Disney+ Greenlights Percy Jackson Series


Disney+ has ordered the series Percy Jackson and the Olympians, based on the best-selling novels by Rick Riordan.

The series tells the story of a 12-year-old modern demigod, Percy Jackson, who is just coming to terms with his newfound supernatural powers when Zeus accuses him of stealing his master lightning bolt. Riordan and Jon Steinberg (Black Sails, The Old Man) will write the pilot.

James Bobin (The Mysterious Benedict Society, Dora and the Lost City of Gold) will direct. Steinberg will oversee the series with his producing partner Dan Shotz and both will executive produce alongside Bobin, Riordan, Rebecca Riordan, Bert Salke, Monica Owusu-Breen, Jim Rowe and Gotham Group’s Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Jeremy Bell and D.J. Goldberg. The Disney Branded Television series is produced by 20th Television.

Ayo Davis, president of Disney Branded Television, said, ”With Rick Riordan, Jon Steinberg and Dan Shotz leading our creative team, we’re deep into creating a compelling TV series worthy of the heroic mythological characters that millions of Percy Jackson readers know are well-worth caring about, and we’re eager to invite Disney+ audiences into stories that are true to the blockbuster franchise and full of anticipation, humor, surprise and mystery.”

“Bringing Rick Riordan’s brilliant Percy Jackson books to Disney+ as a television series has been a mission for so many of us at this company as well as for Rick himself, and Jon, Dan, James and the excellent team they have assembled have proven to be the perfect collaborators,” said Karey Burke, president of 20th Television. “Thanks to our friends at Disney Branded Television led by Ayo, and Disney Streaming led by Michael, this will be an adaptation for the ages, with all the excitement, action and mythology fans of the books expect and love.”

Michael Paull, president of Disney Streaming, added, “The opportunity to deliver a new fantastical series based on the best-selling book franchise to audiences around the world is thrilling, and we look forward to what our partners at 20th Television, Disney Branded Television and the ingenious Rick Riordan have in store for demigods everywhere.”