Rick Riordan, American author of the popular Percy Jackson series for young adults, announced Thursday that he and wife Becky were at work on a live-action series for streaming platform Disney+.
“After a lot of hard work and a lot of support from you guys, Percy Jackson is coming to Disney Plus,” the pair announced in a brief video published on Twitter. “More later.”
They added in an additional statement: “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 story line of the original Percy Jackson five-book series, starting with The Lightning Thief in season one. Rest assured that Becky and I will be involved in person in every aspect of the show.”
The first of the five-book fantasy-adventure fiction series, The Lightning Thief, arrived on the scene in 2005 to broad acclaim. Sequels soon followed like clockwork: The Sea of Monsters (2006), The Titan’s Curse (2007), The Battle of the Labryrinth (2008), The Last Olympian (2009). The entire series, officially called Percy Jackson and the Olympians, loosely draws from Greek mythology and has sold tens of millions of copies worldwide.
The core series, published by Disney Hyperion in the U.S. and Penguin/Puffin in the U.K., Australia, and New Zealand, has been supplemented by additional companion books as well as adaptations of the original stories for the screen and the stage alike. The film adaptations alone—2010’s The Lightning Thief and 2013’s The Sea of Monsters—grossed more than $400 million in box office sales worldwide despite middling reviews.
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