Percy Jackson and the Olympians is coming to Disney+ on Wednesday, Dec. 20. Fans of Rick Riordan's books about a 12 year old who discovers he's a demigod have been clamoring for information about the fantasy adventure series since the project was greenlit. They've lived in and enjoyed this bookverse for 17 years, so expectations are high especially with Riordan signed on as an executive producer and writer for the show. Of peak interest is Camp Half-Blood, the home of demigods learning about their roots, their powers, and a world full of creatures and deities that are thought of as myth.
In episode 2, "I Become Lord of the Bathroom," Percy is adjusting to the news of his lineage and he has to do it surrounded by kids his age and older who are already familiar with the threat their very existence poses to themselves. Used to combat training and a social hierarchy dictated by athletic prowess, an acute understanding o strategy, and boldness, these young demigods decked out in orange shirts like they're simply at sleepaway camp are his peers.
Camp Half-Blood is in the middle of the woods hidden from the ordinary world by the mist that keeps humans from being able to see the workings of the magical realm. But it has the typical features of camp like directors, assigned cabins (with exteriors that look like temples), Capture the Flag, archery and more! Thanks to the trailer, and promotional stills released, viewers have gotten a glimpse of the setting but you're going to be blown away once you can see it in full.
In the books, Camp Half-Blood is located on the north shore of Long Island, however, that's not where filming took place for Percy Jackson and the Olympians. Principal photography on the show as a whole took place in Vancouver as well as on a StageCraft LED stage by Industrial Light & Magic that featured a 95-foot LED screen. Specifically for the demigod training camp, per Hollywood North Buzz, production set up in Aldergrove on "about 20 acres of private land with forest at the corner of 256th Street and 24th Avenue."
During a press conference for the series, Walker Scobell--this generation's Percy Jackson--referred to the set as "surreal." Like his co-stars Aryan Simhadri (Grover Underwood) and Leah Sava Jeffries, he's a big fan of the books so for him "it was really weird being there because you've been imagining it for so long and finally getting to see it is like, it's not real."
Jeffries, who plays Annabeth Chase, was amazed by the work that went into building the Camp Half-Blood sets. She shared: "I've never seen somebody bring so much detail from a book and actually add it, like [the specificity] of how they said the grass looks or how the trees look. Everything in the book came out, it wasn't like, “Oh, well, maybe we should change that a little bit.” It was like, “No, we specifically want this, like that one piece of bark is red."
The actress went on to say "I walked out feeling like I actually lived in that book. [I]t was very, very, surprising and very unimaginable, if that makes sense."
Percy Jackson and the Olympians premieres Dec. 20 on Disney+ with its first two episodes. Stay tuned to Hidden Remote for more news and coverage on the highly anticipated series.