Meet The Greek Gods Of Fantasy Film ‘Percy Jackson’

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Think Harry Potter is the only series of young adult-centric fantasy books prime for a movie franchise? Think again. The series of books Percy & The Olympians is set to be turned into a movie (with the presumed title simply as Percy Jackson), with the adapted screenplay already written by Chris Columbus and Craig Titley based on the first book in the series called The Lightning Thief.

The film, which is to be directed by Chris Columbus (Home Alone, Mrs. Doubtfire, and the first two Harry Potter films), is based on the Greek mythology-based books that tells the story of Poseidon’s half-human son, Percy, who sets out on a quest across modern America to prevent a war among the gods.

Speaking of which, most of those who will play the Greek gods have already been cast, they are: Pierce Brosnan as Chiron, Uma Thurman as Madusa, Sean Bean as Zeus, Kevin McKidd as Poseidon and Melina Kanakaredes as Athena. The gods Aries, Hades and Persephone have not yet been cast.

The three main teenage characters have already been cast: Logan Lerman (3:10 To Yuma), Alexandra Daddario (All My Children) and Brandon T. Jackson (Alpa Chino from Tropic Thunder).

Since it’s based specifically on the first book in the series, here’s a bit more of an in-depth plot that will most likely be used in the film (courtesy of Wikipedia):

The Lightning Thief is the first book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, it is the story of twelve year old Percy Jackson, a boy with ADHD and Dyslexia. Percy has been going to many different schools, many of them boarding schools, due to the fact that he keeps getting kicked out. His entire life he has had no idea where his father is. But one day during a school field trip, Percy is approached by a mystical creature and defeats it with a sword named Riptide(disguised as a pen) given to him by a teacher. Later that day, Percy and his mom go on a trip to a beach when attacked by a storm. Percy’s friend Grover from school suddenly appears saving Percy, but ultimately failing to save his mom. Grover exposes himself as a Satyr and that Percy has been taken to Camp Half Blood. Percy discovers that he is a demigod and during a Capture the Flag game that his father is Poseidon, the god of the sea. A while later, Chiron, his old teacher and the camp director tells him that his father and uncle Zeus are warring over Zeus’s lost Master Bolt. Now, Percy must journey to find the Zeus’ missing bolt to restore peace in Olympus with Annabeth Chase and Grover the Satyr.

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What immediately struck me about this whole idea is how it mixes the Greek god mythology with modern day life. It has the high potential to look extremely cheesy on-screen, and so I remain pensive as to whether or not they can pull this off. However, Columbus has proven himself competent in bringing a fantasy story to life with the first two Harry Potter films which on paper also had the potential to not work on-screen. Luckily, Columbus and subsequent directors such as Alfonso Cuaron found a way to make it work very well.

The term used to describe how the story functions is that they “take some creative license.” Wouldn’t they have to for it to work?…

As far as the casting of the gods goes, it’s kind of a mixed bag. Thurman and McKidd I think are suited to the roles, with the latter being pretty kick ass in any role he takes. But Brosnan, Bean and Kanakeredes are another story - all three are fine performers in their own right, but it seems in this case they have just been chosen for how they look more than the performance they have to give.

An interesting thing to note about the titular teenage boy – the character is written as having both Dyslexia and ADHD. It’s great to see there being a character in such a fantasy series who has real life issues, as opposed to “the perfect young hero.” I just hope they keep that part of the movie version… something tells me they won’t.

As I hinted at in the opening paragraph, the plan is to make this into a full franchise of fantasy films (much like what Harry Potter is now) – each installment based on one of the five original books by Rick Riordan. These books in order are: The Lightning Thief, The Sea of Monsters, The Titan’s Curse, The Battle of the Labyrinth and The Last Olympian.

We’ll just see if the first film does well at the box office before they can move on to more films. I don’t think the Percy Jackson & The Olympians series has had the success and mainstream name recognition as Harry Potter did (and obviously still does), but you never know, this could catch on and become very successful.

