Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief didn’t exactly set the box office alight when it hit screens last February, although it did earn a modest $226 million worldwide on a budget of $95 million (plus an extra $33 million on DVD/Blu-ray).
With no greenlight or mention of a sequel throughout the rest of 2010 it could have been assumed that 20th Century Fox weren’t interested in making another, however according to reports screenwriters have been hired and filming on the second film could begin as early as this summer.
From 24 Frames:
Fox 2000, the 20th Century Fox label behind the adventure franchise, is putting a follow-up project to the 2010 young-adult film in active development and could shoot it as early as this summer, according to a person who has been briefed on the project’s status but was not authorized to speak publicly about it. The movie would be subtitled “The Sea of Monsters” and derive from the second book in Rick Riordan’s five-book series.
The studio has hired Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski — who wrote “Ed Wood” and “Agent Cody Banks” — to write a script for the new film, which they are currently doing. But the person cautioned that the project is still very much at the development phase; the movie, for instance, does not yet have a director.
The site continues to say that Chris Columbus is not expected to return as director (although he will produce), however leads Logan Lerman, Brandon T. Jackson and Alexandra Daddario will be back. The second novel by Rick Riordan follows Percy and his group of friends as they head to the titular sea to find the mythical Golden Fleece and to free a friend who has been captured there.
Are you interested in seeing a second outing from Percy Jackson?