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‘I’d be willing to write if….’: Rick Riordan Only Agreed To Write New Book ‘Percy Jackson: Chalice of the Gods’ Because of Disney Live-Action Series Deal

Percy Jackson: Chalice of the Gods

This has been a great time to be a camp half-blood fan, as development for the impending live-action Disney+ series Percy Jackson and the Olympians proceeds, author Rick Riordan is working on a new novelized episode in the sprawling franchise.

Percy Jackson Camp Half Blood Symbol
Still image from the official trailer of Disney+ Percy Jackson

This sixth installment in the Percy Jackson book franchise, Percy Jackson and the Chalice of the Gods, will be the first time since 2009’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Last Olympian that Riordan will publish a story focused on the three characters who built his world of modern mythology: Percy Jackson, Annabeth Chase, and Grover Underwood.

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Rick Riordan explains the story behind Chalice of the Gods announcement

Now that both the show and the novel are known to be in production, Rick Riordan has disclosed a deal he struck with Disney that could have gone wrong if something went upside-down.

It was back in 2019 when the Magnus Chase author was first considering working on a new Percy Jackson adaptation.

“I pitched an idea to Disney that I hoped might convince them to move things along. If they’d help me get a live-action series off the ground,” said Riordan. “I would be willing to write a new Percy Jackson novel, or even several, which Disney Publishing could release when the show came out.”

Percy Jackson and the Chalice of the Gods began as a means of enticing Hollywood companies to sponsor the rebooted Percy Jackson TV adaptation for Disney+. Riordan stated that,

“What if I sweetened the deal by giving the readers something they’ve been wanting for a decade, a classic Percy Jackson story from his point of view, with Percy, Annabeth, and Grover, just like the original five books?”

Percy Jackson and the Chalice of Gods
Rick Riordan announces Percy Jackson and the Chalice of the Gods novel

It would be the first honest-to-goodness Percy Jackson novel since The Last Olympian in 2009. Rick Riordan wrapped up the stories of Percy Jackson, Annabeth Chase, and Grover Underwood in 2014’s The Heroes of Olympus: The Blood of Olympus, allowing them to concentrate on the future rather than defending the world. Except for the rare cameo, the three have given way to other heroes, such as god-turned-mortal Apollo.

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However, in September 2023, Rick Riordan’s renowned trio will be reunited for another big adventure when they are called upon to recover a missing artifact.

Percy Jackson and the Chalice of the Gods: Everything we know

In Chalice of the Gods, Percy and his pals must help Ganymede, Zeus’ cupbearer, find the lost Chalice, a mystical item capable of bestowing immortality on those who drink from it.

“There will be gods we haven’t seen yet,” Riordan claimed. “It is going to continue the Percy Jackson tradition of encountering gods and monsters, and it will take place primarily in and around New York City. It’s not meant to be a world-ending adventure, it’s just a day in the life of a demigod.”

The first look at Percy Jackson and the Olympians
The first look at Percy Jackson and the Olympians

For the time being, this volume is intended to stand alone, or as Rick Riordan refers to it, “Percy Jackson and the Olympians Book Six.” Future expeditions aren’t out of the question, he said, but that depends on how well this one is received and what ideas emerge. Despite Percy’s college preparations, the renowned writer assures fans that this is suitable for readers of all ages.

Percy Jackson Sea of Monsters
Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters (2013)

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Of course, that isn’t the only Percy Jackson-related novel set to be released in 2023. In May, readers can look forward to Riordan’s collaboration with Mark Oshiro, The Sun and the Star, which follows Nico di Angelo, the demigod son of Hades, and his boyfriend, Will Solace, the demigod son of Apollo, as they go into the Underworld to save an old acquaintance. In terms of subject matter and process, this will be a very different project than Chalice of the Gods.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians, the Disney+ series, is expected to be released in 2024 on Disney+, and Percy Jackson and the Chalice of the Gods will be released on September 26th, 2023.

Source: Startefacts

 

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