife, Becky Riordan, felt they owed it to the fans to give the screen adaptation another try.