Interview with Director Thor Freudenthal

Interview with Director Thor Freudenthal

Filmofilia.com snagged an interview with Thor Freudenthal, the director of Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters. Here it is;

I have some great news, dear cinephiles! We’ve managed to get an interview from the director of the Percy Jackson sequel, Thor Freudenthal, who is best known for his helming of the 2010′s Diary of a Wimpy Kid and 2009′s Hotel for Dogs.

When he’s not directing, he writes and does the artwork. He was conceptual artist and took part in creative and visual effects development for Stuart Little and its sequel. He was also the storyboard artist and character designer for the Oscar-winning short animation, The Chubbchubbs!

We heard that he has been chosen to direct the sequel to the popular fantasy-adventure movie, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, which has been titled Percy Jackson: The Sea of Monsters. The filming has already begun in April, according to the director.

FilmoFilia: Why have you decided to take on this movie?
Thor Freudenthal: This is a big challenge for me and a big thing in my career as a director! I’ve always been passionate about storytelling and Greek mythology.

FF: As a person who hasn’t read the books, I must ask what can you tell us about the story and the main character, Percy?
TF: I can tell you that he will levitate between good and evil… Of course, it is not always easy to follow exactly history of books, however we just do the necessary to be as close as possible. You will be able to see some personal development of Percy but also between each characters.

FF: Can we get the synopsis?
TF: The official synopsis is not possible to unveil, but you will see some new characters like Clarisse (Leven Rambin), Thalia (Paloma Kwiatkowski) or Silena (Zoe Aggeliki). We have a great team of responsible young people!

FF: Why different Chiron?
TF: I think Anthony (Head) will be perfect in the role of Chiron, he has a lot of experience to understand the fantasy and otherworldly.

FF: And Stanley Tucci, is he still in the ‘rumoured’ section of the cast?
TF: Not rumoured! He’s part of the cast (Dionysus).

FF: Where are you filming?
TF: All over Vancouver and great deal of scenes will be filmed in the New Orleans. At the end of June we should already be over there. Leven (Rambin) added some pictures and video filming on her Instagram.

FF: And the release date?
TF: August 16th, 2013.

Well, you’ve heard the man – in slightly over a year, we will see some new and interesting characters (the great ‘captain’, Nathan Fillion – Firefly, anyone?!) and action, it seems. Oh and here are those pictures from the set.

They look like they’re having so much fun!

Well, you’ve heard the locations, you know the cast (in addition to the main ones, Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario, Jake Abel and Brandon T. Jackson), you know there will be some surprises (unless you’ve read the books, heheh)… I just hope you won’t be too-persistent stalkers.

Stay tuned!

Thanks Divine Dyslexia for the heads up. If you want to read the interview in Italian, you can head over to their Facebook page and its under notes.

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10 Comments

  1. RD - June 18, 2012

    No, I do know how she looks like, and I like her, but Silena is suppose to have blue eyes and black hair… But I think Zoe got the role because she is pretty and she speaks french and she must be really talented :)

    • Rebecca King - June 18, 2012

      This is from the wikia of Silena. So I don’t think it really matters what she looks like.
      It is unknown what Silena definitely looks like, as her introductions keep stating different colors of hair and eyes. In The Demigod Files, it said that her hair was black, and her eyes chocolate brown. In The Last Olympian, her eyes were blue and her hair was brown. In The Ultimate Guide, her eyes were blue and her hair was blonde. In all descriptions, she is described slim. However, it is always stated that she is a very beautiful girl who everyone stares at. Since she is a daughter of Aphrodite she may have the ability to alter her physical appearances or she simply gets bored of her appearance (likely due to her ADHD) and changes them. (Note: Rick Riordan said in an interview that Silena indeed has black hair and blue eyes.)

  2. RD - June 17, 2012

    I’m just wondering if Beckendorf is gonna be in the movie and I’m a little disappointed about who’s playing Silena, not because I don’t like the girl, but because she doesn’t fit the description at all, Alexandra perfectly fits Silenas description to me, but I like her more as Annabeth, and I’m happy to see Leven as Clarisse and Paloma as Thalia, that’s pretty much how they look like in my mind :)

  3. Jason - June 17, 2012

    Did it say that he will follow the story better I skimed the article and wat did he say about the new people

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