‘Percy Jackson and the Olympians’ takes us to Camp Half-Blood
On Sunday, September 11, 2018, Disney+ distributed the first teaser for the upcoming show Percy Jackson and the Olympians.
The opening monologue of the one-minute short is delivered by Percy himself, portrayed by Walker Scobell. In it, he explains why being a Half-Blood—the offspring of a Greek God and a human parent—is a precarious and frightening situation to be in. Fans get their first look at Camp Half-Blood, Percy’s fellow demigods who are also undergoing training, and that iconic orange camp t-shirts thanks to the teaser.
“Listen, I never intended to be a person of mixed ancestry. Being of half-blood descent is not only perilous but also terrifying.” According to what Percy says in the video, “Most of the time it ends with your death. If you have any suspicion that you could be one of us, take my advice and get out of here while you still have the chance. You should believe the falsehood that your mother or father told you about how you were born. Make an effort to lead a normal life.”
In January 2022, Disney+ was the first to disclose the news of the live-action adaptation. At the time of the announcement, author Rick Riordan confirmed that he will be working alongside Jon Steinberg to write the series pilot. In addition to that, Steinberg and his producing partner Dan Shotz will be in charge of supervising the series.
Walker will be joined in the cast by Leah Sava Jeffries, who will play Annabeth Chase, and Aryan Simhadri, who will play Grover Underwood, respectively. In addition to Virginia Kull and Jason Mantzoukas, other cast members include Megan Mullally, Glynn Turman, and Timm Sharp.
The young Percy Jackson, the son of Poseidon and a human woman, is the protagonist of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians book series. Jackson is the first to attend Camp Half-Blood when his father sends him there. They engage on adventures with Annabeth and Grover, which involve the gods of Mount Olympus and other mythological adversaries.
The Lightning Thief (2011) and Sea of Monsters (2013), both of which are film adaptations of the first two books in the series, were released in theaters earlier. The film starred Logan Lerman as Percy Jackson, Alexandra Daddario as Annabeth, and Brandon T. Jackson as Grover, however both the critics and the fans had conflicting reactions to it.
There has been no word on when the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series will become available on Disney+ as of yet.