Patrick has given us a gift of a bit of a preview of the script he is working on for Percy Jackson: Titan’s Curse. For those of you who do not know, Patrick is a fan, just like you and me, that really, really, REALLY! wants Titan’s Curse to happen. Below is what he sent me. Feel free to comment below and interact with different ideas. Also, Patrick was wanting some of the fans to talk about his ideas and whatnot. He suggested Skype, but I really love using Google Docs, allowing it to all be written out and stuff (its what Louis, Kit, and I used for commentaries). So, if you would like to join in, please send me an email at email@example.com. So, here it is from Patrick:
PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THAT THIS IS A ROUGH DRAFT AND IT WILL BE CHANGED AS TIME GOES ON.
ALSO KEEP IN MIND THAT A BOOK AND A MOVIE ARE TWO DISTINCT THINGS, SO THEREFORE THERE WILL BE DIFFERENCES. “LET’S FACE IT: IF THE MOVIE HAD EVERYTHING FROM THE BOOK, THEN THERE WOULD BE NO POINT IN GOING TO SEE IT”. PLEASE CONSIDER MY IDEAS BEFORE YOU RIP ME APART.
Nonetheless, my intent is to have the movie be even more loyal to the books than the first two and fix the problems associated with them. That being said, please remember that there has to be some form of difference and reason towards making things work cinematically and in the context of the first two films.
Please read my notes below for more info/context.
Percy Jackson & The Titan’s Curse Treatment.
We open up with the company logos transcending into Greek carvings like what was shown on the museum urn in the Lightning Thief film. The glyphs depict what has happened in the previous two films in clear detail as the opening credits play over them.
We fade to black, back into an exterior shot of a boarding school by the sea, on a cliff. It is quite a stormy night, with waves blasting the rocks on the shore. As one wave looms closer, a figure leaps from within it. The figure lands on the shores, looking up towards his horizon.
We cut inside the building. We see the figure’s legs walking down the dark corridor, the place showing strong emphasis on disciplines and Greek myths. The figure arrives at a middle aged female receptionist’s desk, containing a hyper alert CHIHUAHUA under the desk.
The figure tells the receptionist that he is here to see two of the students, named BIANCA and NICO. He gives his name as Haley Riordan, but it is really not so. The receptionist gives our hero directions to go down to the right of the hall. As he leaves, the CHIHUHUA barks like crazy, the receptionist patting the dog to calm it down…
Our hero ends walks past a large gymnasium where an intensive game of DODGEBALL is being played. The opposing team to a group of young students consists of large, muscular boys. Our protagonist scans the area, approaching a fallen student by the doorway, asking for the two that he seek in case they were actually playing the game rather than being in their rooms as he was told earlier. He is told that they are in their respective room. After suggesting the student to have lots of WATER to sustain, our hero makes his way to a dorm door, upon which he knocks. He is greeted by some rude resistance, but is quickly welcomed in. He introduces himself as PERCY JACKSON, and shows off some special powers, describing himself as being a DEMIGOD, a half-human, half-Greek GOD. He opens the window and controls the rainwater to quench the two’s thirst and giving them a little splash to “cool off”. Percy explains that he needs Bianca and Nico to come to his home, CAMP HALF-BLOOD, with him to help stop an impending battle between the Gods and Titans, as they could prove beneficial in support. The two complain of personal issues, but are eventually coaxed to leave.
Percy & crew make their way out of the building, but are stopped by a huge dodge ball player, who interrogates Nico for having hookied the game. During this interrogation, it is soon revealed that these “big boys” are actually Laistrygonian giants in disguise, and a battle ensues with the giants throwing super powered dodge balls. Percy & co. fight back with Percy controlling the gym’s sprinklers and water fountain quite effectively. Nico reveals his power of causing EARTHQUAKES, which makes Bianca feel uneasy as to what her powers could be.
After “apologizing” for the damage, Percy & co escape, to the other side of the coast. Suddenly, the group comes face to face with non-other than the Chihuahua, who soon morphs into a CHIMERA and attacks. An intense battle ensues, the Chimera causing great damaged to the heroes and the environment around them. Percy tries to use his powers but it is no use: The melting snow is just not the same as water. Suddenly, monster appears to be attacking himself. Percy is soon dragged off to the corner by an invisible force.
