I won’t sugar coat my words. The Lightning Thief (2010) was a flop. I fear for the upcoming Sea Of Monsters (2013), the second instalment in the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan. In fact, after the unfortunate mauling the first book of the series received at the hands of director Chris Columbus, I can’t quite believe they’re going to carry on with the second book. And I honestly have no idea how they plan to do so.
After all, the plot is already twisted out of recognition, the personality of major characters altered mercilessly to suit the ends of the filming crew, and hugely important aspects of the book have already been omitted completely from the movie. I do not see how they can spawn a second movie after the without having to twist the plot of the second book of the series as well. This does not sound appealing in the least.
There have been some movie adaptations of books that were successful- (perhaps one of the most famous being the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling) but they remain an endangered species as more and more books are converted poorly into movies and left to die a miserable death on the silver screen. I haven’t seen a movie adaptation of a book die as spectacularly as the Lightning Thief (2010), and honestly, I am not sure if I can stomach a second gruesome death which will inevitably occur unless they a) magically erase the memories of the terrible movie, and film another one with a better cast, better script, and a decent plot that follows the book to a reasonable degree, or b) do a stunning job with the Sea Of Monsters (2013) and rejuvenate the series.
None of them seem very likely. Here’s why.