Percy Jackson proves it isn't a Greek tragedy as storming Disney Plus show lands season 2 renewal (2024)

Percy Jackson proves it isn't a Greek tragedy as storming Disney Plus show lands season 2 renewal (1)

Rick Riordan, creator of the Percy Jackson and the Olympian series, has a message for fans of the books and the show: "Raise anchors. Hoist the mainsail. All hands on deck, demigods. We’re heading for the Sea of Monsters!” It's a lovely way to confirm that season two of Percy Jackson and the Olympians has been greenlit by Disney Plus, and Riordan for one can't wait for you to see it.

The news isn't a huge surprise, because the first season got big viewing numbers on the best streaming service and attracted rave reviews. But it was still a Star Wars-scale bet by the streamer, and that means it must have been squeaky bum time for the show's creators when the first episode aired. However, the show has been a huge hit: according to Disney boss Bob Iger, the first season has been streamed for more than 110 million hours on Disney Plus and Hulu.

Percy Jackson season 2: what we know so far

So far, we don't really know very much – but Walter Scobell, who plays the titular Jackson, did tease everybody a little last month by saying "I hope that we’re out in the sun a lot, so I’m not transparent anymore! I’m guessing since we’re outside a lot, we’re probably going to be more on location. So it’ll be fun to be there and be close to the water, be outside, touch grass".

Scobell returns as the teenage Jackson, a young man who just happens to be a modern demigod too. The first season saw him trying to deal with the whole having-major-powers stuff while also upsetting sky god Zeus, who accused him of stealing the god's master lightning bolt. Along with his friends Annabeth and Grover, Jackson set out on a pan-American trek to find the lightning bolt and save Olympus.

The first season is currently sitting at 92% on Rotten Tomatoes with tons of good reviews – it may not break much new ground but it's a fun and entertaining epic. According to Empire: "With a charming central trio, an intriguing quest and plenty of magical moments, this faithful reboot is a fun (if familiar) family-friendly fantasy."

It's also a particular win for younger kids, says the Sydney Morning Herald, whose Craig Mathieson says that "what I like most about this adaptation of the first novel in Rick Riordan’s best-selling fantasy series is that it speaks to the audience the books were written for: younger primary school students".

Many reviewers found that it was a better adaptation than the film version: Zack Kram of The Ringer and Lauren Coates of the Chicago Reader both referenced the film, with Coates saying that "It remains imperfect, but this Disney Plus adaptation caters much more to devoted fans than the 2010s movie" and Kram saying much the same: "The new series isn’t flawless, but it does much more justice to Rick Riordan’s YA novels than the failed movie version." And Robert Lloyd of the LA Times loved it. "Percy Jackson is witty without diminishing the emotional gravity of the material and does a lovely job of mixing its extraordinary and ordinary worlds," he says.

It looks like Disney has found a winning formula here, and that means our hopes are high for the second season: if any show can capture lightning twice, it's this one.

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Percy Jackson proves it isn't a Greek tragedy as storming Disney Plus show lands season 2 renewal (2024)


Is season 2 of Percy Jackson coming out? ›

Is Percy Jackson and the Olympians coming back for season 2? The gods, or rather the mouse, have spoken! Percy Jackson and the Olympians will be coming back for season 2, Disney+ announced on February 7, 2024.

What happened to the Percy Jackson series on Disney plus? ›

“Percy Jackson and the Olympians” has been renewed for its second season at Disney+. As announced on Disney's latest quarterly earnings call by CEO Bob Iger, Season 1 has been streamed for over 110 million hours across both Disney+ and Hulu.

How much does Percy Jackson cost per episode? ›

(Reports have speculated that “Percy Jackson” cost between $12 million and $15 million per episode.

Who will be the new Zeus in Percy Jackson? ›

Summary. The creative team of Percy Jackson and The Olympians is not ready to recast the role of Zeus following the death of actor Lance Reddick. Executive producer Jon Steinberg admits there is denial and a sense of gratitude for Reddick's work in crafting the character.

How old is Percy in Percy Jackson 2? ›

This book chronicles the adventures of thirteen-year-old demigod Percy Jackson as he and his friends rescue his satyr friend Grover from the Cyclops Polyphemus and save Camp Half-Blood from a Titan's attack by bringing the Golden Fleece to cure Thalia's poisoned pine tree.

Did Grover find Pan? ›

Satyrs like Grover have been searching for him ever since, believing he is still alive. Grover eventually finds Pan in the fourth book, but the god is on the brink of death.

Why did they cancel Percy Jackson? ›

Percy Jackson movies disappointed fans and performed poorly at the box office, leading to the abandonment of Percy Jackson 3. The Percy Jackson TV show on Disney+ offers a chance for a faithful adaptation of the books, with the author's involvement ensuring a true-to-source material approach.

Who plays Zeus in Percy Jackson? ›

More Stories By Katherine. The Percy Jackson and the Olympians team isn't quite ready to look for a new Zeus. In the Season 1 finale of the Disney+ series, the late Lance Reddick played the Greek god in an extensive scene with series lead Walker Scobell, as Percy faces Zeus atop Mount Olympus.

Who is Zeus Percy Jackson? ›

Zeus is a supporting character in the Disney+ series Percy Jackson and the Olympians. He is the God of Lightning and the Skies and rules all of Olympus. He is also the father of Ares.

Who plays Medusa in the new Percy Jackson? ›

Medusa debuts in Percy Jackson and the Olympians episode 3, "We Visit the Garden Gnome Emporium," as portrayed by actress Jessica Parker Kennedy, who previously starred alongside another actor from the Disney+ series in a pirate show from 2014.

How much did Percy Jackson weigh? ›

Percy weighs 171 lbs. He's pretty muscular but in a slim, swimmer kind of way. He has really long limbs. He has really muscular shoulders and abs.

Who plays Medusa in Percy Jackson? ›

Jessica Parker Kennedy, who plays Medusa in the Disney+ show Percy Jackson and the Olympians, didn't have much fun with the show's special effects. The fantasy elements of the series require a lot of special effects.

Who replaced Zeus? ›

In Greek mythology, Hera is the goddess of women, marriage, family and childbirth and the sister and wife of Zeus. Hera being Zeus' female counterpart and successor may be an allusion to their two mythological namesakes being married.

Who replaced Hestia in Olympus? ›

Unlike her more prominent younger siblings, Hestia never sought power. When her nephew Dionysus was accepted as one of the Twelve Olympians, she willingly gave up her throne to him and took to constantly tending the sacred hearth.

Who is the new actor for Poseidon in Percy Jackson? ›

It's been a long time coming but finally we've met Poseidon in Percy Jackson and the Olympians! Actor Toby Stephens has taken on the role of Percy's father in the show, with episode 7 giving us a flashback to his and Sally Jackson's (Virginia Kull) relationship all those years ago.

Will there be a season 3 of Percy Jackson? ›

The Percy Jackson movies brought Rick Riordan's best-selling children's books to life, but Disney opted not to produce Percy Jackson 3, and instead, created a TV series adapting the novels several years later.

What year did Percy Jackson 2 come out? ›

On October 12, 2011, it was announced that the film would be released on March 26, 2013. On April 6, it was announced that the movie was pushed up to August 7, 2013.

Is Percy Jackson 2 on Disney? ›

'Percy Jackson and the Olympians' Renewed at Disney+

Season two of the series will be based on 'The Sea of Monsters,' the second novel in author Rick Riordan's quintet.

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