Electrifying News: New Percy Jackson TV Series



Percy Jackson and the Olympians: a thrilling and new rendition of the old, matured story.

Just about every fan that I can think of has put down the Percy Jackson movies in some way.

Everyone recollects the movies, but never in a positive light.  Much of the fandom would rather pretend that these movies never existed in the first place than acknowledge their release. Many people were convinced that after its failure, we could not expect the series to be adapted again. However, it has already been announced that it would be adapted into a series with major changes to the previous methods. Disney+ is adapting Percy Jackson and the Olympians into a TV series. 

For context, the popular Greek mythology series is well known across the globe for its action scenes, characters, and knowledge. Percy Jackson follows the story of a twelve-year-old boy that realizes he is a demigod as he is the son of Poseidon. On his journey as the newest member of Camp Half-Blood with the rest of the known demigods, he joins his friends, Annabeth Chase and Grover Underwood, to bring peace to Mount Olympus’s discord despite the treachery, risks, and consequences that it might entail. Rick Riordan’s series has often been compared to works such as Harry Potter, and despite being released in 2005, it remains a prominent and current piece of literature for new and old fans across the globe. 

With the number of fans present, the addition of the new series is expected to gain a giant fanbase if done well. Unlike the movies, the newest TV series will be under the direction of its creator. Riordan has shown heavy interest in how to properly capture the essence of the novel in the series itself. This includes choosing the location, the storylines (if any edits are to be made), and the cast. 

Based on the latest news, we know that the show will be filmed in Vancouver later this year. Much of the cast is to be announced as auditions continue, but the main trio has already been announced. Unlike the movies, the cast will be of the age of the characters that are in the series, so instead of having a 20-year-old Percy, we have a 12-year-old Percy. The Adam Project’s cast member, Walker Scobell, will be playing Percy. Aryan Simhadri from Disney Channel’s Spin and Empire’s, Leah Sava Jeffries, will be playing Grover and Annabeth. Despite the amount of backlash that has been received by fans due to the characters not matching the descriptions from the novels, Riordan firmly believes that casting is done for talent rather than to match descriptions. Based on their acting experience in past roles, I would also say that these cast members will make an outstanding trio if done well. 

The series will air next year although the specific date has not yet been mentioned. Regardless of where you are at in the series, I highly recommend giving it a watch once the series begins to air!