New York Comic Con had fans of “Percy Jackson & the Olympians” buzzing with excitement as they gathered for the highly anticipated Sunday panel, featuring the creative team responsible for the upcoming Disney Plus series. NYCC-goers were treated to an exclusive first look at what’s in store for the upcoming adaptation.
Originally written by Rick Riordan, Percy Jackson & the Olympians revolves around the adventures of a 12-year-old boy, Percy Jackson, who discovers that he is not just an ordinary kid; he’s a demigod, the son of Poseidon, one of the “Big Three” Greek gods. As Percy learns to navigate his newfound identity, he must also face a world filled with mythological creatures and divine challenges, all while striving to maintain the balance between good and evil.
While there have been attempts to adapt the beloved franchise in the past, citing the early 2010’s cinematic misfire, and even a brief stint on Broadway (both on and off), Percy Jackson & the Olympians has been a doozy for many a studio executive, as the source material and fanbase run so deep that critics and fans alike are quick to call-out any deviation from the original book series.
However the “PJO” panel boasted an impressive lineup, with the producers, show runner, director, and even the costume designer all sharing insight into the painstaking development of the series. Their passion for the iconic series was evident in every word they spoke, leading the audience to feel that their holy grail of YA fiction, was truly in good hands.
The trailer alone was enough to send chills down the spines of fans, promising a faithful adaptation that captures the essence of the beloved books. The highlight of the presentation was a seven-minute exclusive clip, giving fans a taste of what’s to come. Disney’s signature visual effects, coupled with new blood casting choices, leads one to believe that the hit-or-miss streaming platform might finally have a win on their hands.
The Disney Plus series promises redemption. The footage revealed the careful attention to detail and a commitment to staying true to the source material. The characters, their powers, and the world they inhabit all appeared faithful to Riordan’s vision.
The joy in the room was palpable, with cheers and applause as the panel came to a close. Fans were left eager for the series premiere, which is set for December 20, 2023, with a two-episode launch. The anticipation is immense, as many hope this series will finally do justice to the books that inspired a generation of readers.
Percy Jackson and the Olympians is more than just some books based on greek mythology; it’s a cultural phenomenon. For Gen Z, these books were often their first foray into the world of literature, igniting a love for reading that has endured. The NYCC panel offered a tantalizing glimpse into what could be a potentially thrilling adaptation of the beloved story, and fans are counting down the days until they can dive back into the world of Percy Jackson on Disney Plus.