While much discourse around Disney+ content has been built around marquee franchises from Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm, one upcoming series has the potential to become a sleeper hit for the streamer. Percy Jackson and the Olympians, based on the novels by Rick Riordan, is currently in production in Vancouver and is set to wrap later this month.
This will be a reboot of the 20th Century Fox two-film series from earlier in the 21st century that sticks closer to the original novels. This series was a launching pad for the career of Logan Lerman as the titular character and he has some words about the upcoming relaunch. While promoting season two of Hunters on Amazon Prime, the actor spoke highly about the new series and specifically Walker Scobell, the actor taking his place as Percy Jackson.
I don’t think he needs any advice. The kid’s really talented. The only advice I can give him is just to enjoy it while you’re doing it. I think when you’re young, at least when I was younger [playing Percy Jackson], you almost forget to enjoy it as you’re a part of it. I really enjoyed it while I was doing it. Just take each second in and enjoy the newness of what you’re doing and being a part of something like that. That would be the only thing I would tell him. I’d feel like a bit of a schmuck, giving him advice. You’re great. You’re there for a reason. Just do your job.Logan Lerman
It’s certainly great to see Lerman maintain a positive relationship with the role and franchise that played a significant part in his development as an actor. This is despite the two films being a mixed bag both critically and commercially. Logan Lerman also specifically spoke about his confidence in the new series being more of a success across the board.
I just think this adaptation is going to be great. I think the actors are so good and the creative team is great. Obviously, it’s Rick Riordan. It’s going to be exactly what it should be and I hope the fans like it. I’ll definitely watch it. I’m curious to see what they do with it. I have no doubt that it’s going to be great.Logan Lerman
The notion of Rick Riordan being more involved with the series’ creative process is certainly a promising sign. It was an issue that held back the film adaptations, but the show is looking to avoid these pitfalls and fully adapt the rich tapestry of Riordan’s young adult novels. If the quality of the books can be met, Disney+ can potentially have its version of the Harry Potter franchise in the near future.
Percy Jackson and the Olympians is currently aiming to release its first season in early 2024.