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“Percy Jackson” becomes Disney series – VG


TRIO: Brandon T. jackson as Grover, Logan Lerman as Percy and Alexandra Daddario as Annabeth in «Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief».

The fantasy book series about Percy Jackson is now becoming a TV series on Disney +. The five books about the demigod with ADHD have sold millions of copies.

On Wednesday, several media reported that the Percy Jackson series is now being adapted to a TV series. Author Rick Riordan has wanted this for a long time, and tweeted that something was going on already in 2020. According to Variety, they are now in the process of casting.

ADHD is magic

Percy Jackson is a 12-year-old boy with dyslexia and ADHD who finds out that he is actually Poseidon’s son. The five books “The Lightning Thief”, “The Monster Sea”, “The Curse of the Titan”, “The Battle of the Labyrinth” and “The Last Olympian” are based on a Half-Blood Camp, where half-god children are trained. In Riordan’s world, ADHD is a sign that you are a demigod, and dyslexia is explained by the fact that you are actually programmed to read ancient Greek.

FILM TWO: Logan Lerman and Alexandria Daddario in «Percy Jackson: The Monster Sea».

Two of the books have previously been filmed, in versions the author expressed strong dissatisfaction with. According to the Guardian, he wrote a letter to the Twentieth Century Fox producers who made the films with the message “As a whole, the script is terrible.”

“Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief” came out in 2010 and “Percy Jackson: The Monster Sea” in 2013. They received mixed reviews, but still became relative box office successes. The first grossed $ 226 million worldwide and the second $ 199 million (with budgets of $ 30 million and $ 90 million, respectively).

New actors

This time, Riordan will be involved in writing the pilot episode and be involved on the producer side, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

FIGHTING: Brandon T. jackson as Grover, Logan Lerman as Percy and Alexandra Daddario as Annabeth in «Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief».

What is certain is probably that Logan Lerman, who played Percy in the films, will not repeat the role. He is now 30 years old.

Alexandra Daddario (35) who played Annabeth Chase in the films has recently told The Wrap that she is not involved in the series, but that she loved filming the films.

– I look forward on behalf of the young people who get roles in that series and how they will inspire a new generation of young women, she said.

ACTION: From «The Lightning Thief».

Bestseller for 605 weeks

There are various reports on how much the books have sold. The Digital Fix writes 180 million copies. Wikipedia claims over 69 million copies in over 35 countries, but refers to a 2010 press release from Fox Business that is no longer available. Norwegian sources are content to write “million editions”.

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What is certain is that the series has been on for 605 weeks New York Times bestselgerliste for children’s books, and is still in fourth place, slightly behind Harry Potter’s 669 weeks.

Riordan has also written ten more books in the same universe as Percy Jackson, but in other series.

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