Logan Lerman and Brandon T. Jackson Catch Lightning
Tue, 17 Mar 2009 11:08:31
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Logan Lerman and Brandon T. Jackson will star in Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief for Fox 2000. Christopher Columbus will direct the film, which is an adaptation of a children's novel by Rick Riordan. Columbus's I Love You, Beth Cooper is due out later this year.
The film follows the Greek god Poseidon's half-human son Percy, who heads on a quest through modern-day America in order to save his mother and return Zeus' stolen lightning bolt in order to prevent a war amongst the deities. Lerman will play the 12-year-old Percy, while Jackson will portray his best friend, Grover Underwood, who is a half-goat, half-human entity known as a Satyr. Grover is mentally the same age as his best friend, despite being physically older. Fox hopes that the story will have franchise potential.
The film will start production in April in Vancouver via Columbus' 1492 Pictures banners. The book spent a whopping 85 weeks of The New York Times' best seller list.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff