Disney+ new Percy Jackson and the Olympians series started filming, a new post by the author Rick Riordan revealed. The author of the bestselling book series took to Instagram to post a new image from the set.
After much anticipation by fans, the Percy Jackson the universe is finally expanding. The new series is aimed at a general audience and specifically at tweens, teens and young adults. Leading the cast in the lead role would be 13-year-old Walker Sobell, who debuted alongside Ryan Reynolds in Netflix The Adam Project. In a previous post on his blog Riordan wrote, “It was obvious to me and the rest of the team that Walker had the perfect blend of comedic timing, sweetness, rebellion, snark and heroism to embody our hero. Percy Jackson.”
Along with fans, Riordan was also unhappy with the live-action versions of his characters in both. Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters. However, he is finally in control of the Disney + series. He co-wrote the pilot episode with Jon Steinberg (Black Sails) and also serves as the show’s executive producer. Steinberg with his producing partner, Dan Shotz will neglect the series.
President of Disney Branded TV Ayo Davis previously said in a statement: “With Rick, Jon and Dan leading our creative team, we are deeply committed to crafting a compelling television series worthy of the heroic mythological characters that millions of Percy Jackson readers know. ‘they are worth considering.” The new series will bring Greek mythology into the 21st century as the demigod Percy and his friends Grover and Annabeth travel beyond the mortal world to prevent a war of the gods.
The first season will be inspired by The Lightning Thief book and will have eight episodes. Accompanying Sobell to complete the trio will be Aryan Simhadri (cheaper by the dozen) playing the demigod Grover and Lea Sava Jeffries who will play Annabeth, the daughter of the Greek goddess Athena. At the moment, no release date has been set for Percy Jackson and the Olympians.
Here is the synopsis of the show:
The live-action series tells the fantastical story of a 12-year-old modern demigod, Percy Jackson, who has just come to terms with his new supernatural powers when the sky god Zeus accuses him of stealing his lightning master. Now Percy must cross America to find him and restore order to Olympus.
Take a look at Riordan’s post below:
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