Thursday, April 19, 2007

Chris Columbus to Direct The Lightning Thief

Looks like Rick Riordan is about to get extremely rich. Couldn't happen to a nicer guy. (Hat tip to Lee Goldberg for the link.)

IGN: Columbus Catches Lightning: "Harry Potter veteran Chris Columbus is looking to direct and produce The Lightning Thief for Fox 2000. The pic is based on the fantasy book series by Rick Riordan, specifically the first entry, Percy Jackson and the Olympians.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, 'Thief centers on a young boy who discovers that he is the descendant of a Greek god and sets out -- with the help of a satyr and a daughter of Athena -- on a dangerous adventure to settle an ongoing battle between the gods. Along the way, he faces a host of mythological enemies determined to stop him. He also must come to terms with a father he has never known and an oracle that has warned him of betrayal by a friend.'

Variety adds that Columbus' shingle 1492 Pictures is producing along with Maverick, while THR says that no screenwriter has been tapped yet to adapt the book."

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Bill, Lots of excitement in the Riordan household yesterday--seems everyone knew before we did! I'm not sure about the rich part but at least the kids can have a college fund! Becky Riordan

Bill Crider said...

I hope there's something left over from the college fund! Congrats to Rick and all the family.