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We are so thrilled to report that Netflix and The Jim Henson Company are developing a young adult animated series based on the highly popular web comic, “Lore Olympus” by Rachel Smythe.

If you’ve never seen Smythe’s gorgeous and wonderfully written webcomic, head to Webtoon and do so.

“Lore Olympus” by Rachel Smythe, photo courtesy of Webtoon.

The official synopsis of “Lore Olympus” reads:


“Witness what the gods do…after dark. The friendships and the lies, the gossip and the wild parties, and of course, forbidden love. Because it turns out, the gods aren’t so different from us after all, especially when it comes to their problems. Stylish and immersive, this is one of mythology’s greatest stories — The Taking of Persephone — as it’s never been told before.”


We don’t know a lot about the project yet, other than the assertation that it will be a YA (young adult) animated series. Executive Director of Television for The Henson Company Ashley Griffis said the official press release about the news:

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“At Henson, we love stories that inspire, both artistically and intellectually, and Webtoon’s Lore Olympus does both. Rachel Smythe’s new take on mythology and innovative design, with a unique female perspective, makes this project perfect for today’s young adults. The world of Lore Olympus is a welcome part of the Henson tradition of exceptional fantasy storytelling.”


Webtoon’s Senior Vice President of IP Development Taylor Grant said in the same release:

“We are thrilled to partner with The Jim Henson Company, a beloved brand known for its commitment to quality entertainment,” Grant said. “The combination of our tremendously successful IP along with the. creative expertise of The Jim Henson company provides an opportunity to deliver a unique animated series unlike any we’ve seen before. We are excited to expand the Lore Olympus universe and bring it to life for a whole new audience.”


We’ll of course let you know what we hear about this project, as it’s one of our absolute favorite webtoons currently out there.

Who would you want to hear voice Persephone? What about Hades? And of course- Minthe. Let us know in the comments!

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