Fans of Rick Riordan‘s Percy Jackson series are getting hyped at the idea of a fresh on-screen start, and they got a surprising response to their efforts!
The rights to the Percy Jackson series were owned by 20th Century Fox, which released Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters in 2010 and 2013, respectively. The movies received a lukewarm response, largely due to massive deviations from the source material. However, when 20th Century Fox was sold to Disney, the rights to Percy Jackson went with it– giving a whole new slew of film and television creators the opportunity to adapt the world with some of the best movie-making technology out there.
In an effort to bring attention to the neglected opportunities, demigods rallied on Twitter and got #DisneyAdaptPercyJackson trending. The movement was completely organic– without any stars or companies pushing it.
The response? A surprising message from Rick Riordan that basically boils down to “I’m working on it!”
Of course, talks with the “powers-that-be” don’t guarantee a new adaptation for film or television. Disney has plenty of offers on their plate after all. But a strong, coincidental showing of fans support surely can’t hurt the prospects of a new adaptation.
You know what that means: Keep on tweeting that hashtag!