It was back in March 2009 when I first announced
that Logan Lerman would be taking over the lead role in the first film based on the popular five-part Percy Jackson & The Olympians
book series from author Rick Riordan. Directed by Harry Potter's
Chris Columbus, that movie, Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief
, opened February 12, 2010 and made over $226 million worldwide at the box office.
Fans were then eagerly awaiting a greenlight for the second film in the series, knowing that Percy Jackson
was planned as a potential franchise for distributor Twentieth-Century Fox. They waited...and waited...until rumors began to spread that there would be no "sequel" after all. Within the industry, however, that kind of talk made little sense. The picture was a success by any measure. The fact is, many factors have to come together before such a massive project can be officially underway. In order for a movie to go into development a quality script must be delivered. Then financing can be obtained and the wheels set in motion to move the film into the next stage of production.
On February 10 I received the long-awaited confirmation that the next film, Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters
(current title), was heading into the first development phase with the preparation of a script. Since I only had one source I did not post the news here but did mention it elsewhere. Needless to say, my information was met with skepticism. Today my sources are reporting (and the Los Angeles Times
has confirmed) that the film has moved into what some are calling "active development."
The producers must still hire a director before the film can move into pre-production, when casting directors find the actors, the rest of the crew signs on, location scouts decide where the film will be shot, and sets are built. Once those elements are in place the movie officially moves into production and filming takes place.
The movie is being produced by Chris Columbus' 1492 Pictures and Karen Rosenfelt's Sunswept Entertainment (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn
). A director is yet to be named but Columbus is not expected to be back at the helm. The script is being written by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (Ed Wood, Agent Cody Banks
). Logan Lerman is the only cast member officially on board at the moment although most of the principals from the first film are expected to sign on. Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters
may commence production this summer. Specific filming dates, shooting locations, etc. are still to be determined.