Based on the first of several books by Rick Riordan, Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, wasn’t exactly a runaway hit. But it also wasn’t a great failure. And in the Great Void that will soon be left in the film landscape when the Harry Potter series ends next month, a new teen-centric series will have a chance to step up and take dominance. Can that be Percy Jackson?
We don’t know if the series will have staying power enough to adapt all five books in the first Percy Jackson novel series, much less the emerging sequel series, the second book of which will be published this year. But Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (Ed Wood) were hired to write a sequel earlier this year, and now Thor Freudenthal (Hotel For Dogs, Diary of a Wimpy Kid) has been hired to direct, taking over where Chris Columbus left off with the first film. Read More »
Let’s imagine for a moment that all of Hollywood exists in a universe written by Stephen King. It’s an awkward metaphor, I know, but we only need it for a minute. Because in one corner of Hollywood there is a veritable Pet Sematary full of would-be youth lit franchise openers — films intended as the first chapter in series that were never meant to be. City of Ember, The Golden Compass and Lemony Snicket come to mind; there are many more. Percy Jackson looked ready to be buried back there, but now it seems that ol’ Percy could be this metaphor’s Gage Creed, rising with glowing red evil eyes to menace the hapless inhabitants of a Maine town all over again.
OK, let’s ditch the terrible metaphor and just cut to it: while it looked as if Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief might not kickstart a series when released last year, there is word that Fox 2000 is now actively developing a film based on The Sea of Monsters, the second novel in Rick Riordan‘s series of books about young Olympians. Read More »