Calling all demigods! The day has finally come! Our well-deserved TV adaptation of Rick Riordan’s beloved adventure book series, Percy Jackson and the Olympians has officially been greenlit by none other than Disney+.
For those who haven’t heard of Percy Jackson and the Olympians, first go right now to your library, or fave bookstore, or grab your Kindle or whatever, just get the first book of the series and start reading! Seriously, words can not describe how good this series full of Greek gods, magic, and sweet, sweet character growth is! But if you already read the book or are more of a visual person, you’re lucky because it seems like the show is going to follow closely to the original novel.
Quick Run Down the Series
The live-action TV series (eep!), like the first book, will follow our favorite spunky and sarcastic protagonist Percy Jackson, a 12-year-old who discovers he is, in fact, a demigod— half-mortal and half-human. But just when he’s starting to come to terms with his new powers, the god of the sky, Zeus accuses Percy of stealing his master lightning bolt. Great. Now, Percy along with his friends must travel across America in order to piece together who really stole the bolt and restore peace to Olympus.
Sounds exciting right? And even more good news: Rick Riordan is not only co-writing the pilot, but he will also be one of the executive producers! Uncle Rick is making sure this series adaptation is going to go right.
Since he’s involved, we at THP are already theorizing what will make the cut in the transition from the book to the TV. So, get ready to indulge in some ambrosia as we go over 5 things we’re hoping to see in the Disney+ Percy Jackson and the Olympians TV series.
***Minor spoilers for the books***
More Of The Worldbuilding For Camp Half-Blood
Potterheads have Hogwarts. Tributes have the districts of Panem. Twihards have Folks, Washington. It’s time for demigods to have their magical setting to be just as enchanting and extravagantly shown on the screen.
While the 2010 film adaptation of Percy Jackson and the Olympians did show us bits and pieces of Camp Half-Blood, this time we got to see everything. Give us the Olympian god-themed cabins, the lava climbing wall, the Big House, strawberry fields, all of it! Us fans have always dreamed about going to Camp Half-blood every summer, so it would be amazing to see how the camp looks and continues to evolve on the screen.
The Half-Bloods’ Weapons & Magical Items
This is more of a given (hopefully) but, gods, we would love to see each of the demigods’ weapons and magical items in the TV show! Again, the 2010 film adaptation did show Percy’s sword Riptide. However, between that and the winged converse shoes, we really weren’t shown a lot. In the first book, alone, there’s a bucket load of magical items and weapons with each new one getting cooler as the series goes on.
Like, imagine how amazing it would be to see Annabeth go invisible on scene after putting on her Yankee’s cap! Plus, can’t you already see all the cosplay possibilities with this one?
The book had a lot of them, okay. We swear if the opening has a voice-over or scene of Percy saying, “Look, I didn’t want to be a Half-Blood” like in The Lightning Thief, we might pee our pants from excitement! Some of the dialogue and phrases in the books are so quotable, which makes sense given that this is coming all from the perspective of a preteen kid and his friends. Regardless, we’ll be looking out for some of the fan-favorites including but not limiting to “You drool when you sleep” from the first book and hopefully, if it goes on for much longer, (fingers crossed) “With great power…comes a great need to take a nap” from The Last Olympian.
Percy’s Claiming Scene
A little minor spoiler for a plot point. Don’t worry, though, we won’t give away too much. But if you read the books, you remember when Percy gets claimed during Capture the Flag, and he has no idea what’s going on as everyone bows down to him? Do you know how mind-blowing the whole scene will be to see 12-year-old confused Percy just standing there and the simple, but magical, CGI going on? Like if you don’t understand the significance of this scene, all we have to say is the girls that get it, get it and the girls that don’t will get it soon enough when this scene happens in the show.
Epic Fight Scenes
So, controversial, but the film adaptations had okay action scenes. We know, we know! The films were far from perfect, but we got to give them some props somewhere. However, with that being said, the films completely robbed us of a lot of important fight scenes, especially in The Lightning Thief. For one, not only were the books’ fight scenes epic, but they also showed how the demigods’ abilities were advancing over time. Another thing too was that fight scenes also were a clever way to show some characterization, letting the audience see what a character is all about personality-wise.
For instance (and minor spoiler warning), when Percy has that big fight with one of the gods on a beach? Where was that in the film? It had very significant character development and was frankly very awesome! Reading the scene especially was just wow! So, if the Percy Jackson and the Olympians TV series end up showing those fights on-screen, especially Percy vs. a god, it’ll be just chef’s kiss!
What are you looking forward to in the upcoming Disney+ TV series, Percy Jackson and the Olympians? Wishing for a cameo from Logan Lerman or are you just too excited to see who the cast will be? Let us know fellow demigods, down in the comments below, or over on our Twitter and Instagram!