So is there any fans of the source material out there? Do you think this will make a successful movie franchise?

Percy Jackson is set to start shooting sometime this year, and is aimed for a February 2010 release.

Source: Variety

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  1. the movie comes out 2 days after my birth day!

  2. i think that there is no way that readers of this series will like the way that directors take a 30 year old person to be a 12 year old (may not be pertaining to this movie). if you have a young aged character and only older people are trying out for the part go to local high and middle schools to see if anyone wants to audition.

  3. The book series are awesome and may replace harry potter pretty soon so I like that they’re making a movie on them. but one thing that is really going to hurt it is the fact that the actors are to old. They should have looked for younger half-bloods. And personally I really wanted Annabeth to be blond, but well hopefully it won’t be as bad.

  4. I agree with everything everyone has said about the characters being too old.I mean, COME ON! These people are going to be,like, 30 when they’re supposed to be 16! And did someone say they are not even putting Clarice in it?”sigh”.Hopefully someone will do a remake…..

  5. Oh yeah, I am also a HUGE fan of the books, so ill be real angry if(and probably when)they mess it up.”Half boy, Half god, All hero”seems like a prety bad omen to me.

  6. One last thing.THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO BE FUNNY,LIKE A SPHINX WITH A GRADING MACHINE,NOT SOME APPOCOLIPTIC MUMBO JUMBO THAT LOOKS LIKE “Seeker, The Dark is Rising”!!!!I really hoped Chris Columbus would do some justice to the books but the trailers make it look like just another action adventure movie.a-ge,a-ge,a-Thats all folks!hehe cheesy….

  7. p.s. im 13

  8. oh my god!!
    I am braziliam
    and i love percy jackson and the Olympians The Lightning Thief.
    I fan number one!!
    verygood percy, luke, annabeht, grover is magnific!!
    they are delicius!!!!!!!!
    i love you rick riordan
    creat books magnific!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    só acho o filme um pouco infiel ao livro!

  9. Oh my god!
    I LOVE THE LIGHTNING THEIF!! It’s the best book i’ve ever read!I can’t wait to see the movie!It’s gonna be awesome!!!!!!!!!!

  10. ALEXANDRA DADDARIO,LOGAN LERMAN TO OLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GET SOME YOUNGER ACTORS FOR THE KIDS AND OLDER ACTORS FOR THE GODS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!AND WHAT IS UP WITH BRANDON .T. JACKSON AS GROVER, I MEAN I’M NOT A RACIST BUT HE’S BLACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!GROVER’S WHITE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!THE MOVIE WON’T SELL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!EVERYONE WILL THINK IT’LL SUCK(BUT I LOVE THE BOOKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

  11. Okay! So this is terrible! I loved the City of Ember and they ruined the movie — now this? TWELVE YEAR OLDS ARE NOT THIRTY! COME ON! I imagined Grover to be white but I think him being African American will be great! That gives me a whole new perspective … I like it. The gods are too young! And if it’s gonna be cheesy like almost every other book-to-movie I like accept Harry Potter, I may as well miss it!

  12. This makes no since. Annabeth has blonde hair. Grover is white and pale. I’m sorry this is ALL WRONG!

  13. It looks like a good movie, but I am worryed about some things.I read and own all the books.Im worryed about how old the characters are and who plays them, but all in all its going to be a good movie.

  14. p.s
    My name is really Lane and i am 11.

  15. I have read most of the books, all great. I have been waiting almost 4 year for someone to make it into a movie! Just one thing though… Saw the trailer on Youtube and Grover does not lok like any grover described by Rick Riordan. Since when is Hollywood politically correct? But it does say that it is BASED ON the book. Meaning that they can turn Percy into a flaming queen if they want to.
    Seriously, have you seen the last Harry Potter? Nothing like the book!

    It looks like a great movie and I cam’t wait for it to be released in South Africa!

