Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters
Fox 2000's "Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Sea of Monsters" hits theaters in 2013.
Thor Freudenthal is directing the Fox 2000 sequel, which hits theaters March 27, 2013.
"A Good Day to Die Hard" opens on Valentine's Day in 2013; "Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters" launches over the Easter holiday in 2013.
Fox beats claims from authors claiming copyright infringement in 'Percy Jackson.'
Toberoff, currently involved in the smackdown of all smackdowns with Warner Bros. over the Superman franchise, has filed suit in New York on behalf of the authors of young-adult novels about a descendant of Greek gods. They claim in a copyright infringement lawsuit against author Rick Riordan, Fox and Disney that the "Percy Jackson" series of novels and the Fox film "Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief" steal extensively from two of their books.
Robyn and Tony DiTocco wrote "The Hero Perseus: A Mad Myth Mystery" (2002) and "Atlas' Revenge: Another Mad Myth Mystery" (2004), YA fantasies centered on "PJ," a descendant of Greek gods who becomes a hero. They claim Riordan lifted several key characters and scenes for his five books, the first of which was published in 2005 by Hyperion (a Disney subsidiary). Fox's "Percy Jackson" film was released in January and has grossed $220 million worldwide.
"The substantial similarities between the PJ books and the Percy Jackson books, and consequently between the PJ books and the Percy Jackson film, cannot be explained away by their common reference to Greek mythology because most such similarities do not appear in Greek mythology, but originate instead in plaintiffs' PJ books," the lawsuit states.
The complaint cites at least 100 similarities. A couple examples: