Production on Brad Pitt's next project, the WWII pic 'Fury,' commenced with production not too long ago, with the actor giving his hair a new sartorial look for the effort. Director David Ayer ('End of Watch') has been keeping the fans updated by releasing various set photos, but now, aside from a slew of paparazzi shots, we have our first look at the film.
When 'Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief' came out in 2010, it looked suspiciously as if the would-be franchise, based on Rick Riordan's best-selling teen adventure books, was going to get 'Golden Compass'-ed -- stopped after one installment and left to languish. But the first adventures of title hero Percy Jackson (Logan Lerman) -- born to a mortal mother and the Greek God Poseidon made $226 million worldwide, never mind home video.
So, we get a second helping of Percy's adventures, which mix the home-away-from-home setting and grow-up-fast themes of 'Harry Potter' with some all-American gumption and a little Greek dressing on the side. With a new writer and director -- and what seems like a budget spent more on computer effects than human actors -- 'Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters' is exactly the kind of film that was made for me to take my teen and tween nieces to, not for me to enjoy. There's some bloodless peril, not even a whiff of romance and plenty of spirited action.
A new international trailer for 'Percy Jackson 2' has sprung from the depths of the web, featuring a look at the 'Sea of Monsters'' many wild set pieces, new characters and beasties.
Since we're currently stuck in a cultural moment where everything looks like 'Twilight,' 'Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters' makes us nostalgic for the time when everything looked like 'Harry Potter.' A new batch of posters for the Greek god-themed fantasy adventure have arrived. While they may not catch the eye of non-fans, they're sure to delight people already familiar with this series.
With 'Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters' only a few months away, it's time that we got down to brass tacks and started asking the important questions. Questions like "Was anyone, anywhere, actually looking forward to another 'Percy Jackson' movie?" Snark aside, the new 'Sea of Monsters' trailer goes a long way to justifying its existence by showing off lots of monsters. Lots and lots of monsters.
'Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters' is the second film in a franchise that arrived with a shrug back in 2010. Can it grab the audience that ignored the first film? Can it fill the void left by the insanely successful 'Harry Potter' franchise? We won't know until later this summer.
But hey, there's a new poster!
Demigod Percy Jackson and his friends must set out through the "Sea of Monsters" to acquire the Golden Fleece and save his homeland.
Though 'Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief' did not reach the lofty heights of the 'Harry Potter' series in terms of box office or cultural impact (which it surely strived for), it still made a decent $220 million worldwide, with another $37 million in DVD/Blu-ray sales. Hence, it's sequel time, and the first look at the film 'Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters' has come in the form of five new photos.
I've discovered this: as one gets older, no matter how contenting daily life may be, the desire to return to one's youth grows so great that even full knowledge of just how miserable the experience was has little extinguishing power. 'The Perks of Being a Wallflower,' a '90s period piece and the latest in a "warts-and-all" look at adolescence knows this, embraces it and even celebrates the horrifying moments of growing up as the ones most worthy of celebration.