Percy Jackson and the Olympians was a popular book series aimed towards teenagers and young adults published between 2005 – 2009. The series was written by Rick Riordan and revolved around young Percy Jackson, half greek god and son of Poseidon. Upon learning about his origin he encounters the worlds of both Greek and Roman mythology (Yes, they establish them as two separate factions) as he fulfills his destiny as a hero like Heracles, Jason and many more.
Disney has announced via their Twitter that a brand new series, based on the popular novels, will be coming to Disney Plus with the Author:
So you’re probably wondering how Disney got the rights to this series? Well first off the books were first published under Miramax Books (which at the time was owned by Disney) during its first edition and then began being published under Disney-Hyperion after Miramax Books folded.
Then of course there was the short lived live action film series by 20th Century Fox. The first film, Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lighting Thief, released in 2010 and did well financially despite mixed critical reception. The second film, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, released in 2013 and also did well financially but received a more negative reception and the series ended prematurely. Due to Disney acquiring 20th Century Fox in 2019 they have also acquired the film/television rights to the series.
It will be interesting to see how Disney will adapt this series. Of course fans of the series have wanted a continuation for nearly 10 years so hopefully they will finally be able to get the complete story of the mighty young hero.
The news of the Percy Jackson revival has also sparked some interest from fans of the Inheritance Cycle, hoping Disney will adapt that into a series for Disney Plus as well. Only time will tell.
Are you excited to see Percy Jackson return?
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