See The First Look At The Percy Jackson Reboot

Walker Scobell is shown in an underwater video to celebrate the wrapping of Percy Jackson, giving us the first look at the underwater world.

By Chris Snellgrove | Published

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While fans have generally enjoyed both the Star Wars and Marvel content on the platform, Disney+ is always looking to gain more subscribers by offering original content outside of those tentpole franchises. One of the most highly-anticipated shows for this platform is Percy Jackson and the Olympians, and now, after eight months of filming, the show has wrapped production for season one. And if you look closely at the short video the showrunners posted, you can get a good look at the underwater set that was used to bring this fantasy series to life.

The video itself is short, simple, and funny, showing a young man underwater holding up a sign about how the first season had finished wrapping and expressing his gratitude to everyone involved. The young man in question is Walker Scobell, and he plays the lead role of Percy Jackson in the show. To help show off his cheeky side, the video ends with Scobell putting down the initial sign and holding up a new sign that simply reads “send help” (although if he’s worried about losing his breath after less than 20 seconds of underwater video, we don’t think Scobell could hang if he ever had to act in a James Cameron Avatar film).

Then again, the message “send help” may have a more straightforward meaning. Up to the very end of filming for the first season of Percy Jackson and the Olympians, the showrunners were putting the actors through their paces across several different underwater scenes. At this point, Scobell will probably be happy not to have to go underwater again for a good, long time.

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Leah Sava Jeffries, Walker Scobell and Aryan Simhadri Courtesy of Disney+

Speaking of waiting for a long time, that’s exactly what Percy Jackson fans will need to do before they can see their favorite character in live action once more. Even though filming has wrapped for the first season, Industrial Light and Magic still need to go in and add the effects that will help to bring this fantasy world into reality. It could be another year or more before the final product is ready to watch, which is just one more reason why Disney has not announced a firm release date for the series yet beyond saying it will premiere sometime in 2024.

At this point, though, it might be fair to say that waiting is what Percy Jackson fans do best. The popular books were adapted into live-action films with Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief in 2010 and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters in 2013. That sequel movie was both a critical and box-office disappointment, which is one reason why it’s been a decade since fans have had new a new Percy Jackson adaptation.

Fortunately, the good news is that this upcoming Disney+ series looks to do the franchise justice. The original books were written by Rick Riordan, and he is working closely with Disney as the series writer and executive producer. And if this small-screen Disney adaptation of a hit magical book series ends up being a hit, it might be the final push HBO needs to finally reboot Harry Potter as a television series.