Percy Jackson (film series)

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Percy Jackson & the Olympians
Directed byChris Columbus (1)
Thor Freudenthal (2)
Produced byMichael Barnathan (1–2)
Karen Rosenfelt (1–2)
Chris Columbus (1-2)
Mark Radcliffe (1)
Screenplay byCraig Titley (1)
Marc Guggenheim (2)
Based onPercy Jackson & the Olympians 
by Rick Riordan
StarringLogan Lerman
Brandon T. Jackson
Alexandra Daddario
Jake Abel
Music byChristophe Beck (1)
Andrew Lockington (2)
CinematographyStephen Goldblatt (1)
Shelly Johnson (2)
Editing byPeter Honess (1)
Mark Goldblatt (2)
Studio1492 Pictures
Sunswept Entertainment
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release dates2010 – present
Running time224 minutes
CountryUnited States
Canada
LanguageEnglish
Budget$95 million (1)
$90 million (2)
Box office$425,743,893
 
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Percy Jackson & the Olympians
Directed byChris Columbus (1)
Thor Freudenthal (2)
Produced byMichael Barnathan (1–2)
Karen Rosenfelt (1–2)
Chris Columbus (1-2)
Mark Radcliffe (1)
Screenplay byCraig Titley (1)
Marc Guggenheim (2)
Based onPercy Jackson & the Olympians 
by Rick Riordan
StarringLogan Lerman
Brandon T. Jackson
Alexandra Daddario
Jake Abel
Music byChristophe Beck (1)
Andrew Lockington (2)
CinematographyStephen Goldblatt (1)
Shelly Johnson (2)
Editing byPeter Honess (1)
Mark Goldblatt (2)
Studio1492 Pictures
Sunswept Entertainment
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release dates2010 – present
Running time224 minutes
CountryUnited States
Canada
LanguageEnglish
Budget$95 million (1)
$90 million (2)
Box office$425,743,893

Percy Jackson & the Olympians (also known as simply Percy Jackson) is an American feature film series based on the novel series of the same name written by the author Rick Riordan. The series is distributed by 20th Century Fox, produced by 1492 Pictures and currently consists of two installments. The first film, Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010), was directed by Chris Columbus, of Harry Potter fame, and was released on February 12, 2010 and met with mixed reviews but was a relative commercial success and grossed almost $227 million worldwide against a budget of $95 million. The second installment, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013) was announced in October 2011. It was originally intended to be released in March 2013 but was instead pushed back to August 7, 2013, and was directed by Diary of a Wimpy Kid director Thor Freudenthal. Like its predecessor the film received mixed reviews from critics and has grossed over $200 million worldwide so far contrary to a budget of $90 million, and is currently still in theatres and is yet to release in certain major commercial markets. The series has been a commercial success and as of December 5, 2013 (2013-12-05) it has grossed almost $430 million at the worldwide box office against a combined budget of $185 million. The movie earned Logan Lerman praise for his performance.

The films follow the adventures of demigod Percy Jackson and his comrades at the demigod training ground of Camp Half-Blood. In the first film, Percy must go on a quest to save his mother from the underworld and prove his innocence when he is accused of being the lightning thief. The second film revolves around Percy’s escapade as he must retrieve the legendary golden fleece from the sea of monsters, or the Bermuda triangle, which is the only thing that will save the camp from the forces of darkness.

Production[edit]

The Lightning Thief[edit]

In June 2004, 20th, Century Fox acquired the film rights to the book. In April 2007, director Chris Columbus was hired to lead at the helm of the project. Filming began in April 2009 in Vancouver while other portions of the film were shot at the Parthenon in Nashville, Tennessee; A full-scale replica of the original Parthenon in Athens. Filming wrapped up on the morning of July 25, 2009 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Digital intermediate work began in San Francisco in November 2009. Christopher Beck composed the soundtrack. Chris Columbus has stated that each member of the cast were chosen specifically with sequels in mind. "I think with Percy Jackson it was a matter of finding the right cast to fit into these roles, sort of the perfect cast for these roles, because hopefully, God willing, we will go on to do other Percy Jackson films and you want the cast to grow with their characters." All the lead actors had signed for three films during the shooting.

The Sea of Monsters[edit]

It was revealed on the 749th issue (February 3, 2011) of an online subscription magazine, Production Weekly, that the film is currently in production. Another source said that the lead cast members from the first movie are expected to return for their roles. Chris Columbus did not return as director, though produced the movie together with Karen Rosenfelt, producer of the The Twilight Saga film series. Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski were hired as the scriptwriters. On June 16, 2011, it was announced that Thor Freudenthal will be directing the film with production beginning on April 12, 2012. On October 12, 2011, it was announced that the film will be released on March 26, 2013, but on May 31, 2012, it was announced that the movie had been pushed back to August 16, 2013. On April 6, it was announced that the movie was pushed up to August 7, 2013. On January 13, 2012, a brand new production list was released and stated that the movie will film between April 26, 2012 - July 11, 2012 with scenes being filmed in Vancouver, B.C. and New Orleans, Louisiana. Filming wrapped up in July 2012, but then started again in January 2013 for reshoots. Filming was officially wrapped up on January 20, 2013.

