Rumors have been swirling around the fate of the Percy Jackson series in theaters after the release of the first movie, Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, didn’t perform as well as some had hoped. However, word hit earlier this year that the second film had been licensed and was proceeding into pre-production. The movie studio behind the flick, 20th Century Fox, has finally announced an expected release date for the second film in the five-film series: March 27, 2013.
The release date news may come as a shock to some fans, as the film had been rumored to have a 2012 release date for some time. However, March isn’t too far into 2013 — and with the movie still in pre-production, it’d be quite a push to get the film into theaters any time before 2013.
Logan Lerman is set to reprise his role as Percy — but that’s about all we know of the film’s cast and crew so far. The first film’s director, Chris Columbus (of Harry Potter fame), is unconfirmed for the second flick.
Need a reminder on what the second Percy Jackson book/film is all about? Take a gander:
Percy Jackson’s second grade year has been surprisingly quiet. Not a single monster has set foot on his New York prep-school campus. But when an innocent game of dodgeball among Percy and his classmates turns into a death match against an ugly gang of cannibal giants, things get… well, ugly. And the unexpected arrival of Percy’s friend Annabeth brings more bad news: the magical borders that protect Camp Half-Blood have been poisoned by a mysterious enemy, and unless a cure is found, the only safe haven for demigods will be destroyed.
Fans of the book series have been worried about future Percy films for a while, ever since discovering the substantial plot changes in the first movie. Do you think they can continue on with the series given what they left out or changed in the first film? Are you still excited for the second film?