Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief had all the pieces in place to become the successor to the wildly successful Harry Potter franchise. It had a wide-eyed young protagonist (Logan Lerman), a bunch of mythical creatures, and even the same director (Chris Columbus) who successfully launched the Harry Potter franchise. While it didn’t quite become the cultural phenomenon that Harry Potter did, Percy Jackson did manage to make a good chunk of money—especially overseas—so now they’re going to try their hand at a sequel. A sequel that, from the looks of how much its scope has expanded, the studio is continuing to pin financial hopes on.
This time around Columbus has handed the directing baton over to Diary of a Wimpy Kid helmer Thor Freudenthal, and if this trailer for the new film is any indication, his Percy Jackson: Sea of Monstersis going to be relying on a snappier title, beloved-by-nerds actors from Joss Whedon shows, and especially huge summer spectacle in order to build on the foundation laid by The Lightning Thief and bring in even more box office dollars.
As you can see, you’ve got Anthony Head being a wise old mentor and Nathan Fillion cracking wise to bring in the geek crowd, youthful protagonists going off on an adventure to bring in the family crowd, and a drum heavy score accompanying gigantic scenes of destruction to bring in a more general audience—it’s hard to imagine how this one is going to end up being anything other than a big success.
We’ll have to wait until the film gets released on August 7 to truly know if it’s going to be a crowd pleaser, but at this point things are looking promising. And all the experts said they would never get away with making adventure movies about a hero named Percy…
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