Fans are anxiously awaiting for the “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” Disney+ series to start producing, but today executive producer Rick Riordan took to his blog to explain what is happening with the series.
While Rick wasn’t able to give much away, he did confirm that they are currently looking for a director for the show. To fulfil being a director of the series, Rick explained there are four key things they are looking for:
- Are they available? There are so many fabulous directors, but they are all insanely busy on different projects. We have to find someone who happens to have room in their schedule at the same time that we would be making Percy, which is not an easy task in itself.
- Are they able and willing to work with young actors? As a middle school teacher, I can appreciate that working with kids isn’t for everyone. You have to have the right temperament and a great deal of patience. You have to be a teacher as well as a director.
- Are they someone the folks at Disney can get excited about and feel confident about? The show will be a huge investment. That means the folks at the studio and streaming service want to feel like our director is the absolute best person for the job who can deliver a super show. Fair enough!
- Are they someone who knows, loves and understands the Percy Jackson source material? That is critical, for obvious reasons. We know PJO has its own character, tone and personality. We have to find someone who gets that, and who works well with the team we already have in place.
Finding a director is the final step before they can start casting. Riordan states, “When this series moves forward (fingers and toes crossed, of course) I am confident it will be the show we’ve been waiting for.”
We have no release window for this series, but are hopeful it will be soon.