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Fans everywhere were (and still are) obsessed with Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and The Olympians series. When 20th Century Fox began creating movies based on the characters, people were expecting to have another Harry Potter on our hands. But since it’s been seven years since the last movie, fans are a little discouraged. Will there ever be another Percy Jackson live-action movie? Let's examine the evidence.
Currently, there have only been two Percy Jackson films. The first was Percy Jackson and the Olympians: the Lightning Thief (2010) and the second was Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters (2013). Both movies were based off of the first two books in the series. In total, there are five books in the series, so naturally, after the first two, we were like “Where’s number 3?”
Percy Jackson is played by Logan Lerman. He told The Independent that if a third movie was happening, he would have to be in it. (Yes!)
"If we want to make a third one I have to do it, I’m contractually obligated to three movies," he said in 2014.
So, if they did want to create a Titan’s Curse film, Logan could be in it. But, there are a few reasons that won't work out.
Since Logan Lerman is obligated to do three movies, it’s possible that the rest of the main cast is required to work in Titan's Curse, too. However, Logan expressed at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in 2015 that they might be a little too old to play those roles.
"I know the fans would really like it and I really want another one," he said before adding, "I think we all are getting a little old to play those characters, so I wouldn’t hold my breath necessarily."
In the books, Percy Jackson and his friends were around 12 years old. They were aged up to 17 for the movies. Since so much time has passed, it might be hard to get a bunch of twenty-something actors to look like teenagers. Besides, the stars are all incredibly busy in their new ventures. For example, Logan Lerman has been in hits like Noah and Fury. He has also appeared in the movie Perks of Being a Wallflower. When the Percy Jackson movies came out, he was around 17, but now he's 25 years old. While Alexandra Daddario, who played Annabeth, was recently in Baywatch with Zac Efron.
There are five books in the original series Percy Jackson and the Olympians. However, the author also published a follow-up series entitled Heroes of Olympus that happens in the same universe. Sometimes the main characters from Percy Jackson even show up! The five books are called The Lightning Thief, Sea of Monsters, Titan's Curse, Battle of the Labyrinth, and The Last Olympian.
A rumor saying that The CW Network had bought the rights to the books from 20th Century Fox has been spreading throughout the fanbase since 2013. However, there is no credible source to back this up. That means a TV show is about as unlikely as a third movie. Plus, the author confirmed on his website that the rights are still owned by 20th Century Fox.
Riordan has spent the last seven years fielding questions from fans about the possibility of another installment. He ended up including the question in his FAQ on his website. Unfortunately, he doesn’t come bearing good news.
“The rights for television/film to anything involving Percy’s world, including sequels like Heroes of Olympus and Trials of Apollo, are owned solely and forever by Fox,” Riordan wrote. “As far as I am aware, which is not very far, they have no plans to do anything further with those rights.”
After fans flooded him with messages about the CW acquisition, he tweeted “That TV show rumor is false. I have NO influence/control to make that happen.”
Me: That TV show rumor is false. I have NO influence/control to make that happen.Fan: Yeah, but is it true and can you make it happen?Me:😒— Rick Riordan (@camphalfblood) July 14, 2016
Me: That TV show rumor is false. I have NO influence/control to make that happen.Fan: Yeah, but is it true and can you make it happen?Me:😒
However, it doesn’t mean that Riordan has given up on the Percy Jackson franchise. He’s just been dedicating his time to the musical. Yep, that's right. A musical.
Yeah! After a successful off-Broadway run, The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical is going on a North American tour in 2018. Neither the cast nor tour dates have been announced yet, but you can purchase the original cast recording online and experience the book in a whole new way.
Unfortunately, yes. While Fox owns the television, movie, and video game rights to the books, the stage rights are totally different. That’s why the creators of The Percy Jackson Musical are able to produce a stage version of the books without getting a huge lawsuit dropped on them. Perhaps a successful musical will encourage Fox to do something about the movie rights.
Unfortunately, neither of the movies made their way to Netflix yet. You can, however, find them on YouTube or Amazon Video for a price. Not willing to dish out the money? We get it! You can send requests to Netflix so they'll add the movies. We can't guarantee that this'll work, but it couldn't hurt to try!
It's a total bummer that the Percy Jackson novels didn't get a proper movie franchise and that there's nothing that can be done at this point. Luckily, there are so many ways to remember the characters we once loved. The musical, Rick Riordan's new books (which sometimes feature Percy), and re-reading the old ones are all fun ways to relive the magic of Olympus.
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