Percy Jackson Follow Up In Development2.03.11 # Sequel # 375 Comments
Fox has put the sequel to Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief in active development and could shoot it as early as this summer. The screenwriters of Ed Wood and Agent Cody Banks are adapting the second novel of five, subtitled The Sea of Monsters. Chris Columbus is unlikely to direct, say the L.A. Times, but would stay on as producer. The lead cast members, including Logan Lerman as Percy Jackson, would return.
With a $95m production budget the first Percy Jackson barely scraped home in the US ($88m) but performed fairly well internationally ($137m), doing just enough overall to prompt a sequel.
The huge legion of fans are desperate for another movie but also very upset at the radical and unnecessary changes made in adapting the first movie (something J.K. Rowling seemingly stopped Chris Columbus doing on Harry Potter). The studio would be wise to listen to the unanimous feedback and make this movie more faithful.
If it is filmed this summer, Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters‘s release date would be some time in 2012.
Source: L.A. Times
UPDATE (OCT 2011): The release date has now been confirmed as 16th August 2013. It’s definitely happening.
Here’s the official movie synopsis -
Percy Jackson, the son of Poseidon, continues his epic journey to fulfill his destiny, as he teams with his demigod friends to retrieve the Golden Fleece, which has the power to save their home and training ground, Camp Half-Blood.