Back when Harry Potter was all the rage and studios were snatching up every young adult fantasy book series they could get their hands on, 20th Century Fox launched Percy Jackson as a film franchise. It wasn’t quite as successful as the likes of Chronicles of Narnia, but it stood out from the rest of the pack. However, following the release of Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, the sequel Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters saw a lower box office turnout, and the series was seemingly abandoned. But now that Fox is under the Disney banner, Percy Jackson is about to be revived in the form of a Disney+ series. Read More »
What a time it is to be a musical inspired by Greek myths centering awkward mortal demigods! This year, Broadway offered an invigorating Eurydice and Orpheus take in Hadestown and The Public Theater gifted Central Park with a refreshingly scrappy, New York-tailored take on Disney’s Hercules. Then along comes The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical at the Longacre Theater after a national tour run.
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There are a bunch of new posters this week, and easily the most striking of the bunch is the painted image for The Wolfman, created by legendary Famous Monsters of Filmland cover artist Basil Gogos. CHUD got the image as an exclusive; you can see part of it above, and click through for the full thing. It’s not my favorite Gogos by a stretch, but like his best paintings it is grotesquely colorful in a way that points a direct line to the cinematography in films like Suspiria. The fact that Universal got him to work with their remake is a great thing.
After the break, the poster for Kevin Smith‘s Cop Out, a new domestic poster for Mother, character sheets for Percy Jackson and The Crazies, and a great poster for a tiny, weird Danish post-apocalyptic Western called Connected. Read More »
UPDATE: As it turns out, this was the international version of the third trailer, but the domestic cut is now online. It shows off more action, and is in better resolution, to boot. (So what I thought was Cerberus is revealed to be a hydra, for example.) The film also looks a lot more chintzy in this version of the trailer. Too bad about that; most of the interest the international version generated in me was dispelled by the domestic. Look for the embed below, original article follows.
We’ve already seen a couple of trailers for the Chris Columbus adaptation of the book Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief. (Here and here.) But this third one for Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, as the film is called, finally starts to put it all out there. It gives up the nature of the main character, Percy Jackson, who is the son of Poseidon, shows off some of his enemies as he learns about his Olympian heritage, and finally reveals Uma Thurman, as this film’s version of Medusa. Catch it all after the break. Read More »