In 2010, Percy Jackson & The Olympians seemed like a slam dunk franchise. Based on a popular series of novels by Rick Riordan, and directed by the first Harry Potter director, Chris Columbus, the first film told the story of the bastard children of the Greek Pantheon who got in a series of adventures based on updated versions of popular Greek myths. The film was actually rather good, but didn't quite set the world on fire, grossing less than its budget domestically, but doubling that internationally. We bring that up because a sequel didn't seem like a sure thing afterwards. But the fates stepped in, and now we not only get Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Sea of Monsters in 2013, but we also get a serious case of Hermes, courtesy of Nathan Fillion. Hollywood Reporter had the scoop.
The second film in the series will once again find Percy (Logan Lerman) facing off against Luke (Jake Abel), this time on a quest to find The Golden Fleece, which he needs to save a magic tree that protects his summer camp. (It actually sounds a little silly when you put it like that.) Luke is the son of Fillion's character, Hermes, who was originally played by Dylan Neal ("Dawson's Creek") in the first film in the franchise. No word on the reason for the casting change, although we suspect it has something to do with the fact that they were able to get Nathan Fillion.
Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Sea of Monsters will be directed by Thor Freudenthal, who also helmed Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Hotel for Dogs. If you find that disconcerting, know that the screenplay is being adapted by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, who who also wrote Ed Wood, The People vs. Larry Flynt and the popular Stephen King adaptation 1408. And That Darn Cat, but nobody's perfect.
CraveOnline will be back with more Percy Jackson news after we get this Hermes thing checked out.