It’s official ‘Demigods’: Percy Jackson is coming to streaming, and Rick Riordan has a message for fans
Although news about a potential Percy Jackson the potentially Disney+-headed series has been a hot topic in recent months – former franchise star Alexandra Daddario even weighed in – it was only this morning that a possible series became official, official. Considering the franchise’s fan base spans both the big screen and the popular book series about the character, his cohorts, and a whole heap of mythology, it’s only natural that author Rick Riordan made a big deal out of it. the announcement.
In fact, the prolific author took to YouTube to share the news with his “demi-gods”, i.e. his fans. I read all of it Percy Jackson books and I had no idea “Demigods” was a thing, but it makes perfect sense and is a pretty solid fandom name, if I do say so myself. You can check out the full post straight from the author’s mouth, below.
According to the author, “the wait is over” for the new series, as Riordan and Disney+ announced today that Percy Jackson officially arrives. The company also dropped some details about the new project. Riordan and black sails‘ Jon Steinberg will write the pilot episode for the new streaming series, for his part. After Disney greenlighted the show, James Bobin was also hired to direct the pilot episode.
Casting has just started for the streaming show, so we don’t have a giant announcement on that yet, but it feels like a reimagining of the books and something distinct from what the movies did.
This is particularly remarkable given that 20th Century Fox ultimately produced only two of the Percy Jackson and the Olympian the franchise books and Rick Riordan didn’t have a particularly positive relationship with the studio when they were made, unlike what seems to be happening here. There’s a ton of source material in the books, so there’s enough possible storytelling for multiple seasons on Disney+ if the show finds fans. The House of Mouse acquired the series as part of its acquisition of Fox, which was completed in 2019.
Of course, the idea of a new series is not new. Disney+ has mentioned it in its plans since at least May 2020, and we’ve already looked at everything we hope the Percy Jackson the series explores, some of which we hope are different from what the movies have attempted. Rick Riordan has previously addressed the delays, noting that Percy Jackson is planned to be a “massive project” and the foundlings streaming network wanted to make sure he got it right.
Rick Riordan has shared more updates on the status of the series along the way, and it’s only fitting that he’s the person to announce its launch. Still, we should expect it to take a little longer to get the cast together and move forward with filming. But the good news is that it’s a green light, it’s official and fans don’t need to speculate on what’s to come anymore, because there should only be good and concrete news related to the game. ‘project progress.