Thor Freudenthal to Helm the 'Percy Jackson' Sequel 'Sea of Monsters'
Back in March we learned that Fox was already beginning to develop a sequel to Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, the first film adaptation of the five-book series from author Rick Riordan. Now 24 Frames reports director Thor Freudenthal, who has helmed family friendly adaptations like Hotel for Dogs and Diary of a Wimpy Kid, will now direct the sequel, The Sea of Monsters. Director Chris Columbus, who helmed the first installment of this new fantasy franchise, will still remain a producer of the sequel. Apparently production is expected to move quickly, and the film could see release in 2012.
Agent Cody Banks and Ed Wood writers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski are scripting the new adventure which will see Percy and his group of friends as they head to the Sea of Monsters to find the mythical Golden Fleece and to free a friend who has been captured there. However, apparently this sequel is expected to take some cues from the other books as well, so fans may not end up seeing one film for each book in the series. This is probably because Logan Lerman (who's returning for the film as well), is already 19, while the books only deal with Percy Jackson form ages 12 to 17, so sooner than later Lerman just won't be able to play the young demigod any longer. Anyway, I can't say I'm all that thrilled with the idea of a sequel, but surely plenty of fans are excited.