‘Percy Jackson’ Author Denounces Past Films, Optimistic for Disney+ Adaptation

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Percy Jackson and the Olympians is coming to Disney+. Inside the Magic reported last month that a deal was reached between Disney and series author Rick Riordan to make a Disney+ original series each season apparently covering one of the five books.

This will be the second screen adaptation attempt of this book series, but to Riordan, it will be the only one that matters to him. In fact, he refuses to see the first two Percy Jackson movies previously made by 20th Century Fox.

The author took to Twitter and did not mince words with his followers:

He tweeted, “Well, to you guys, it’s a couple hours entertainment. To me, it’s my life’s work going through a meat grinder when I pleaded with them not to do it. So yeah. But it’s fine. All fine. We’re gonna fix it soon…”

That Tweet was the center of a three-part rant by Riordan which began when a fan asked about why Disney+ was censoring the first film, The Lightning Thief. He responded by saying “I don’t know, but clearly it’s a mistake. They should censor the entire thing. Just two hours of blank screen.”


He ended it by explaining that not only that he does not like the films, but he refuses to ever see them. He also makes it clear that he has nothing against the actors chosen for the roles. Rather, his dissatisfaction was at the direction of the entire story.

He wrote: “Finally, I still have not seen the movies, and don’t plan on ever doing so. I judge them from having read the scripts, because I care most about the story. I certainly have nothing against the very talented actors. Not their fault. I’m just sorry they got dragged into that mess.”

Riordan’s tweet rant shows insight into the disappointment an author could feel for his life’s work. But it appears that while he refuses to acknowledge the original film and its sequel, Sea of Monsters, he is very optimistic about the future of the franchise with Disney+ and a second chance for him to properly adapt his Greek Mythology book series for the screen.

At this time, there is still very little known about Disney+ Percy Jackson series. Only time will reveal more information.

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Are you excited for the Percy Jackson Disney + series? What do you think about the previous two movies? Let us know in the comments!

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