Update on the ‘Percy Jackson and the Olympians’ Disney+ Series. Every once in a while Percy Jackson series author Rick Riordan shares an update on the upcoming Disney+ ‘Percy Jackson and the Olympians‘ live-action series with fans via his website, rickriodan.com. The previous update shared that the production team was looking into starting casting for the series, but it seems that step has been put on pause as the studio is looking to sign on the perfect director for the project.
Rick’s latest update shares insight into the pre-production process, which is a lot of “stop and go.” Riordan shared in his update, “We have a fabulous writers’ room. We have amazing show runners who know exactly what this show needs to be and how to make it. We have an excellent group of producers who have decades of experience in TV. We are close, I think, to locking in a great director, though that deal is not quite finalized. And of course, we have the author of the source material fully on board . . . oh, wait, that’s me! We have a clear plan, a solid approach, and we are ready to get going. However, we are still waiting for the green light, without which we do not have a budget to get going. The conditions for that green light are a moving target, and there are still many layers and levels of approval we have to get through.“
He went on to explain that he has the same questions and feels the same pain as the process drags on, but he is hopeful that this means the series is being taken seriously while Disney is restructuring after the acquisition of Fox. Telling readers:
“Why is it taking so long? you are asking. Yeah, believe me, I feel that. I’ve put all my plans on “pause” for the last two years so I could devote myself entirely to wrestling with this project. Part of the issue is that Disney is a massive corporation with many moving parts. The company’s expansion is great in some ways. For instance, when they bought Fox, that opened up the possibility that we could do Percy again through Disney, since Disney now owns the rights. On the downside, this means that the company is still in the process of changing and restructuring. There are a lot of people either shifting jobs or new to the company, and the various divisions don’t always know what the other divisions are doing. (That is simply my subjective impression, as an outside observer.)“
He also shared that there is a huge and important meeting scheduled in the coming weeks and to stay tuned for further updates, “Keep us in your thoughts this coming week, as we have an important meeting with top execs at Disney Studios (a tier of folks we’ve actually never talked to directly before). We will need to make our best case — one more time, with feeling! — for what this adaptation should be, why it is important, and why it is a win for all those involved.”
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