Back in 2020, it was announced that Disney+ would be adapting the Percy Jackson books into a series. There are a total of five books written by Rick Riordan, who will be involved in writing the live-action adaptation to make sure that the TV show will stay loyal to the books. This is because the author had been vocal about how the previous films were made.
And over the weekend, Disney gave an update on the production status of the Percy Jackson TV show. These are all the details pertaining to the show at this time:
Percy Jackson and the Olympians Release Date
But unfortunately, there is no update yet on when we can expect a release date for the Percy Jackson TV series.
According to the author, the show will likely get a release date in early 2024. Since production is currently underway, we can expect the show to get released soon.
Riordan gave an update on the release date on his website: "Previously, I have said that my own personal best guess was sometime in 2023. I also warned you that this could definitely change. Now that I have a somewhat better understanding of the work involved, here's what I am estimating: It's probably going to take us through December or into January to film all the episodes of season one, which is roughly one month of filming per episode (eight episodes total)... That means post-production will begin in early 2023, when the pieces are fitted together, edited and augmented with all the special effects and sound. This process also takes months and months. Given all this, I think the most likely air date will probably be early 2024. Again, that's just me guessing. The actual release dates are determined by the studio and the streaming service, and have to take in hundreds of other factors like the release schedule for all Disney+ shows, timing for publicity, etc."
Percy Jackson and the Olympians Story: What Is It About?
Considering the fact that Rick Riordan is active with the scriptwriting of the live-action adaptation of Percy Jackson and the Olympians, we can expect the story to stay faithful to the book series.
In a now-deleted tweet, Riordan revealed in January 2022 that the live-action adaptation will follow "Lightning Thief faithfully although we're adding alot of interesting nuances, depth, Easter eggs & backstory that will keep the story fresh & fun even if you know the books inside & out."
This means that the series will likely follow the format of the book, which tells the story of a 12-year-old demi-god named Percy Jackson. He discovers that he is the son of Poseidon, god of the sea, with a mortal mother. This leads him to Camp Half-Blood, where he meets his friends, Annabeth and Grover. The trio go on an adventure to fight Kronos and save the world.
The first book will center on Percy's journey in retrieving Zeus' lightning bolt, which was previously stolen. He is also accused of stealing the lightning bolt. It is up to him and his friends to retrieve the master lightning bolt and restore Olympus' order.
Percy Jackson and the Olympians Cast
In May 2022, Riordan revealed the cast for the main characters of the TV series. The main character in the show, Percy Jackson, will be portrayed by Walker Scobell, who is famous for his role as the younger Adam in Netflix's The Adam Project.
The other cast members include:
- Walker Scobell (as Percy Jackson)
- Leah Seva Jeffries (as Annabeth Chase)
- Aryan Simhadri (as Grover)
- Jason Mantzoukas (as Mr. D)
- Virginia Kull (as Sally Jackson)
- Charlie Bushnell (as Luke Castellan)
- Glynn Turman (as Chiron)
- Megan Mullaly (as Alecto)
- Timm Sharp (as Gabe Ugliano)
- Dior Goodjohn (as Clarisse La Rue)
- Olivea Morton (as Nancy Bobofit)
Casting for the Greek gods have not yet been announced. We should expect Disney to reveal the actors for Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades soon.
Is There a Percy Jackson and the Olympians Trailer?
During its D23 2022 event, Disney released the official teaser trailer for Percy Jackson and the Olympians.
The trailer doesn't give away too much of the show. But it does give us a glimpse of Camp Half-Blood.
You can watch the teaser trailer here:
An official trailer should be available as the release date nears.