I am a Percy Jackson & the Olympians superfan. I have been since I first discovered the books back in middle school, and I will be until the day I die. Knowing that about me, it’s not much of a surprise to learn that I am beyond excited for the live-action TV series adaptation currently in development for Disney+.
For those of you who don’t know what Percy Jackson is, here’s a quick crash course: 12-year-old Percy Jackson discovers that the Greek gods are far from myth and that his “lost at sea” father didn’t actually die—he is the Greek god Poseidon. That makes Percy a demigod, and from there, his world turns upside down. Percy Jackson & the Olympians is a five-book series about Percy with additional spinoff and companion books such as the Heroes of Olympus series, The Trials of Apollo series, and many more. Some of us have come to call the works the “Riordanverse” after the vast and intertwined world author Rick Riordan has created.
The Disney+ show was first announced back in spring 2020 and was quite the welcome piece of news at the beginning of the pandemic.
Riordan was quick to reassure fans that he and his wife would be heavily involved in the creation of this new TV show. This news came as a big relief to all of us after 20th Century Fox’s disastrous movie adaptations of the first two books back in 2010 and 2013 (just don’t watch those).
However, with “Uncle Rick” at the helm and many other writers and producers involved who are just as passionate about Percy Jackson as us fans, things are looking up. Plus, with this new adaptation being a TV series instead of a movie, there is more room to explore all the important details that we love so much and get things right. While we are still a year or two away from seeing Disney+’s Percy Jackson & the Olympians on the big screen, we seem to be on the right track for an adaptation that does justice to this story and the characters we love.
When it finally comes out, you can bet I’ll be on my couch with a bucket of popcorn, ready to watch my childhood come to life—the right way this time.