Ever since Rick Riordan and Disney+ first announced that a Percy Jackson and the Olympians TV show was in the works, fans of the book series have been waiting with bated breath for any kind of information about the adaptation. Can you blame us? We know these things take a long time, but we’ve been burned before. This series has the potential to inspire a truly great adaptation, but the movies were downright awful and the musical was just okay.
Thankfully, author Rick Riordan seems to understand our concerns. In his June update, Riordan updated fans on the show’s progress. Apparently, in person meetings are finally happening! From his blog post:
While in LA, we got to meet our show runners for PJOTV for the first time in person, after working together for a year and a half via Zoom. That was definitely a highlight of the trip! We also had a nice lunch with the folks from the TV studio and a dinner with our agent and producing partners at Gotham Group. Everyone is excited and enthusiastic about the project.
Riordan also admitted that there’s little he can say right now, because casting can’t really start until a director has been found. He listed the criteria for a new director, and I have to say it’s very reassuring. It sounds like they’re looking for someone who can work with child actors and who “knows, loves and understands the Percy Jackson source material.”
I can’t stress enough how nice it is to hear that the author is involved in this adaptation, and that everyone involved is committed to creating something that captures the heart and soul of the books. This show has the potential to be so, so good.
How are you feeling about this adaptation? Is there a particular director you’d like to see them hire? Do you have a fancast? Let us know in the comments or on social media!