Thor Freudenthal to Direct PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPIANS: THE SEA OF MONSTERS; Logan Lerman Confirmed for Return

     June 16, 2011


Fox 2000 is moving forward on development of a sequel to Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief based on the second book in Rick Riordan’s fantasy series, titled The Sea of Monsters24 Frames reports the studio exercised its option on Logan Lerman, locking him in to return for the sequel.  Lightning Thief director Christopher Columbus will reduce his involvement with the sequel to a producing role, handing the reins off to Thor Freudenthal (Diary of a Wimpy Kid). The Sea of Monsters could be in theaters as early as 2012.

Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski adapted the screenplay, which is expected to cull stories from other books in the series.  Read the synopsis for The Sea of Monsters after the jump.


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 story has a lot of potential as a movie series, and I hope they figure out how to capture that the second time around.  Plus, Logan is a charismatic young guy, a savvy choice for franchise star.  If I’m honest, though, my expectations for The Sea of Monsters are low.  Hope I’m wrong.

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  • Strong Enough

    really? i hope they replace Brradon T jackson. dude is so bad at acting its not funny. he doesn’t fit the role at all

    • Sandy

      Why? The only decent actors from the first movie were Sean Bean (Zeus), Brandon T. Jackson (Grover) and Pierce Bronsan (Chiron). I’m personally really scared to see the next movie because of the new director’s previous works. . . .

  • Matt


    The first one wasn’t good enough to warrant a sequel.

  • drew

    if they can pull a harry potter and make this one a little more mature and dark like prisoner of azkahban it could be good but the first one seemed a little simple albeit it is a kids movie but the parents who have to sit through it should be entertained and can be it is a matter of choice

  • Alex–

    Great, loved the first film. One of the few times I came out of the theatre in the past few years, somewhat happy and satisfied.

    The acting, directing and script was rough around the edges. But keeping Lerman and that red head (Annabeth) is key. Looking forward to it.

  • Bheaya Emortalis

    Im actually excited for a sequel. The first film was fairly decent and has potential. The first 1 felt kind of thin but lets hope they improve.

  • Bec

    I’m excited for the next movie like I always am when my favorite books come into a movie BUT.

    The first one wasn’t very good. They added parts and took away parts, eh that wasn’t a good move buy them.

    They need to at least change Annabeths hair to blonde, like it should be. Have less romance because the first book had like none of that.

    Basically they need to stay true to the books!

  • Lisa

    YES, that comment!


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  • Mark McKenzie

    Thor Freudenthal, if you DARE make a mess of this movie I will find you and give you a good whipping and I’ll make you a “Wimpy Kid” if you’re not careful! If I am to be honest, this director was the wrong choice! Peter Jackson or Steven Spielberg or even David Yates would do well with this instalment, not HIM! Let’s hope I’m wrong and this will be his first masterpiece!