Rick Riordan has “written off Hollywood” after becoming frustrated with it Percy Jackson Films.
The 59-year-old author has never seen any of the film adaptations of his work – Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief And Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters – and refused to consider other versions of the books because the films were so different from the source material.
In an interview with diversityRick said: “After the film experience, I basically wrote off Hollywood for a long, long time. I really didn’t want anything to do with the film industry.”
“For many years I said, ‘I don’t want to get involved.’ I don’t want to think about other adjustments. I’m done.’”
Percy Jackson is now returning to the big screen in a Disney+ TV series that will premiere in December, and Rick finally relented on his anti-adaptation stance.
He explained: “But when it became clear that something was going to happen to me or without me, I had a long conversation with Becky, my wife. We said, ‘Well, if something were to happen, it’s probably best to try again.’”
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The new TV series stars Walker Scobell as the titular young demigod alongside Leah Sava Jeffries and Aryan Simhadri, and Rick believes the small screen is a better fit Percy Jackson.
The author said: “I always felt that television was a better format for this Percybecause a bigger canvas allows us to tell more of the story.”
“And to be more faithful to the source material, which is what fans of the books would really like to see.”
Rick felt that one of the “fundamental flaws” in the films was making the main characters appear older, but he couldn’t be happier with the trio that will lead the TV show.
He said: “After going through the production process, I completely understand why they did this. It’s a lot easier to work with older actors.”
Rick added of the new cast, “They’re perfect and they’ve only gotten more perfect.”
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Source : screencrush.com