  16. I got to say I’m a huge fan of the books read them about 3 times each. After I saw the new trailer I was amazed on how much stuff they got wrong and stuff that is not supposed to be introduced until later in the series. Like the watch shield or Annabeth telling Percy that she likes him. They got a lot of things wrong but it looks good so I guess i’ll see it. I may even like it.

  17. I also think that they are too old. But the thing about Brandon T. Jacjson… that’s just harsh, dude. I think that he will be a great actor for Grover.

    p.s.

    OMG’s!!! I have been waiting for this movie for 5 years!!!!!!!!!! im so EXITED!!!!

  18. OMG, what the heck…
    THEY R SUPPOSED 2 BE 11 in the first book!!!!
    the actor that plays annabeth is like 32 freaking years old,
    if ur mom is kind of young like 30 or so IMAGINE HER MAKING OUT WITH A 16 YEAR OLD BOY
    disgusting…wrong…completely weird..
    this movie is going to SUCK

  19. People, the movie is based on the book! It will not be the same as the book!!! Focus!!! You can not do the book word for word. The book is the basis, it is not the movie. Get i9t through your thick sculls!!!

  20. I agree that the movie cannot be EXACTLY the same as the book, people have only been making movies from books for about 70 years (Gone with the Wind anyone??) But one thing has to be the same — their ages!! Percy is 11 in the first book and Annabeth is 13. Even Daniel Radcliffe from Harry Potter was REALLY 11 when he started. Who cares what color Annabeth’s hair or Grover’s skin is?? Get real, that’s irrelevant to making a good movie. If you want the movie to be exactly the same, just pick up the book again and imagine really hard …

  21. Sure, screwing around with the basis is not on, at least keep the ages the same! But on the other hand, I am not interrested in drooling over an 11 year old boy! This is not Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight, this is bigger (hopefully) than that. No girl is going to drool opver an 11 year old boy!

  22. Re the last comment – you used a bad word which is not allowed on this site. Also, I am not going to be drooling over any boys. this was a great action adventure series where you actually LEARN something — about mythology. and it was FUN because the main character was only 11. That’s only happened one other time, with the first Harry Potter movie. And a lot of us were not old enough to see a PG movie when that came out. BTW, does anyone know what this movie is rated?

  23. i think that the moive will be good but they tatolly screwed up by makeing grover black and annabeth have brown hair and they are licke sixteen when tey are supposed to be 11

  24. Julio, darling… “screwing” is not a bad word, it’s just your lack in intellect that makes it bad. I would thik it to be a PG 13 movie. Not sure.
    As for Grover, the movie probably has to be politically correct, so I do not see the big issue. But it is messing with the book a tad bit too much. As for Annabeth’s hair color, it’s not a big deal. People change hair colour all the time.

  25. I read the book like seeing a movie and I was really thrilled when I heard that they finally turn it into a movie. But I’ve seen the trailer and I am a little worried. I agree with you: the main characters are not well chosen. Especially the person who plays Annabeth. And Grover – black or white doesn’t matter – as fas as I could see, there was nothing satyr-like (horns, beard, etc…) I recently saw the Chronicles of Narnia and their satyr was perfect – just as described in the book.
    I think for people who don’t know the books, the movie will be good. As for the ones who know the book…..

  26. Okay, I give up. It’s a movie based on the book, not a movie about the book IT WILL NOT BE THE SAME!!!

  27. Who cares about the skin color?… and so what she’s not blonde… big deal!!!! I am concerned about the age though. I also loved the books.

  28. Here I am again on the site. The reason is because I saw the trailer again today and I freaked out….again. It looks good but Chiron kinda creeps me out. It looks like he’s the bad guy. Grover doesn’t seem bad as African-American, and it still bothers me that Annabeth isn’t blond. But now that I’ve seen the trailor again, it makes me feel better that it seems as a better movie.

  29. I’ve liked Percy Jackson since the fall 2008, when I started reading the third book.
    I ‘cinda fell in love with it and I’ve seen the trailers to the movie lika a million times. To me it look like they’ve done a great job so far.
    I can’t wait ’til the movie comes out in theatres =D

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