Well, it’s official. After languishing in the development stages for a long time, Disney+ has officially ordered Percy Jackson and the Olympians for a first season. The announcement comes from book author Rick Riordan himself.
Riordan will be writing the series pilot, with James Bobin directing. They will also executive produce the series with Jon Steinberg, who will be overseeing the series with Dan Shotz. Production is slated to begin this summer, while casting for the main leads is currently underway. Riordan’s book was previously adapted as a film series, in 2010 and 2013, with Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, respectively.
Riordan had previously slammed the movies, saying that it was his “life’s work going through a meat grinder, when I pleaded with them (20th Century Fox) not to do it. So yeah. But it’s fine. All fine. We’re going to fix it soon.”
Bobin is a known force at Disney, having directed the 2011 reboot of The Muppets alongside its sequel, Muppets Most Wanted. He also directed Alice Through the Looking Glass and the first episode of The Mysterious Benedict Society. Jon Steinberg has co-created the FX series The Old Man while also producing Apple TV+’s See and Starz’s Black Sails, alongside Shotz.
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