Creator Rick Riordan says that the Disney+ Percy Jackson and The Olympians series is the kind of faithful adaptation that fans have been waiting for.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Riordan talks about how he has been involved in the series since its inception, since the earliest conversations about what a new Percy adaptation might look like, how it would be sketched out, whether it would be episodic.
“I feel comfortable telling fans of the books who have been waiting — in some cases, decades — for this kind of faithful adaptation, that this is the one you’ve been waiting for. We are involved and I think you’re gonna love it.”
Riordan’s books have previously made their way to the screen in two films featuring Logan Lerman as Percy. While both of those movies performed decently at the box office, they didn’t fully meet the expectations of Riordan and his continually expanding fanbase. As a result, Riordan and his fans explored alternative projects, such as The Lightning Thief Broadway musical.
Disney+ Percy Jackson and the Olympians premieres December 20.