Rick Riordan Updates on Disney+’s Upcoming “Percy Jackson” Series

It’s been a while since we heard anything about Disney+’s upcoming adaptation of Rick Riordan‘s hugely popular Percy Jackson book series. After 2 luke-warm feature film attempts, things went quiet at Camp Half Blood. Back in 2020, the House of Mouse streaming service announced they had picked up the rights to Riordan’s book series, with the hopes of creating a tv show.

Just this weekend, Riordan took to his personal blog to offer a pretty big series of updates on where things are at now.

Author Rick Riordan, photo by Rhododendrites

Director of the pilot!

We know know that James Bobin (“Dora and the Lost City of Gold“) will be directing the pilot episode of the series. Riordan said:

“…our pilot director will be James Bobin, who is both a terrific person and an incredibly talented director who checks all the boxes we were hoping for in a partner. He recently directed the pilot for Mysterious Benedict Society, which I loved and found very true to the source material, and he has worked on everything from creating Borat and Ali G with Sacha Baron Cohen to Flight of the Conchords to Muppets to Dora and the Lost City of Gold (which the Riordans found an incredibly fun adaptation of our beloved Dora the Explorer cartoon from the kids’ childhood.) James knows the Percy books well. His kids are fans. His humor is wonderful. We are in good hands, demigods, and lucky to have him joining our team. Keep your fingers crossed that everything goes the way we expect!”

Those Casting Rumors…

It would appear that while maybe those casting rumors from earlier this year weren’t accurate, things are moving right along in that department. Riordan says:

The casting department started gearing up again this week, though I don’t yet have any contact information on open casting to share with you yet. As soon as I do, I will. The general casting call information for the talent agencies has already been shared on social media, however (Becky informs me) and includes some basic information which I can confirm: the plan is to film in Vancouver (again, assuming all goes as planned, which I think it will).”

We’re really hoping things work out with this Percy Jackson tv series. We’ll let you know what we hear about this and other news.

If you’ve never read the full 5-book series, pick up your own set of the Percy Jackson novels on Amazon here.

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