On Thursday, Disney made the surprising announcement that it is adapting the YA fantasy book series Percy Jackson into a new television for Disney+. Percy Jackson creator Rick Riordan suggested that there is still a lot of work to be done on the new series, but he did offer some proof that said work is being done. The author took to Twitter to hint at his plans for the weekend, tweeting a photo of the title page to the outline for the pilot for the series. Riordan's post seemingly confirms that the series will be titled Percy Jackson and the Olympians, though Disney hasn't made that official. See the photo yourself below.
Fans quickly began to freak out with Riordan's news, with the original tweet from the author generating 63.5K retweets and 195.3K likes from fans on the social media site. Even Logan Lerman who played the titular role in the previous film adaptations of the books expressed excitement for the news, congratulating Riordan and saying: "Excited to see this! Hope it gets the adaptation the books deserve." Though perhaps seen as throwing shade at his own movies, fans of the book franchise have been eager for an adaptation closer to the source material for some time.
"For the past decade, you've worked hard to champion a faithful on-screen adaptation of Percy Jackson's world," Riordan said in a statement. "We can't say much more at this stage but we are very excited about the idea of a live-action series of the highest quality, following the storyline of the original Percy Jackson five-book series, starting with The Lightning Thief in season one. Rest assured that Becky and I will be involved in person in every aspect of the show. There will be much more news in the future, but for now, we have a lot of work to do! Buckle up, demigods. It's going to be a fantastic exciting ride!"
First published in 2005, the first novel, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, introducing fans to the titular character and his world that was infused with Greek mythology. Should the new series prove popular, Disney will have a lot of material to mine from. The Percy Jackson & the Olympians book series ran for five books total but also saw a short-story companion book released and a sequel series titled The Heroes of Olympus. Yet another book series, The Trials of Apollo, has also been released by Riordan, which could no doubt be a spin-off in its own right on Disney+.