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NYCC 2023: ‘Percy Jackson and the Olympians’ showrunners discuss the series’ future

At New York Comic Con 2023, I chatted with Dan Shotz and Jon Steinberg, showrunners of the upcoming Percy Jackson and The Olympians original series. It is based on the best-selling book series by award-winning author Rick Riordan, that’s coming to Disney+ on December 20th. They discussed plans going forward for the series, including the status of a season two pick-up.

“Discussions began a long time ago,” Steinberg said. “[Season two] hasn’t been ordered, but there have been people who spend time in their days thinking about it and working on it. So make of that what you will.”

Steinberg continued to explain the plan to make each season cover one book in the series. “I think it broke out pretty cleanly. And I think we sort of decided pretty early that Lightning Thief would be the first season. If we get to season five and we finish that book, and then we’ll just get Rick.” Shotz added,”I would say he’s still writing more.”

“It’s helpful to have all five books to inform this season, to inform Lightning Thief,” Shotz said. “Easter eggs, things that we can put in there, things that we know where it’s going so that we can make sure that we’re landing it in season five.”

“And things we know it’s about,” Steinberg added, “because I think that Rick’s been very open about the fact that he discovered things as he was writing. He didn’t know several thousand pages ago what this was going to turn into. So knowing on some level this is the story of Percy’s humanity as much as it is his divinity is a thing that, having read book five, you come to inform it in a way that you can build all of the first steps in a way that feels powerful.”

Percy Jackson and the Olympians premieres December 20 on Disney+.

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