By: Bianca Velasquez
It has been 12 years since the release of Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief and if you’ve been a fan all these years you would know that there is a reboot in the making on Disney+.
A lot of details are still under wraps but SEA Wave has listed down some scoops on what we can expect on this fresh take on the popular demigod!
The Percy Jackson series follows the titular young demigod, a son of Poseidon and of a mundane mother, who is trying to navigate through life as he enters a new realm that he did not know existed. He faces countless battles, challenges, and adventures together with his trusted, fellow Camp Half-Blood, demigod companions.
Rick Riordan, wrote and released five novels; “The Lightning Thief”, “Sea of Monsters”, “The Titan’s Curse”, “The Battle of the Labyrinth,” and “The Last Olympian” and two companion books; “The Demigod Files” and “The Demigod Diaries”. As we all know, the first attempt in transforming these books into a movie stopped at the second novel, which combined elements from the last three novels. Given this, the author hopes that Disney will commit a budget similar to “Wandavision” and “The Mandalorian” according to Looper, in order to make his visions of all five novels come to life. The decision to make one series per novel or squeeze all novels into one limited series is still to be decided on.
Last April, the hunt for the next Percy Jackson ended when Rick Riordan himself announced on his blog that the main character will be portrayed by Walker Scobell whom you may recognize from the Netflix film “The Adam Project”. Last May, they announced the completion of their main cast with the actor and actress playing Grover and Annabeth. Aryan Simhadri, known for his role in the Disney+ reboot of Cheaper by the Dozen, will be playing Grover, the satyr who is half human, half goat. On the other hand, Leah Sava Jeffries, known for her roles in Empire and Rel, will be playing Annabeth, a Greek demigod, the daughter of Athena.
Filming reportedly began last June 2022 with the possibility that we can start to see glimpses of this series by the end of 2022 or early 2023. The movie adaptations of “The Lightning Thief” and “Sea of Monsters” received numerous and inconsistent reviews from both critics and the fandom of Percy Jackson so I believe I speak for both parties that we are looking forward to see what actions have been taken to ensure the authenticity of Rick Riordan’s vision.