Sequel, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters has unveiled its debut trailer. -- Or, perhaps a more effective opening sentence might have read: "Guess what? There's going to be a Percy Jackson sequel...and here's the trailer."
Indeed, with genre biggies like Iron Man 3, Star Trek Into Darkness, and The Wolverine looming in the coming summer, this follow-up to the 2010 Greek mythology-inspired coming-of-age adventure, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (yeah, that whole thing was the title) may have sneaked-up on the majority of otherwise closely-following moviegoers. However, despite a somewhat modest performance at the box-office, the $226.5 million worldwide return on a $95 million investment must have been enough to compel 21st Century Fox studio to consider this sequel project (that no one anticipated) as a somewhat safe bet.
The trailer depicts exciting and immediately-accessible family-friendly adventure. However, based on what we're seeing, this film doesn't seem to hearken back too much to the first entry. In fact, I would venture to guess that this sequel is made in such a way where seeing the first film will not be necessary. Such a thing would be telling of Lightning Thief's somewhat forgettable status. (Even if it was a rare film featuring Sean Bean where the actor's character did NOT die. -- Of course, he had to play Zeus to pull that off.)
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters picks catchier titles to tackle Titans at theaters on August 16. Check out the trailer below!
Continuing where the last film left off with our titular protagonist, Percy (Logan Lerman), having discovered his half-God nature, fathered by God of the Sea, Poseidon, we see him adjusted to a new life safely hidden amongst a group of demigod peers, as well as a best bud in the half-goat, Grover (Brandon T. Jackson) and a love interest in Annabeth, daughter of Athena (Alexandra Daddario.) However, the happiness would not last long when a new looming threat is at hand: The return of the sinister Titan precursor to the Gods of Olympus themselves, Kronos. (He literally ate his own children one time. It's safe to say he's a villain.)
Now, the only thing that can stop this vengeful villain is the famed Golden Fleece, which was once famously nabbed by Jason. Unfortunately, its current location is in a mystical place called the Sea of Monsters (which happens to be known to us as The Bermuda Triangle.) Thus, the sea-savvy Percy and his companions set out on a quest to find the ancient coveted couture. -- And they'll have the help of the divine messenger, Hermes played by Nathan Fillion! (A God in his own right to geeks.)