Overhead, Percy’s friends Grover and Thalia arrive on pegasuses, one of them a black one named Blackjack. They pile heaps of snow on top of the savage beast. Percy turns to see that an invisible baseball cap took him away. The cap flips around showing that it is his girlfriend, Annabeth Chase. Annabeth uses her cap and knife in the fight, which continues with the heroes each showing individual powers, though Bianca convinces Nico to keep his powers at ease for safety. Grover uses his REED PIPES to control nature to attack the beast, and Thalia uses gas arrows, which amuses Bianca. Percy draws his Sword, Riptide, and enters the fray.
The fight subsides at the edge of a cliff, where the monster is defeated, but Annabeth is taken with him, reminiscent of Ursula dragging Ariel off the ship with her in The Little Mermaid. Percy feels remorse over Annabeth’s loss, but Grover quickly pulls him back, leading him over to Blackjack and his companions. They fly and take off.
We fade into the next scene whereby we get a view of Camp Half-Blood. It is winter, but there is a lot of activity going on. Chariot sled races, and a game of capture the flag between campers and hunters are among the activities glimpsed as Percy and co make their way through the camp to the Big House. They report to Chiron and Mr. D the result of their quest. Now Annabeth, along with the goddess Artemis, who set off to find a mythical beast that will help them end the war with the titans, is taken away and missing. Artemis’ hunters are also present. The Hunters decide to go on a rescue mission to get Annabeth, Artemis and her desired beast that she was hunting.
The lead Hunter, Zoe Nightshade accepts Bianca into their rank, having desired to join the Hunters after meeting Thalia, who is their lieutenant, but does not allow Percy to join them on the quest because she does not trust boys, in part due to his failure in keeping Annabeth safe, and seeing him as overall “unexceptional”. Nico wants to come too, but Bianca deems him too young and Zoe forbids him per her rule Grover decides to begin his own quest for Pan, as he believes it will help the Olympians in the coming war. Percy is frustrated that he cannot do anything, especially since it is his destiny to bring peace to or destroy Olympus. The latter possibility provides another explanation to Zoe’s prejudice. Mr. D suggests that he can stay for maintenance reasons, but Chiron encourages him to perhaps go home and visit his family for the holidays, waiting for his call when needed.
Percy goes back to his cabin, carrying Annabeth’s invisible baseball hat, and placing it down on a bedside table. He looks at pictures of his mom with her new boyfriend, Paul Blofis, and his half-brother Tyson the Cyclops, who is now working with fellow cyclopses in foraging. He sits and ponders, flashbacks from the first two movies being shown:
“I defiantly have strong feelings for you, I just haven’t decided if they are positive or negative yet”
“If you’re afraid of your destiny, write a new one”
“Having a destiny is a lot like having a brother. Maybe it’s not as bad as you think”
Percy picks up the hat and looks at it. Sniffing back a tear, he gets up and starts packing.
We cut to Percy walking by a big pool sized spring with the Aphrodite bikini girls who invite him to come in, saying they don’t bite. A girl shakes as if bitten after that. Percy says no thanks. Another one says, “We can mooooooo!” Percy turns and she says that wasn’t me. The girls see something moving around in the water afterwards, in a scene with tension reminiscent of Jaws. The girls try to get out, but it is cold and it does bother them anyway. Percy draws Riptide & comes over to investigate. He conjures a water shield over the girls to separate them from the beast. They can breathe in it & swim around. Percy submerges the water, only to reveal Bessie, a sea serpent known as an Ophiotarus. The shield subsides & one of the girls, named Lacy comes over & cradles the baby Bessie in her arms, singing, “I have a lovely box of coconuts”. She steps forward into showing her care for the animals against some of the other girls who are nervous & uncomfortable with this type of thing.
Later, we end up in The Big House where Chiron explains that Bessie happens to be the beast that Artemis was seeking out. Sacrificing its entails could destroy gods, so it would prove beneficial to them in the coming war. Percy and the Aphrodite girls are present, the girls wearing toga robes to keep them warm. Lacy explains her passion to protecting/taking care of Bessie & her significance. Bessie is kept in a little tankard like Lupin’s Grindylow tank. After Lacy establishes that she will take care of the creature for the time being, Percy encounters Nico on the way who convinces him to go after the Hunters because Percy knows of the creature and has beneficial powers.
Percy soon encounters Blackjack, who offers up his services, thinking Percy is great for being connected to who created him. Blackjack soars to the top of the Empire State Building, where Percy surveys the city, reminiscent of the book cover. Having demigoogled them earlier, Percy keeps his eyes peeled for his friends and the coordinates that could lead to them.
