Rick Riordan’s demigods got a huge update on the upcoming Percy Jackson series, providing a first look before postproduction for Disney Plus. On the business-verified Twitter account of Percy Jackson, they posted a tweet with an attached video featuring lead actor Walker Scobell going underwater, showing the sign that the shoot has wrapped up. In the last seconds of the video, Scobell gets another sign saying, ‘SEND HELP!’
After years in development and months in principal photography, now the series is about to enter the post-production process. The production has only stated that the series will be available in Disney Plus sometime in 2024. Thus, a lot of ‘cinemagic’ is going to happen until demigods old and new get to see Riordan’s series.
First Look Of Walker Scobell As Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson
Many book fans are already looking forward to this series as the author himself is closely involved in its development. For one thing, the main trio of the cast has the right age as they are in the books. They are at the age the author wrote them in for the books. Completing the main trio with Scobell is Leah Jeffries as Annabeth Chase and Aryan Simhadri as Grover Underwood.
During the latter months of 2022 and up to recently, the author announced his Olympians. Lance Reddick portrays Zeus, Toby Stephens as Poseidon, Adam Copeland as Ares, and Jay Duplass as Hades. With them is Timothy Omundson as Hephaestus, Lin-Manuel Miranda as Hermes and many, many more.
Together with the announcement of Zeus and Poseidon, the author revealed that the production is in a very good position for a season two. This is further hinted at the very sign Scobell held up in the video stating:
That’s a wrap! PJO Season 1
If they are already calling it ‘Season 1’ then that means they are already on track for Season 2.
Fans highly expect underwater scenes for Percy Jackson, considering that his father is the Greek god of the sea. Naturally, it’s during the first book of the series that Percy gets to discover his abilities with water.
Many challenges and adventures await the half-bloods. In the first book The Lightning Thief, the gods already show less than benevolent personalities as some Greek myths depict them to be. Percy Jackson discovers that monsters such as Furies, Gorgons, specifically Medusa, Echidna, and the Chimera, are very real.
If anything, these are the very reasons why post-production will take the rest, if not more, than the current year.
Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson Shows Walker Scobell Underwater
Percy Jackson and the Olympians have a total of five published books in the series, with an upcoming new entry this September with the title Percy Jackson and the Chalice of the Gods. With Season 1 likely to use The Lightning Thief as its story source, everything could possibly adapt to one season for every book of the series.
Adapting Riordan’s books into Disney Plus series would be a better medium. Considering the series had its first live-action adaptation through the 2010 and 2013 movies, the big screen wasn’t able to deliver the vision that the author would have wanted. Both movies starred Logan Lerman as Percy, Brandon T. Jackson as Grover and Alexandra Daddario as Annabeth.
During its release, the movies were often compared to the Harry Potter series. Even on Rotten Tomatoes, some comments even say it is a ‘would-be Potter’ or ‘knockoff’. Despite its low-to-mid rating from critics and audience response, both movies totalling $185M, generated a worldwide box office of $424M. It’s just that the decline in sales from the first to the second dissolved all plans to continue the series.
Many have said that it’s quite difficult to compress the whole book into a 2-hour movie. Perhaps, the upcoming series will truly bring justice to the literary collection. IMDb lists Jonathan E. Steinberg, who was the showrunner for The Old Man and Black Sails, as the showrunner for the upcoming series on Disney Plus.
James Bobin of 2014 Muppets Most Wanted, Anders Engström of 2019-2022 television series See and Jet Wilkinson of 2022 The Old Man and First Kill direct two episodes each.
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