Fox 2000 is at work assembling a sequel to last year’s Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief which could start shooting as early as next summer. The studio has signed Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (1408) to adapt the second novel in Rick Riordan’s fantasy series, titled The Sea of Monsters. Lightning Thief director Chris Columbus is not expected to step behind the camera again, but he will remain on board as producer. Logan Lerman will return as Percy Jackson, and 24 Frames suggests the other leads will follow suit. Lerman was supported by Brandon T. Jackson, Alexandra Daddario, Sean Bean, Pierce Brosnan, Steve Coogan, and Rosario Dawson in The Lightning Thief.
Hit the jump for a synopsis for The Sea of Monsters.
Percy Jackson’s seventh-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.
In this fresh, funny, and hugely anticipated follow up to The Lightning Thief, Percy and his friends must journey into the Sea of Monsters to save their beloved camp. But first, Percy will discover a stunning new secret about his family — one that makes him question whether being claimed as Poseidon’s son is an honor or simply a cruel joke. [Amazon]
The Lightning Thief was not spectacularly expensive, but it wasn’t cheap (Box Office Mojo lists a $95 million production budget). Fox turned it into a modest hit: $89 million domestic, $138 million worldwide. Does that merit a sequel? 24 Frames hears the studio is relying on the apparent popularity of the books to sustain interest in the movie adaptations. Wouldn’t be shocked by reports of a reduced budget for The Sea of Monsters.
From a quality standpoint, I thought the first film was awful. But I like the premise of the series, and could jive with a sequel if the execution improves.