According to the LA Times blog, 24 Frames, Fox has hired Thor Freudenthal to direct the upcoming sequel to the 2010 box office success, Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightening Thief. The sequel, which will be based off of Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Sea of Monsters, will once again star Logan Lerman as Percy Jackson. Lerman has signed a three-movie contract with Fox.
Freudenthal is best known for his middlegrade films Hotel For Dogs and Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Chris Columbus, director of the first Percy Jackson movie, will remain on as producer of the sequel. The writing team has also been through a bit of an upheaval. Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, the writers of Ed Wood and the popular Agent Cody Banks, have been brought on to write a script. Things are moving quickly and according to 24 Frames, the sequel should be out as soon as 2012. Perhaps the hurry is over the fact that Logan Lerman is already 19 years old, and the character Percy began as a 12 year old boy – though the first movie aged him to 17. With this tight timeline and change in creative leadership, Fox is hoping to bring in more of the book’s fans to also sign onto being avid followers of this movie series.