‘Percy Jackson’ Sequel Snags A Director; Logan Lerman Confirmed

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Word got out about Fox 2000′s plans to move forward with a second installment in the Percy Jackson film series earlier this year, with The Lightning Thief director Chris Columbus reduced to serving as producer on the sequel, titled Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Sea of Monsters.

A director has at last been locked down for Sea of Monsters, which is already being scripted by writing duo Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (Agent Cody Banks, Ed Wood). On top of that, Fox studio heads have reportedly exercised an option in original Percy Jackson star Logan Lerman’s contract that will ensure that he returns for the Lightning Thief followup.

24 Frames says that Thor Freudenthal (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Hotel for Dogs) has been hired on to call the shots on Sea of Monsters. That Fox 2000 would recruit a director like Freudenthal – who is well-versed in the art of crafting family-friendly entertainment and knows how to work fast – is not too shocking, considering both the PG-Rated tone of the Percy Jackson series and the studio’s hopes to get the next installment out in theaters by 2012.

Author Rick Riordan’s original Sea of Monsters novel follows young Percy (Lerman) as he encounters his cycloptic half-brother, Tyson. Percy must thereafter team up with his newfound sibling and girl pal Annabeth (Alexandra Daddario) to traverse the titular sea and locate the mythical Golden Fleece – the key to saving both their beloved “Camp Half-Blood” from encroaching evil forces and Percy’s friend Grover (Brandon T. Jackson) from suffering a terrible fate.

Besides incorporating the page-to-screen changes made in The Lightning Thief (ex. ending with Percy being aged 17 instead of 12), the Sea of Monsters movie adaptation is also expected to include plot points and elements from other Percy Jackson novels as well – similar to what another young adult fantasy adaptation, The Mortal Instruments, is said to be doing.

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Sea of Monsters is just one of several upcoming books-turned-films about teens setting out on fantastical adventures, now that the Harry Potter franchise is about to reach its end. Other candidates hoping to appeal to that Potter crowd include the aforementioned Mortal Instruments movie, The Seventh Son, Oscar Pill, The Maze Runner, and the Chronicles of Narnia semi-prequel, The Magician’s Nephew.

As it stands, the next Percy Jackson movie is in a position to do just as well (if not better) financially as those other titles. Most casual moviegoers and fans of Riordan’s original Lightning Thief novel seemed to enjoy its film adaptation well enough – and Sea of Monsters looks to maintain the unique but accessible spin on Greek mythology that its predecessor delivered. Plus, the friendly-to-all-ages design of the Percy Jackson stories should lend it wider appeal than some of the darker young adult fantasy projects on the horizon.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Sea of Monsters is expected to begin production during the second half of 2011. Look to hear more about the film in the near future.

Source: LA Times

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  1. My daughter is so excited for this.

  2. I hope the stick closer to the books. They really messed up the first one

    • Really. First was so stupid I’m a bit shocked it’s getting a sequel.

      • Me and you both dude. I was so pissed that i payed my money to watch that. That movie does not deserve a sequel

        • first did u read the books? second it was ok…..

  3. Logan Lerman would make the perfect Robin in a teen titans movie….the first movie was okay but should have stuck to the book:

  4. K, let’s do this.

  5. IDK how this movie got a sequel cause the first one was soooo horrible. Its not that they didnt do everthing from the book, it was more that they just acted like it didnt happen and added nothing new.

  6. The Lightning Thief was good, but would’ve been much better if it had stuck to the book more. It will be interesting to see what they can do to The Sea of Monsters.

  7. Gawd, I was so annoyed with that first movie. Seriously, we have to suffer another?

    • No ones FORCING you to see the sequel dude….

      • If they want to make money on the sequel, they’re going to have to force people to go see it.

  8. I didn’t hate the first one but I did feel like it was missing something. Then again I’m not really the target audience for a movie like this.

    • for the bits that were missing read the books they’re awesome!!!! plus the film literally took 3 places from the 1st book and filmed around them.

  9. pretty fun movie, I cried when Medusa turned into stone :(

    • you cried for this crap? Gayy…..

  10. I cannot wait to see the sequel to Percy Jackson I cannot hardly wait

    • me tooo! i loved all the books. i didn’t lovvvvvvve the movie. but it was ok. they missed the WHOLE Ares part though. man than would of been good on the screen.

