Bad news, demigods. According to star Logan Lerman, a third Percy Jackson movie following the events of The Titan’s Curse isn’t being made. Updated January 2020 with news about a reboot being in the works at Disney.
Speaking to MTV during his press tour for Noah in 2014, Lerman (Percy Jackson) said, “It’s not happening,” when asked about Percy Jackson 3.
Although this initial statement seems pretty definitive, his followup is a little less so: “It’s been a great experience for me,” Lerman said. “It’s opened up a lot of doors for me, but I don’t think it’s happening.”
More than likely this means that Lerman had been told behind closed doors that a third Percy Jackson movie will not be made, although no official statement has yet been given. We hope they’ll issue one, as fans are sure to be disappointed they won’t see a Titan’s Curse movie come alive.
Lerman has been a champion of both the character and the books in general, stating previously that he loves the Percy Jackson movies and would like to continue in the role.
However, it just wasn’t meant to be. After the first movie, Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, tanked at the box office, it was a miracle they decided to give the franchise a second shot. But they did, and it was in the form of Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.
While Sea of Monsters did much better than its predecessor, at least in the eyes of the series’ fans, it was apparently not enough to guarantee a Percy Jackson 3 movie. Many were hoping a third movie would happen, if only to see how much better they could improve upon the last two movies’ mistakes.
Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief hit theaters in 2010 and made $226 million worldwide ($88.7 million domestically). The sequel Sea of Monsters debuted in 2013 and made $199 million around the globe ($68.5 million in the U.S.).
Could a ‘Percy Jackson 3’ movie end up elsewhere?
Although this is certainly sad news for some (though probably good news for others), there’s always hope. It’s the golden age for both book adaptations and series reboots, so perhaps Percy Jackson will make his way back to the silver screen sometime in the future, bigger and better than ever.
Also giving us hope is the current media landscape: Streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, HBO, Amazon and the forthcoming Disney+ are all very eager to secure the rights to beloved book series so that they can be adapted for TV. Given the popularity of Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson franchise, it wouldn’t surprise us if one of the above streamers were trying to nab the rights.
Percy Jackson movies at Disney+
Riordan has made no secret of the fact that he was in Los Angeles in late 2019 to meet with Disney about adapting Percy Jackson. By the looks of one of his tweets in which he’s holding up a Disney+ button, one would assume the meetings were specifically about adapting the series for their new streaming app.
There’ve been no updates since his December tweets. If Disney does decide to adapt Percy Jackson for Disney+, our guess is that they would reboot the first two movies, and re-start Percy’s story with a clean slate.
This means they could adapt the entire Percy Jackson series, and possibly take on Riordan’s various spinoffs after. It would be a big franchise for Disney, and right now it looks like they’re debating if this makes financial sense. Here’s hoping!
All of these streamers want well-known brands who will keep people subscribed, or jumping to, their apps. It’s too risky to depend on entirely new stories, as unknown titles aren’t necessarily a draw — at the beginning.
If Amazon can get Lord of the Rings, surely one of the others can snap up Percy Jackson and create a new TV or movie series!
For now, all we can do is hope that Percy Jackson 3, Titan’s Curse, one day gets adapted into a movie or TV show. It’d be great to finally see it brought to the big screen.