Filming on the new Disney+ series, “Percy Jackson and the Olympians,” is currently underway in Vancouver, Canada and will star Walker Scobell as Percy Jackson, along with Aryan Simhadri and Leah Sava Jeffries.
Based on Disney Hyperion’s best-selling book series by award-winning author Rick Riordan, “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” tells the fantastical story of a 12-year-old modern demigod, Percy Jackson, who’s just coming to terms with his newfound divine powers when the sky god Zeus accuses him of stealing his master lightning bolt. With help from his friends Grover and Annabeth, Percy must embark on an adventure of a lifetime to find it and restore order to Olympus.
The show’s creator Rick Riordan has recently shared an update on this blog about how filming is progressing on the new Disney+ series.
We are making good progress on season one! We have about three full months of filming to go, which means we’re pretty much exactly on schedule. The cast and crew are in good spirits, and the shots we see from the dailies continue to impress me. Becky and I are back in Boston for the time being, visiting our sons, doing some home maintenance, checking in on the pets, that sort of thing, but soon enough we will head back to Vancouver to join the gang at the studio. It really is a great bunch of people, and a happy place to work. The only hazard is that a certain Mr. Scobell sometimes likes to sneak up behind me in the producers’ tent and surprise me (he really is the perfect Percy) but so far I have not had a heart attack, so it’s all good.
He also shared some more details on the new Disney+ show:
So what’s the process from here? Well, in terms of content, we are about up to chapter sixteen in the book, though as I’ve shared before, we don’t film in strict chronological order. Once a ‘block’ of filming is complete (meaning the principal photography for two episodes) the director of that block begins piecing together the scenes into a director’s cut, choosing which takes they like best for each scene. They then send it to us, the producers, to do a producer’s cut (like a second draft) which eventually goes to the studio for approval. At each step, notes are given, improvements are discussed, changes are made. We have begun that process now for the first couple of episodes, though we have a ways to go. It really is incredible how different two cuts can be of the same episode. If you saw the original “Justice League,” then saw the Snyder cut, you have some idea what I’m talking about. It’s almost a completely different film, right? I have full input in everything that happens, and I have been delighted by the results so far. It’s a huge relief, after waiting so many years and working so hard, to watch a sort-of final product and think, “Oh, thank the gods. This works!”
When I say “final product,” these cuts are still very unfinished. None of the special effects have been added. The music is just placeholder music. We have to use our imagination to picture what the final episode will look like. That work, post production or just “post,” will take almost an entire year, from what I understand. Have you ever seen those T-shirts that say “We’ll fix it in post”? I now understand what that means.
Long story short? I am happy with this show, folks. And I think you will be too.
It does sound like the series is progressing well, but there is still a lot of work to do.
Rick Riordan and Jon Steinberg will serve as writers of the pilot, and James Bobin will direct. Steinberg will oversee the series with his producing partner Dan Shotz. Steinberg and Shotz serve as executive producers alongside Bobin, Riordan, Rebecca Riordan, Bert Salke, Monica Owusu-Breen, Jim Rowe, Anders Engström, Jet Wilkinson and The Gotham Group’s Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Jeremy Bell and D.J. Goldberg.
Are you looking forward to this new Disney+ series?
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.