The highs and lows of the film adaptations of ‘Percy Jackson and the Olympians’ – Northern Star

“Percy Jackson & the Olympians” is a beloved series that has garnered a fandom similar to “Harry Potter” or “The Hunger Games,” but with a twist of Greek mythology. Of the five-book series, only two films were made. While fans were excited about the adaptations, they fell short of many people’s expectations.

What went well

With both films getting 49% and 42% on Rotten Tomatoes, they got a few things right when it comes to books.

Logan Lerman was cast as the titular character Percy Jackson. The chemistry between Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario and Brandon T. Jackson, the latter two playing Annabeth and Grover, was undeniable in the films. By reading the books, you could see how the trio formed and how it turned into a beautiful friendship. The trio’s relationship has translated well to the big screen.

Another part of the film that was well done was the Lotus Casino Stage in “Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief”. You could say it was the best scene of the two films. Fans called it a “cinematic masterpiece” for its stunning visuals and camera work. Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face” playing in the background really brought this whole scene together.

What went wrong

A big problem in the first movie was the “capture the flag” scene. In the books, Percy and Annabeth were on the same team, but for some reason they were on separate teams in the movie. Not to mention, Annabeth trained at Camp Half-Blood for five years before Percy arrived, but he defeated her in a sword fight after being claimed by her father Poseidon.

In the books, Percy wasn’t claimed until after the “capture the flag” scene and after his team had already won. It may have been edited for pacing, but was confusing for fans who read the books first.

“The Lightning Thief” was based on the trio crossing America to try to retrieve the pearls from Persephone, but in the book the pearls were given to them by a sea nymph.

“Percy Jackson: Sea of ​​Monsters” came out three years after the first movie and was met with even more disappointment. It was almost like the writers knew it would be the last movie because they crammed so much into the plot in such a short time.

A major plot hole in the second film is that the trio were to defeat the Titan Kronos, but it doesn’t show up until the fourth novel in the series.

TV takeover

On January 29, Rick Riordan, the author of the “Percy Jackson” series, announced on his website that the television series adaptation had been greenlit by Disney and would soon begin casting and production.

Riordan also mentioned how he and his wife are involved in the whole process, which brought relief to many fans. The first season of the Disney+ series is expected to focus on “The Lightning Thief” with Easter eggs and backstory to keep the story fresh.

As of now, there has been no cast reveal or premiere date for the series. With Riordan being part of the creative process, it’s hoped the cast will be age-appropriate so audiences can see all five books come to life. Fans have expressed their wish for Logan Lerman to return to the world of “Percy Jackson”, but this time as Percy’s father, Poseidon. It would be great to see Lerman back, but it’s time for new actors to take over and showcase their talent.

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