    • I am a huge fan of Percy Jackson so I can’t wait to see the new one!!!!!

  11. Honestly this sounds like crap! i’ve read the book and the first film was nothing like the book. For one, they missed out major characters that tribute to not only the second book but the entire series. The cast was horrible, and i hate to see them reprise their roles. I mean they are suppose to be a bunch of 13 year old kids, not 20 year old kids. Percy Jackson = Epic fail! I was hoping they would reboot it in like 3 year and do it justice…bummer.

    • Don’t give up hope on a reboot… it seems they are doing them sooner and sooner these days. Just look at Batman and Spiderman.

    • Its not suppose to be exactly like the book then it would be like way to predictable. A lot of people have read the percy jackson series so everyone would know what would happen and where’s the fun in that?!
      The movie was still amazing.

      • Thats the point in going to see a book you read on the screen! You want to see what you read on screen!! them leaving out so many main characters and villains would be like Lord of the Rings without Sauron, or Harry Potter without Voldemort! I at least want to see the general story and characters…and with the lightening thief NOTHING was similar at all. It sucked eggs!

      • No one expects a movie to be exactly like the book, but they still should have kept the story intact. I saw the movie before I read the books, and still felt that the movie was seriously lacking. It was ok (mainly because Logan Lerman did a horrible job acting).

        • Okay hold-it. I just read the comments and I am very mad at Dani because I LOVE Logan Lerman and I can not believe u think he was a bad actor because he wasn’t!!!

        • Okay hold-it. I just read the comments and I am very mad at whoever said Logan Lerman was a bad actor because I LOVE Logan Lerman and he rocked!

        • Okay hold-it. I just read the comments and I am very mad at whoever said Logan was a bad actor because I LOVE Logan Lerman and he rocked!

        • Okay hold-it. I just read the comments and I am very mad at whoever said Logan was a bad actor because I LOVE Logan Lerman and he rocked.

      • It’s not supposed to be exactly Luke the book but the lightning thief, the whole story was changed the whole plot was them looking for pearls so they could get out of the underworld, in the book they were given to him after a fight with ares that didn’t happen in the movie

        • First off, proof reading is always good.
          Secondly that’s exactly why the film sucked. The drifted so far from the plot that if they wanted to do the film series they’d have to make up SO MUCH stuff just to recover the the actual story of the books.

  12. Honestly my character doesnt have much in common with Harry Potter besides the fact that hes an unlikely hero whos thrown into a huge situation..The actor who is costarring with some of Hollywoods biggest talent Pierce Brosnan Uma Thurman says he is focused on his character but would be up for the massive fame that is potential with this movie..Ive been studying mythology for months reading about Perseus Poseidon Apollo Medusa Logan says.

  13. The first was entertaining only if you completely disregard the book. It missed so many key points and plot threads it’ll be really difficult to make any sequels work.

  14. All I ever hear is the same complaint about EVERY movie based on a book. “That movie sucked. It was nothing like the book” HELLOOOOO….they’re different mediums. I saw the Lightning Thief without ever having read the first book and both my son and I thought it was great. Loved it so much it enticed us to read the books. Now we’ve read them all and loved them. My advice whenever seeing a movie based on a book is either don’t read the book until after seeing the movie or go in expecting the movie to be completely different then the book.

    • HELLOOO? Really, come on. Where’s the logic in assuming the film will be different from the book? How well would Harry Potter had done if they did that? How well would Lord of the Ring done had they done that? They would have sucked. That’s the biggest issue with Percy, is that they left out massive plots and characters making it really difficult to try and bring it all up in a sequel. Why have such low expectations in going to see a film. If I am going to see a film adaptation of a book, I expect to see the main plot with some creative liberties. The Lightening Thief film was in no way a good adaptation because it left out so much stuff that is vital to the entire saga! So I’m sorry, but going in assuming the film will be different from the book is a bad idea, i.e. Prince Caspian and Voyage of the Dawn Treader sucked massively because they drifted 100% from the actual plot! You should expect more out of your films I think.

      • “How well would Harry Potter had done if they did that? How well would Lord of the Ring done had they done that?”

        Actually, neither the HP nor LOTR movies were completely faithful to the books. There were omissions and alterations, but for the most part those changes were good.

        I didn’t need complete faithfulness to TLT, but I would have liked it if it had been closer to the book. I really would have liked to see the water park incident, and Ares. I hope the script writers for the second movie will keep closer to the books.

