Last year it was announced that a new Disney+ series based on the popular book series “Percy Jackson and The Olympians” was being made and just this past week, the team behind the upcoming “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” met with the top executives at Disney Entertainment, 20th Century Studios, Disney TV and Disney+ to discuss the new series over multiple virtual meetings.
Percy Jackson’s creator Rick Riordan took to his personal blog to give us an update on the series, including letting us know why the support of the fans is making all of this possible.
The good news is: the leadership is “all in,” as they put it, about making this show and doing it right. A lot of them have kids who have grown up with Percy Jackson, too, so they get it. They get that there are millions and millions of you out there who are waiting excitedly to see Percy Jackson come to life in a new way. We felt supported and heard, and I am more confident than ever that this show is moving forward as it needs to. You all have made a difference. You always do. Showing up on social media, sharing your excitement for the show: Disney sees you. They have heard you and they want to do right by you Percy fans. That, for me, is priority one, so I am happy!
There was plenty more information revealed, giving us a clear idea of how long it will be we see this series on Disney+, should the series get the go, ahead, as the series hasn’t yet been given the green light, but by the sounds of things, it won’t be too long till that happens. Rick explained the process :
Caveat, as usual: We still do not have an official green light. I did not expect that from this meeting. We do, however, have clear marching orders about what the execs need to see from us in order to grant that green light, and we are working to get them those materials. Again, this is all totally reasonable. This is a BIG show, and everybody needs to be sure we have our plans in excellent order before we hit the accelerator. In the meantime, we are all moving ahead with the assumption that this show will get made. The writers’ room has sketched out the first season episode by episode, scene by scene so we can start talking about creature work and production design while we work on getting the rest of the scripts for the season finished. (That job will take months still.) We are beginning to discuss locations for filming. We are close, I think, to having a deal with our pilot director. I would not be surprised if we can start talking about next steps in the casting process fairly soon, but I can’t give you anything certain on that front. We talked about a lot of super exciting possibilities in terms of how and where this show will be made, but nothing is set in stone yet, so I can’t say anything else right now.
With fan excitement about this series at a fever pitch, it’s important that Uncle Rick keeps fans in check, so they understand that the show still hasn’t been given the go-ahead, so could still not happen (though I’d imagine Disney wouldn’t have been so public about it if they had any issues).
One of the other main takeaways from this latest update, is that its going to be a couple more years before we see anything on Disney+. Setting fans expectations to a realistic level. Rick went onto explain:
Bottom line: This is good news. We still have a lot of work ahead of us, and you all will still have a long time to wait, but Percy is a step closer to the adaptation we all want. I had mentioned at one point, maybe a year ago, that the absolutely most optimistic guess I could give you about when this show might air would be 2022. That was, as I suspected, too optimistic. Right now, we are aiming for 2023 delivery. which I think is realistic, but this is my own personal estimate and should not be taken as a firm date. A lot of things have to happen before we can even start filming! The best I can tell you is that Becky and I will stay involved at every step of the process, and we would rather do this right than rush to do it quickly.
It’s going to be a while until we find out more on this series, but are you excited for this new potential huge series for Disney+?