<i>Percy Jackson</i> Sequel Brings Back Logan Lerman, Adds New Director

Fox has secured returning star Logan Lerman and new director Thor Freudenthal for the sequel to the 2010 fantasy adventure Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, 24 Frames reports.

The follow-up to the 2010 film, which grossed $210 million worldwide, will be based on Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Sea of Monsters, the second book in Rick Riordan’s bestselling series of young-adult novels. The screenplay, by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (Ed Wood, Agent Cody Banks), follows the demigod Percy — he’s a son of the Greek god Poseidon — and his friends as they rescue the satyr Grover and retrieve the Golden Fleece.

The 19-year-old Lerman signed a three-picture deal, meaning Fox had only to exercise his option. However, the actor, who went on to star in the upcoming Three Musketeers and The Perks of Being a Wallflower, has said he'd like to make the entire Percy Jackson series. There are five novels in all.

Freudenthal, who's best known for Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Hotel for Dogs, succeeds Chris Columbus, who will remain as a producer.

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