  15. I agree with all who thought the first movie was terrible, particularly in age-ing up the characters and leaving out plot points and the Greek mythology that had us hooked.

    NOTE TO STUDIOS: People loved these books and your first Percy movie was a TERRIBLE adaptation in many key ways that made the book readers forego seeing your movie. The word got out at how much it was off from the books so people stopped coming. Take a hint from J K Rowling and make the screenplays like the books! Do a re-boot and start all over with new kids at the correct ages. The only thing you have done right for the second film is getting rid of Chris Columbus as director. DO IT RIGHT OR DON’T DO IT AT ALL!!

  16. Its horrible that they didn’t film it according to the book but that they didn’t even follow the prophecy . They were way off. Why do you think the Twilight series got so much attention bcuz they actually stuck to the book and the changes were almost unnoticeable.

  17. I hope they introduce Clarisse in this one because even though she’s a minor character she plays an important part in the series. I’m excited for it!

  18. In my opinion, not that anyone asked for it, the book was like super duper amazing and so was the movie. It was terrible how they changed up a lot of the things but all in all the movie was super good.
    Im def going to see sea of monsters <3
    They should change the title tho.. it's so kiddish and weirdd

  19. The books were written amazingly! They really drew you into a world and made it feel like it could be real. I’d be glad t see the whole series become movies, but they would have to stick much closer to the books. Now that the HP series is over they could turn this into the next huge franchise!

  20. They have to make at least three movies. They are all under contract. I just hope they make it better than the first.

  21. I’ve already complained enough about the movie being so different from the book. So, I’m not gonna state it again :)

    But, even if you disregard the book, the movie is still just ok. Logan Lerman did a horrible job and the movie takes a while to really get moving. Most likely, I’m gonna watch this movie on bootleg or HBO, don’t wanna spend more money on it. But, I’m gonna watch it because I love the books.

  22. i actually excited for this :) although i agree they did miss a lot of parts from the book the first time .one i really miss is that there twelve i don’t know why

    • I haven’t read the books yet, with that being said my kids and I did enjoy the movie and are eager to see the next installment…. I also do not plan to read the books so I don’t ruin the movie, because I am stickler when it comes to movie adaptations. I do think aging the characters made the movie more enjoyable for the adults watching with Thier children :)

      • OMG u have got to read the books they are soo great!!
        it wont ruin the movie at all. if anything it will make it better!

  23. ahhhh i cant wait until the sea of monters movie comes out!!!!!! ahhhhhh yyaaaaayyyyyy i shall be the very first person in line!!!!! aaaahhhhhh

  24. the first movie was sooooooo disappointing, didn’t do the book any justice at all, wasted a really good material there, man i wish they’ll reboot/remake the movie……sigh……

  25. I’ll still watch the movie though, big fan of the books :)
    (but I’ll probably wait for the dvd)

  26. Okay so I am super excited to see that you guys are doing a sequel. However, I must express my one and only complaint. I really dislike the fact that they are making Percy 17 instead of 12 because in the book the Great Prophecy comes true at age 16. So it ruins the plot line because then this means that Percy isn’t the one in the prophecy. If you could please email me with information on this I would be extremely excited. I wish good luck to the directors, and cast especially Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario and Brandon T. Jackson (my 3 all-time favorite actors)!!!!

  27. Okay so I am super excited to see that you guys are doing a sequel. However, I must express my one and only complaint. I really dislike the fact that they are making Percy 17 instead of 12 because in the book the Great Prophecy comes true at age 16. So it ruins the plot line because then this means that Percy isn’t the one in the prophecy. If you could please email me with information on this I would be extremely excited. I wish good luck to the directors, and cast.

  28. I CAN’T WAIT!!!!!!! AHHHHHHHHHHHHH I LOVE THE BOOKS AND THE FIRST MOVIE!!!!!!!!! THE NEXT ONE WILL BE AWESOME AND THE SHOULD ABSOLUTELY NOT CHANGE THE TITLE BECAUSE IT FITS PERFECTLY AND IS NOT KIDDISH AND WEIRD

  29. i cant waitI!!!!!!! ahhhhhhhh!! i love the books and the first movie! the next one will be awesome and they should absolutely not change the title because it fits perfectlt and is not kiddish and weird!!!!!!!