Recently, Rick Riordan revealed that he was working on a feature film adaptation of his brand new book, “Daughter Of The Deep”, for Disney+.

“Daughter Of The Deep” is about Ana Dakkar, who is a freshman at Harding-Pencroft Academy, a five-year high school that graduates the best marine scientists, naval warriors, navigators, and underwater explorers in the world. Ana’s parents died while on a scientific expedition two years ago, and the only family she’s got left is her older brother, Dev, also a student at HP. Ana’s freshman year culminates with the class’s weekend trial at sea, the details of which have been kept secret. She only hopes she has what it’ll take to succeed. All her worries are blown out of the water when, on the bus ride to the ship, Ana and her schoolmates witness a terrible tragedy that will change the trajectory of their lives.

But wait, there’s more. The professor accompanying them informs Ana that their rival school, Land Institute, and Harding-Pencroft have been fighting a cold war for a hundred and fifty years. Now that cold war has been turned up to a full boil, and the freshmen are in danger of becoming fish food. In a race against deadly enemies, Ana will make amazing friends and astounding discoveries about her heritage as she puts her leadership skills to the test for the first time.

In a recent blog post, Rick revealed some new details on the upcoming Disney+ film.

Becky and I had some great meetings with our partners on our various adaptation projects this past week. First exciting news: We got to sit down in person for the first time with my co-writer for the upcoming Disney+ feature film adaptation for Daughter of the Deep, Aditi Brennan Kapil.

An accomplished playwright and screenwriter, Aditi brings a wealth of talent, experience and personal insight to this project. Becky and I knew right away she was the best writer for this adaptation, and getting to meet her in person only confirmed our confidence. Aditi has previously worked on “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan” for Amazon, “Away” for Netflix, and “American Gods” for Starz. Her award-winning plays include “Orange,” “Imogen Says Nothing” and “The Displaced Hindu Gods Trilogy.” We will be equal partners on this screenplay, and I am thrilled to work with her to bring Ana Dakkar’s story to the screen! The last of the rights contracts should be finished up soon, at which point we can get down to work. As soon as I can announce more, I will. Once you’ve read the book, though, be thinking: Who would you like to see cast in the roles for Daughter of the Deep?


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Roger Palmer

Roger has been a Disney fan since he was a kid and this interest has grown over the years. He has visited Disney Parks around the globe and has a vast collection of Disney movies and collectibles. He is the owner of What's On Disney Plus & DisKingdom. Email: Twitter: Facebook:

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