Rick Riordan’s popular fantasy series for young adults, Percy Jackson, gets another shot of the live action treatment seven years after the release of the last film – this time as a Disney Plus series.
Riordan announced the project on TwitterThis gives a calming note to fans who were angry about the original filming of 20th Century Fox in 2010 and 2013: it wouldn’t end up like last time. Both Riordan and fans of the books who follow the demigod Percy Jackson on his journey across the country to find his Zeus̵
In a long blog post published in November 2018, Riordan repeated that when he “saw the final script and saw what they were doing on the set, he realized that I had to resign for my own peace of mind.” The author posted emails to producers asking them not to make Percy Jackson older (he’s 17 in the movies compared to 12 in the books), and he also expressed concern about the horrific writing and use vulgar language in the script.
Despite these problems, both Percy Jackson Films were sufficient at the box office. Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief generated $ 226.5 million in the world Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters bring in just under $ 200 million worldwide. These are not Marvel, DC or Harry Potter Numbers, but it was clear that the fans of the books were interested, even if they weren’t happy with the end product. In his announcement video about the new project, Riordan seemed confident that what was happening to the earlier films would not happen to the new Disney Plus series.
“We can’t say more at the moment, but we’re very excited about the idea of a live action series of the highest quality that follows the storyline of the original Percy Jackson Five-book series, starting with The Lightning Thief in the first season, ”Riordan tweeted in a follow-up statement. “Be assured that Becky & I will be personally involved in every aspect of the show.”
Like other authors (especially Alan Moore), Riordan quickly realized that he had no control over the tweak that 20th Century Fox wanted to make. When Disney acquired 21st Century Fox, Riordan noted that he was not against the idea that a new team should adjust the books. He noted in his blog that he would “like to advise and advise if they want me”. Ironically, two of the problems that Riordan had with the original films are simple solutions for Disney. The streaming service is aimed at a younger audience, so portraying Percy as a 12-year-old and not using a vulgar language is an easy win.
Percy Jackson is also another example of how Disney relies on its large Tentpole IP franchises to make Disney Plus originals. Beauty and the Beast, war of stars, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Monster Inc., High school musical, National treasure, and The mighty ducks are just a few of the other major films and franchises that Disney makes the original series. Now, due to the Fox acquisition, this IP catalog is larger than ever. Percy Jackson is now available for Disney, and while it may not work as a full-fledged live-action movie remake, a series helps build a subscriber base and keep viewers happy.