One of the most anticipated Disney+ Original series currently in development is “Percy Jackson and The Olympians”.
The new fantasy series was officially announced during last years Investor Day event and recently Percy Jackson’s creator Rick Riordan took to his personal blog to give us an update on the series:
The writers’ room for PJOTV is working on outlines and scripts for the first half of the first season, which is what we need to get approved before our official “green light.” The hope is to have those done shortly after the New Year, but that is just my own estimation. It is not an official date. Assuming that happens (and I think it will) things should start to move into full production mode in the spring, including casting, and filming could begin as soon as next summer 2022. Again, this is simply my own best guess right now. You should not take that as the final word!
Even before we get that green light, however, we are forging ahead with the assumption that this show will get made. The writing for the first season, which follows the plot of The Lightning Thief, is sketched out from start to finish and the writers are doing a terrific job putting everything into script format. We meet for two hours almost every day (via Zoom) I am involved in every conversation, every draft. Even though we are basing everything on the novel, there is still a ton of work to do turning this into a TV show. As I’ve shared with you before, it’s like using the Star Trek transporter to break down the story on a molecular level, send it across space, then reassemble it on the surface of an alien planet and hope it looks the same! The team we have in place is so good though, I’m feeling optimistic. We are also moving ahead on numerous fronts for pre-production, like locking in concept artists, VFX producers, line directors, and all those important people who work behind the scenes to make the show a reality.
Percy Jackson’s creator Rick Riordan is very open about the creative process on the series and this is helping keep expectations at bay, especially with those who are expecting the series to arrive on Disney+ soon. With filming possibly not taking place until late next year, due to the special effect requirements, the show won’t arrive until 2023 at the earliest. But its good to hear the jigsaw is slowly being put together on the series.
Are you looking forward to the new “Percy Jackson” series?