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A Percy Jackson sequel on the fast-track at Fox?

03.02.2011

I had mostly assumed that PERCY JACKSON would be another entry in the seemingly endless list of fantasy films that wanted to be a franchise but never got past their first installment (somewhere alongside ERAGON, CITY OF EMBER, THE SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES and THE GOLDEN COMPASS). But Fox is putting a PERCY JACKSON sequel into active development and have hired Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (AGENT CODY BANKS) to adapt the second book in the series "The Sea of Monsters."

The original film was directed by Chris Columbus and performed respectfully but at $89 million, probably less than what Fox had expected. The original film's star Logan Lerman, once thought to the be the frontrunner for the SPIDER-MAN reboot gig that Andrew Garfield wound up getting, is set to return for the sequel. He's obviously contractually obligated to return but one of the chief complaints of the first film amongst fans of the books was that Percy was aged from a 12-year-old to a high school senior. Keeping Lerman, who will likely be 20 by the time filming begins, will only further exacerbate those issues and alienate young fans of the franchise (let's not even mention that co-star Brandon T. Jackson will almost be 30-years-old).

Columbus is not expected to return to direct the film, though he will produce, as he did once he left the HARRY POTTER franchise. The studio has not yet gone out to directors with the gig but if the script goes well, filming could begin later this year.

Source: LA Times

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10:46AM on 03/03/2011

Villain?

The movie was OK as long as you hadn't read the book. But on that note, will be interesting to see how they handle the villain aingle seeing as Percy killed Luke with a triton through the throat in the 1st movie...
The movie was OK as long as you hadn't read the book. But on that note, will be interesting to see how they handle the villain aingle seeing as Percy killed Luke with a triton through the throat in the 1st movie...
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9:21PM on 03/02/2011
I dig fantasy and can overlook pretty big blunders in fantasy films and still find something to enjoy. But I'm really surprised that some of you found anything to like in that convoluted boring mess of Percy Jackson.
I dig fantasy and can overlook pretty big blunders in fantasy films and still find something to enjoy. But I'm really surprised that some of you found anything to like in that convoluted boring mess of Percy Jackson.
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9:17PM on 03/02/2011

Artemis Fowl

is the one that can fill the Potter-void. Those books are great fun and are super cinematic.
is the one that can fill the Potter-void. Those books are great fun and are super cinematic.
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7:59PM on 03/02/2011
I'm all for it, as long as Fox continues to make the Narnia sequels as well. It would suck to not see the franchise end, after getting so close.
I'm all for it, as long as Fox continues to make the Narnia sequels as well. It would suck to not see the franchise end, after getting so close.
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7:48PM on 03/02/2011

A StudioThat Gets It Right

Never read the books, but they say the first movie doesn't follow the book that well. Well, I guess that would be a plus in terms of prospects for a sequel based on the second book, to those who doubt this will be good. Fox knows a good franchise when they see one, and Percy Jackson is about as entertaining as they come. Heck, this could be the Austin Powers of fantasy films(in terms of box office performance). Bottom line, Percy Jackson's a good one.
Never read the books, but they say the first movie doesn't follow the book that well. Well, I guess that would be a plus in terms of prospects for a sequel based on the second book, to those who doubt this will be good. Fox knows a good franchise when they see one, and Percy Jackson is about as entertaining as they come. Heck, this could be the Austin Powers of fantasy films(in terms of box office performance). Bottom line, Percy Jackson's a good one.
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7:43PM on 03/02/2011

Okay...

Eventhough I enjoyed the first film I don't feel the need for the second part (which I'm reading now). But with so many unnecesary films and sequels being made nowadays, this one wouldn't hurt that much.
Eventhough I enjoyed the first film I don't feel the need for the second part (which I'm reading now). But with so many unnecesary films and sequels being made nowadays, this one wouldn't hurt that much.
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4:11PM on 03/02/2011
the first had it's moments and the cast was really solid (sean bean/brosnan --hey goldeneye!-- thurman, jackson, coogan, dawson)

so if they can improve upon the original and make it more like the books then I'm game.
the first had it's moments and the cast was really solid (sean bean/brosnan --hey goldeneye!-- thurman, jackson, coogan, dawson)

so if they can improve upon the original and make it more like the books then I'm game.
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1:33PM on 03/02/2011

TERRIBLE IDEA

I read the books and saw the movie (since the end of the Harry Potter series has left a void that nothing can fill), and it's not that bad of a series, but the second book in the series is just plain awful. The entire book is basically the kid going through everything Odysseus went through in The Odyssey (Circe, the Sirens, the Cyclops), and NOTHING ELSE! I dont get how it was published. If they adapt this book, I guarantee it is going to flop big time, and the studio will lose a lot of money.
I read the books and saw the movie (since the end of the Harry Potter series has left a void that nothing can fill), and it's not that bad of a series, but the second book in the series is just plain awful. The entire book is basically the kid going through everything Odysseus went through in The Odyssey (Circe, the Sirens, the Cyclops), and NOTHING ELSE! I dont get how it was published. If they adapt this book, I guarantee it is going to flop big time, and the studio will lose a lot of money.

And if they're going to continue a franchise they should have made the the sequel to Golden Compass. I thought that was way better than Narnia, which is also a franchise that surprisingly wont die either.
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1:35PM on 03/02/2011
You couldn't find anything other than Percy Jackson to fill the Harry Potter void? What, have you read 99.9% of all other fantasy fiction?
You couldn't find anything other than Percy Jackson to fill the Harry Potter void? What, have you read 99.9% of all other fantasy fiction?
1:46PM on 03/02/2011
Well once i heard it was being made into a movie i figured it might be worth it. But yeah, I have read a lot of fantasy fiction too.
Well once i heard it was being made into a movie i figured it might be worth it. But yeah, I have read a lot of fantasy fiction too.
12:38PM on 03/02/2011
Whatever. Will this one feature the Eggplant Wizard?
Whatever. Will this one feature the Eggplant Wizard?
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10:58AM on 03/02/2011
Sweet. I liked the first, bring it on.
Sweet. I liked the first, bring it on.
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10:27AM on 03/02/2011

Really?!

I heard the first one was garbage and the trailer insulted my intelligence.
I heard the first one was garbage and the trailer insulted my intelligence.
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7:40PM on 03/02/2011
your intelligence must be negligible
your intelligence must be negligible
10:09AM on 03/02/2011
Well, the first one was entertaining but WAS NOT a Percy Jackson adaptation (there was almost nothing from the book on the screen... A classical "adapting books and comics the FOX way").
Still, I'm not against a sequel...
Well, the first one was entertaining but WAS NOT a Percy Jackson adaptation (there was almost nothing from the book on the screen... A classical "adapting books and comics the FOX way").
Still, I'm not against a sequel...
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10:06AM on 03/02/2011
Worldwide it did just over $220million so if they keep costs about what they were on this one (about $90million) they might be able to do something.
Worldwide it did just over $220million so if they keep costs about what they were on this one (about $90million) they might be able to do something.
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9:47AM on 03/02/2011
I bet it still sucks.

Out of all the movies to get sequels, this one does? I don't get it.
I bet it still sucks.

Out of all the movies to get sequels, this one does? I don't get it.
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9:36AM on 03/02/2011
I watched the first one because of Uma Thurman and greek mythology and I think it is pretty entertaining. The movie held up pretty good at box office and in home video, so I don't see why Fox shouldn't give the francise a second chance...
I watched the first one because of Uma Thurman and greek mythology and I think it is pretty entertaining. The movie held up pretty good at box office and in home video, so I don't see why Fox shouldn't give the francise a second chance...
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