Percy Jackson is making his small-screen debut with a Disney+ series order for Percy Jackson and the Olympians. The series comes from Rick Riordan, author of the original book series, and Jon Steinberg, co-creator of the upcoming show The Old Man, and creator of Black Sails. The two will write the pilot, with James Bobin (Alice Through the Looking Glass, Dora and the Lost City of Gold) directing. Casting is currently underway, ahead of a summer production start time.
The books told the story of Percy, a 12-year-old modern demigod who is coming to terms with his newfound, inexplicable abilities. When he is accused by Zeus of stealing his master lightning bolt, Percy find the real thief and return the lightning bolt to Olympus. The YA fantasy novels were previously adapted to film with Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief in 2010 and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters in 2013, starring Logan Lerman in the title role.
President of Disney Branded Television Ayo Davis stated, “With Rick Riordan, Jon Steinberg and Dan Shotz leading our creative team, we’re deep into creating a compelling TV series worthy of the heroic mythological characters that millions of Percy Jackson readers know are well-worth caring about, and we’re eager to invite Disney+ audiences into stories that are true to the blockbuster franchise and full of anticipation, humour, surprise, and mystery.”
Riordan also wrote in a statement that, “We can’t say much more at this stage but we are very excited about the idea of a live-action series of the highest quality, following the storyline of the original Percy Jackson five-book series, starting with The Lightning Thief in season one. Rest assured that Becky [Riordan] & I will be involved in person in every aspect of the show.”
It’s expected that Percy Jackson and the Olympians will begin airing sometime in 2023.