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Ahead of the Upcoming Disney+ Reboot, Here’s a Refresher on the Percy Jackson Movies

PERCY JACKSON & THE OLYMPIANS: THE LIGHTNING THIEF, Logan Lerman, 2010. TM and Copyright Fox 2000 Pictures. All rights reserved./Courtesy Everett Collection

Upon its release throughout the mid-to-late 2000s, the Percy Jackson book series garnered widespread popularity among young readers, which led to not one, but two film adaptations of the books, “Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief,” and “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.” The movies follow Percy Jackson, a young adult who discovers he is the son of Poseidon, the Greek god of the sea, and embarks on a number of adventures to develop his demigod powers and save loved ones from threatening forces, but they faced criticism for straying from the original content of the novels and cutting author Rick Riordan out of the creative process.

The last “Percy Jackson” on-screen adaption reached audiences in 2013, but Disney+ is bringing a fresh, new take to Percy’s story in the upcoming series, “Percy Jackson and the Olympians,” which is currently in production and set to release in 2024, as reported by Variety. In contrast to the movies, Riordan is highly involved in the development of the series. The author made the announcement of the series in May 2020 via Twitter, and wrote, “We are very excited about the idea of a live-action series of the highest quality, following the storyline of the original Percy Jackson five-book series, starting withThe Lightning Thief in season one. Rest assured that Becky & I will be involved in person in every aspect of the show.”

In light of the upcoming series, here’s a refresher on all the Percy Jackson movies to help you channel your inner demigod.

How Many “Percy Jackson” Movies Are There?

There are two “Percy Jackson” movies. The first film, “Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief,” was released in 2010 and notably starred Logan Lerman and Alexandra Daddario. The sequel, “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters,” hit theaters in 2013, and featured the most of original cast reprising their roles.

“Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief”

PERCY JACKSON & THE OLYMPIANS: THE LIGHTNING THIEF, from left: Brandon T. Jackson, Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario, 2010. Ph: Doane Gregory/TM and Copyright Fox 2000 Pictures. All rights reserved./Courtesy Everett CollectionImage Source: Everett Collection

When Zeus’s master lightning bolt is stolen, he points the finger at Poisdeon’s son, Percy, accuses him of being the culprit, and promises to wage a war between the gods if it is not returned in two weeks. Percy, a teenager who is unaware of his identity and powers, attends Camp Half-Blood and learns not only that he is the son of Poseidon, but he is also a demigod with special abilities. Along with the help of his friends, Percy embarks on an adventure to find the lightning bolt thief and prevent a war that threatens to destroy the world.

“Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters”

PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS, from left:  Brandon T. Jackson, Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario, 2013. ph: Murray Close/TM and Copyright/20th Century Fox. All rights reserved./Courtesy Everett CollectionImage Source: Everett Collection

In the sequel to the first film, Camp Half-Blood is under threat after its protector, Thalia, is poisoned. Since Thalia can no longer protect the demigod camp, it is vulnerable to attacks, which means it is up to Percy to try and save their safe haven. Once again, Percy goes on a journey with his friends, this time to the Sea of Monsters, in hopes of recovering the magical Golden Fleece, which has the power to heal.

Watch the “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” Teaser Trailer

The latest adaptation of Percy Jackson set to hit Disney+ in 2024 will look very different. Check out a first look at the new series by watching the teaser below.


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