Thursday, 26 March 2009

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

Texan author Rick Riordan is the author of the widely popular Percy Jackson & The Olympians series. Set in the contemporary United States, the series is based prominently on Greek Mythology. This well recieved series has won a number of awards and has also graced a number of the bestseller lists. The books are now set to move to the big screen. The first book in the series The Lightning Thief will be the first to be adapted and chronicles the adventures of Percy Jackson the son of a mortal woman and a Greek god, and his friends on a quest to stop a dangerous apocalyptic war between the gods and titans. The story contains a multitude of encounters with characters from Greek Mythology still alive in modern times
In June 2004, 20th Century Fox acquired feature film rights to the book. In April 2007, director Chris Columbus was hired to helm the project. The following November, screenwriter Joe Stillman was hired to adapt a screenplay based on the book. The official title for the film is "Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief", and a release date is currently February 12, 2010. It is also confirmed that Logan Lerman has been cast as Percy Jackson and Brandon T. Jackson as Grover Underwood. Alexandra Daddario will be playing Annabeth Chase in the Percy Jackson adaption.

Rick Riordan is also the author of the Texas based Tres Navarre series. The first book in the series Big Red Tequila won the Anthony Award for best original paperback and the Shamus Award for best First P.I. novel in 1997.

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