Percy Jackson and the Olympians


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Pierce Brosnan, Uma Thurman, Sean Bean, Kevin McKidd and Melina Kanakaredes are heading to Mount Olympus.

The quintet has been cast in Fox 2000's fantasy-adventure adaptation "Percy Jackson" as classical Greek gods Chiron (Brosnan), Medusa (Thurman), Zeus (Bean), Poseidon (McKidd) and Athena (Kanakaredes). Aries, Hades and Persephone have not yet been cast.

The film, being directed by Chris Columbus, is shooting in Vancouver for a February release.

Columbus and Craig Titley have adapted the screenplay from Rick Riordan's best-selling children's novel "The Lightning Thief." The Greek mythology-inflected book involves Poseidon's half-human son, Percy, who's on a quest across modern America to prevent a war among the gods.

Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario and Brandon T. Jackson have already been cast as the book's lead teenagers.

The all-star casting is reminiscent of the 1981 fantasy film "Clash of the Titans," which showcased Laurence Olivier as Zeus, Ursula Andress as Aphrodite, Claire Bloom as Hera and Jack Gwillim as Poseidon.

"Lightning Thief" is the first of five novels about Percy Jackson and the Olympians -- the fifth, "The Last Olympian," is due in stores in May. The studio hopes to spin the books into a franchise in the "Harry Potter" mold.

Columbus, Michael Barnathan and Karen Rosenfelt are producing the film. Mark Radcliffe and Greg Mooradian, Guy Oseary and Mark Morgan are executive producing. Carla Hacken is overseeing for Fox 2000.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/conten...d11a3e021727d9d

I'm a big fan of the books. I've been fascinated with Greek mythology since I was a kid.

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Rosario Dawson and Steve Coogan will run the underworld in Fox 2000's Greek mythology-infused adventure "Percy Jackson."

Chris Columbus is directing the adaptation of Rick Riordan's best-selling fantasy-adventure book series that includes the world-saving quest of Poseidon's half-human son, Percy, in modern America.

Catherine Keener, Pierce Brosnan, Uma Thurman, Sean Bean, Kevin McKidd, Melina Kanakaredes, Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario and Brandon T. Jackson already have been cast.

Coogan will play the nefarious Hades, and Dawson will play his imprisoned wife, Persephone, who has a flirtation with Jackson's character, Grover, Percy's best friend. Only the role of Ares, God of War, is yet to be cast.

The film, which Columbus and Craig Titley adapted from the first book in the series, "The Lightning Thief," is shooting in Vancouver for a Feb. 12 release.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/conten...de8d401aad88d86

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A bunch of features introducing the characters. I like how they did Hades. There is a lot more comedy in this than the books, and I see it's full of product placement also:

He used an iPod to see Medusa's reflection and kill her.

It only looks like around half of the movie is from the book.

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Why is it called Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief in the UK?

So it sounds like Harry Potter, and gets that market in the door.

Went to see it today, and it was a lot better than I was expecting, the first twenty minutes are piss poor, but once it gets going, its really good. I really hope it gets a sequel.

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