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“Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief” was one of many young adult novels that surfaced a couple of years ago and made it to the big screen, with the studio hoping for a franchise similar to “Harry Potter”. (You’ve got a young protagonist, fantasy elements, magic, etc. Basically, “Harry Potter” without the accent.) The film didn’t exactly achieve “Harry Potter” levels of success, but apparently its $226 million worldwide gross (from a $95 million production budget) was more than enough for Fox 2000 to greenlight a sequel.
The studio has now attached a director to the sequel in Thor Freudenthal (“Diary of a Wimpy Kid”), and has already assigned writers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski to adapt the second movie based on Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series of books.
The second movie is expected to be based on Riordan’s “The Sea of Monsters”, which sees Percy and his group of friends seeking out the mythical Golden Fleece in order to free an imprisoned friend. Although most of the plot will be taken from “Monsters”, apparently elements from Riordan’s other Percy Jackson books will also be added to the sequel.
Logan Lerman, the star of the first movie, is expected back for the sequel. Franchise-maker Chris Columbus, who directed the first movie, will return as producer. It’ll be curious to see if co-star Alexandra Daddario (below) will also return, though. Of the young cast, she’s played much older characters in “White Collar” and even more recently, “Hall Pass”.
Expect the sequel as early as 2012.