Why Rick Riordan Offered to Rewrite the 2010 ‘Percy Jackson’ Movie Script

by Jeremy Spirogis
Brandon T. Jackson, Alexandra Daddario, and Logan Lerman at the premiere of

For followers of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians sequence, May 14 was a great day for you. Author Rick Riordan introduced that after months of onerous work, Disney+ will produce a tv sequence rebooting the 2010 film. He famous that will probably be a “faithful” adaptation and “of the highest quality.” And what’s totally different about this adaptation is that Riordan will even have a variety of say in the way it seems. 

If it wasn’t apparent, he didn’t have that form of sway in when the movies had been made. In reality, he supplied to rewrite and work on the script. But 20th Century Fox didn’t take him up on the provide. Here’s why he wished to transform the script: it was “horrible.’

Brandon T. Jackson, Alexandra Daddario, and Logan Lerman at the premiere of 'Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief' on February 4, 2010 in New York City
Brandon T. Jackson, Alexandra Daddario, and Logan Lerman on the premiere of ‘Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief’ on February 4, 2010 in New York City | Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images

Riordan stated that he had little to no enter on the movie, regardless of emails that expressed points with the script 

On Riordan’s web site, he wrote a post in 2018 that touched on followers’ adamant need for a rebooted Percy Jackson sequence. Whether that was with Netflix, or elsewhere, Riordan let followers know that he’d probably don’t have any enter. 

He defined that the movie rights for Percy Jackson “had been signed away earlier than the primary PJO e-book was even revealed.” He additionally revealed that the majority authors have so much much less management over an adaptation than readers may assume. “Hollywood controls all things and all decisions about the movie,” he wrote. 

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Riordan stated he was “indeed consulted at some points,” however finally he wasn’t proud of the scripts they gave him. He tried to present suggestions, however judging by e-mail accounts he included, the studio and writers didn’t take his recommendation.

Riordan despatched in a really detailed listing to producers with notes on the 2010 ‘Percy Jackson’ script starring Logan Lerman

In the post, Riordan shared emails he despatched to producers on the Percy Jackson film in 2009. In them, he informed the producers that the “script as a whole is terrible.” He conceded that there have been good components, but it surely wasn’t good general. 

For one, he stated that the story of Percy Jackson was modified a lot it was on the “point of being almost unrecognizable as the same story.” Things change in e-book diversifications; that’s regular. But aside from names and the essential premise, the film had nothing else in frequent. Riordan was not shy in telling them this. 

He additionally, point-blank, informed them how followers would react. “Fans of the books will be angry and disappointed,” he wrote. “They will leave the theater in droves and generate horrible word of mouth.” He wasn’t unsuitable, as a decade later followers need a devoted adaptation. 

He additionally stated that one of many largest faults the writers made was making the characters 17. Riordan knew that getting older the characters up previous 16 would “kill” any likelihood at a franchise, which it finally did. It additionally didn’t enable for the film to focus round Percy’s prophecy which is. This is, in fact, a side that’s important in mythology and Percy’s general story. 

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Riordan supplied to transform the script as a result of he precisely predicted how followers would react

He wrote that even outdoors of being near his novel or not, that it didn’t even work as a daily film. “The plot has been chopped up so thoroughly that it no longer holds together,” Riordan wrote. 

Because of this, Riordan supplied to transform the script himself. Even although he listed out the various points the script had, he may nonetheless discover methods to make it “palatable to fans and the general movie-going audience.”

The portrayal of Luke was one other subject for Riordan. He famous that he was a “sniveling little slimeball” and got here throughout as an apparent villain. Another was Percy and Annabeth’s romance, which wasn’t nuanced and method too apparent within the film. In the rewrite, he wished to revamp the dialogue too, which didn’t “sparkle” sufficient. 

In the top, Riordan prompt to “get another writer who has actually read the book and can make the necessary changes,” however he additionally wrote that he would solely belief himself to do a rewrite “correctly.” 

He additionally took down the script even additional, and write that he didn’t must be “the Oracle of Delphi” to guess who the followers would react if the script wasn’t fastened. “You will lose the fans of the series 100%, but more importantly the script will fail to impress even regular moviegoers who haven’t read the book,” Riordan wrote. He, in fact, was appropriate.

He wrote within the weblog post that, with something Percy Jackson associated sooner or later, if he’s selling it on-line, he’s proud of it. So in contrast to the 2010 movie, which has no place on his web site, he’s making inexperienced display screen movies on his private social media for the Disney+ sequence. This is nice information for Riordan and followers of the books.

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