Percy Jackson Is On The Doorstep With A Budget That Might Skip Star Wars
The expected show is going to be a high-budget project that may cost more than the numerous Star Wars and Marvel Cinematic Universe series on Disney’s slate for the next few years.
Previously, there have been two Percy Jackson films — Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010) and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013) — both featuring the acting talents of Logan Lerman (Percy Jackson), Alexandra Daddario (Annabeth), and Brandon T. Jackson (Grover).
There is currently no word on whether or not any of the original cast will be back for Disney’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians series or if it will feature an entirely new line-up.
Development of the character Percy Jackson began when Rick Riordan started inventing stories for his son Haley Riordan, who was diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia in the spring of 2002.
In the story, Percy Jackson is portrayed as a demigod, the son of the mortal Sally Jackson and the Greek god Poseidon. He has ADHD and dyslexia, allegedly because he is hardwired to read Ancient Greek and has inborn “battlefield reflexes”.
Percy’s birthday is August 18. In the first novel of the series, The Lightning Thief, he is twelve years old.
As the most high profile series on Disney Plus, you’d imagine that the Star Wars and MCU stories would also be the most expensive, but insider Daniel Richtman is now claiming that the in-development Percy Jackson could be bestowed with that particular honor. We don’t know much about the latest adaptation of Rick Riordan’s novels other than the fact that the author is on board this time around, having been shut out when the big screen franchise was active, but Richtman says that the show will have a larger budget than what’s been given to the Marvel and Star Wars projects.
Riordan and wife Becky only revealed last month that the pilot script had been submitted for approval to the Disney hierarchy, and at this stage, Percy Jacksondoesn’t have a release date, a schedule for the start of production or even any talent involved on either side of the camera. With so few of the pieces in place and the pilot not even being given the green light as of yet, the budget is more than likely still a long way away from being officially confirmed, but it certainly sounds like the Mouse House plans to invest a lot of money into the series. Source: Patreon