Films[edit]

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010)[edit]

In June 2004, 20th Century Fox acquired feature film rights to the book.[1] In April 2007, director Chris Columbus was hired to helm the project.[2] Filming began in April 2009 in Vancouver.[3] The film was released on February 12, 2010 and was met with mixed reviews upon release and was a commercial success and grossed almost $227 million at the worldwide box office against a budget of $95 million. The plot revolves around a sixteen year old Percy Jackson who discovers that he is the son of Poseidon, Greek God of the sea, and goes to Camp Half-Blood, a training camp for demigods, the half mortal children of Greek gods. When Percy's mom is kidnapped by Hades, and Percy is accused of stealing Zeus' lightning bolt, Percy and his friends go on a quest to rescue his mom from the underworld, leading them across America to find Persephone's pearls, while proving that Percy is not the lightning thief and is innocent.

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Sea of Monsters (2013)[edit]

In October 2011, 20th Century Fox announced a sequel based on the second book, The Sea of Monsters.[4] The film has concluded filming, and was released on August 7, 2013. Percy Jackson, son of Greek god Poseidon, discovers he has a half-brother, Tyson, and embarks on a journey with his friends to retrieve the Golden Fleece to save a magical tree containing the spirit of Zeus's daughter Thalia who died at the gates of Camp Half-Blood while saving Annabeth, Luke and Grover. This tree protects their training ground, Camp Half-Blood. They must travel to the Sea of Monsters to save it, and find the challenges that may await them. The film, like its predecessor received mixed reviews from critics upon release and has managed to gross more than $200 million at the worldwide box office against a budget of $90 million and is currently running in theaters. It has not yet been released in certain major commercial markets.

Recurring characters[edit]

CharacterFilm
The Lightning Thief
(2010)[5]
The Sea of Monsters
(2013)[6]

Main Characters[edit]

Percy JacksonLogan Lerman
Annabeth ChaseAlexandra Daddario
Grover UnderwoodBrandon T. Jackson
Thalia GracePaloma Kwiatkowski
Luke CastellanJake Abel
Mr. Brunner/Chiron KentavrosPierce BrosnanAnthony Head[7]
Tyson Douglas Smith[8]

Gods and Titans[edit]

ZeusSean BeanSean Bean (picture)
PoseidonKevin McKiddKevin McKidd (picture)
HadesSteve Coogan 
HeraErica Cerra 
AthenaMelina Kanakaredes 
HermesDylan NealNathan Fillion[9]
DemeterStefanie von Pfetten 
ApolloDimitri Lekkos 
ArtemisOna Grauer 
Mr. D/DionysusLuke CamilleriStanley Tucci
AresRay Winstone 
AphroditeSerinda Swan 
HephaestusConrad Coates 
Kronos Robert Knepper

Camp Half-Blood Demigods[edit]

Clarisse La Rue Leven Rambin
Chris Rodriguez Grey Damon
Silena Beauregard Zoe Aggeliki
Ethan Nakamura Danny Le Boyer

Mythical creatures[edit]

MedusaUma Thurman 
CharonJulian Richings 
Mrs. Dodds/AlectoMaria Olsen 

Mortals[edit]

Sally JacksonCatherine Keener 
Gabe UglianoJoe Pantoliano 

Flashbacks[edit]

Young Annabeth Chase Alisha Newton
Young Grover Underwood Bjorn Yearwood
Young Thalia GraceKatelyn Mager
Young Luke Castellan Samuel Braun
Note: A gray cell indicates character did not appear in that medium.


Reception[edit]

Box office performance[edit]

FilmRelease dateBox office revenueBox office rankingBudgetReference
US & CanadaOther CountriesWorldwideAll time US & CanadaAll time Worldwide
The Lightning ThiefFebruary 12, 2010$88,768,303$137,728,906$226,497,209#637#448$95,000,000[10]
The Sea of MonstersAugust 7, 2013$68,384,892$133,541,863$201,926,755N/AN/A$90,000,000[11]
Total$155,762,277$263,327,772$428,372,390

Critical reception[edit]

FilmRotten TomatoesMetacritic
The Lightning Thief49% (141 reviews)[12]47% (31 reviews)[13]
The Sea of Monsters38% (97 reviews)[14]39% (35 reviews)[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brodesser, Claude (June 23, 2004). "'Lightning Thief' strikes Maverick". Variety. Archived from the original on May 15, 2009. Retrieved May 15, 2009. 
  2. ^ Gilstrap, Peter (April 17, 2007). "Columbus struck by 'Lightning'". Variety. Archived from the original on May 15, 2009. Retrieved May 15, 2009. 
  3. ^ Siegel, Tatiana (March 25, 2009). "Fox 2000 bulks up 'Percy Jackson'". Variety. Archived from the original on May 15, 2009. Retrieved May 15, 2009. 
  4. ^ Percy Jackson: The Sea of Monsters Gets a Release Date!
  5. ^ "Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief". IMDB. Retrieved 10 February 2010. 
  6. ^ "Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Sea of Monsters". Reelz Channel. Retrieved 10 February 2010. 
  7. ^ "Anthony Head to Play Chiron in 'Percy Jackson' Sequel". Retrieved 2012-03-21. 
  8. ^ "'Percy' sequel zeroes in on Smith". Retrieved 2012-03-21. 
  9. ^ "Nathan Fillion to Play Hermes in 'Percy Jackson' Sequel". Retrieved 2012-03-21. 
  10. ^ "Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved August 31, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Sea of Monsters (2013)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved August 31, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved August 31, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved August 31, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Sea of Monsters". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved August 31, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Sea of Monsters Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved August 31, 2013.