Dr. Thorn is cut from the movie (though he will be mentioned/referenced later on) due to the Manticore already appearing in the SoM movie and like with the Hydra being cut from that movie, we don’t want the movies to be too repetitive. Besides, the Chimera is very similar to the Manticore, so I’m keeping with the spirit of the monster. Its intended to possibly reuse monsters that were cut from the other movies to give fans the moments that they wanted to see but could not in a new context which is actually what book adaptation movies SHOULD be doing in the first place. I actually found out that the Chimera was SUPPOSED to be in the LT film in a script draft but was later cut.
The finding Bessie scene is keeping with the context of them being older. A lot of that was missing from the SOM movie, which quite frankly seems to be why a lot of non and even actual book readers did not like it, because it was deemed too tame and “safe”. They are teenagers in this context after all. Besides, the scene as it is in the book is just too complicated and difficult to film plus does not flow that well with the story. I do know that I am introducing Lacy earlier (her role was meant to be an original character at first) but it sets things up for a possible HoO movie(s) without being too obvious. She would be older in this context too so she would have a slightly different personality since she is older, she would have already overcome or in this case perhaps making the step to overcome her insecurities)
I am thinking about adding on a prologue at the beginning that explains the Atlas back-story a bit better. But as the first two movies opened with the prologue, I figured it would be too repetitive and to quote Pixar, “it’s always best to start with your main character”. I just hope it’s not too confusing for people to follow and I apologize for being vague.
The movie is meant to be a sort of “wrap up” of the first two movies while also fixing them, ala Toy Story 3 and X-Men: Days of Future Past (no time travel though :)) however it will leave things open for the next too. You would want to put out all that you got in order to have this film be the best it can be and stand on its own while also being a serviceable sequel/set up. Just look at most book adaptation movies like Eragon, Vampire Academy, and even non book adaptations (though it is based on a COMIC book) like Amazing Spider-Man 2 which spent a lot of time setting up and/or having a cliffhanger sequel bait ending. SoM did have such an ending but it was following the book, however that could be a fault in its stars (pun intended) as to what led to its failure. I can DEFINITELY tell you that the very ending will be more loyal than the LT movie, and the climax will also be far more loyal than both movies, and it actually will be almost word for word like the book but will have to be tweaked a bit. Going back to the “wrap up” do not forget that Logan et al’s contracts are only for THREE movies, so therefore if this does well they will have to be convinced to return (especially if that Spider-man thing with him does indeed happen: http://www.percyjacksonmovies.com/update-patrick-percy-jackson-3-script-18650/). I should also say that the main reason WHY I so desperately want another movie is to tie up the cliffhanger and other loose ends of SoM and have a (at least mostly) complete storyline in the films. So therefore, we do not need another cliffhanger, especially if this movie does bomb.
Apollo and Artemis ARE in the movie, they just won’t be introduced as early. There is too much going on at the beginning and it streamlines the flow and pacing better. It just makes more sense to have their mission already be layed out for them instead of having all these little bumps and flows at the beginning. Do not worry; Apollo’s car scene will be included later on. And btw, I have the PERFECT actor in mind for Apollo: Chris Pratt! I was also thinking that James Gunn of Guardians of the Galaxy would be a possible choice to direct, though as he is working on GOTG2, it may not be possible. Also keep in mind that the Capture the Flag game will be briefly glimpsed. I also thought having Grover come in later, riding the boar as Calvary will keep better with the humor of the books and it will tie into the overall plot better, especially setting up Pan at the end, since Pan was left out of first two movies.
I do not know if this is quite clear or not, but I am kinda stuck on Percy’s arc for the movie. WHY are we watching the movie? What is the compilation aka the reason for the audience to be at the movie; the evolution of Percy’s character; what does he learn/why & how does he change during the movie. I mean what I have in there is a good start, but it does seem kinda repetitive the sort of emotions and doubt that Percy goes through in this movie compared to the SoM movie (this is also an issue with the books too though). I do have a rough idea like I said, but I just thought I’d get it out there for help. Maybe focus on his destiny and HOW to fulfill it, looking at a plan gone wrong like their mission at the beginning and not messing up? It’s easier to have Thalia already be a lieutenant at the beginning as it brings Bianca’s desire to join a lot more strongly and again too much plot/goings on in the movie to develop. And once again they are older in the movie (which explains Annabeth/Percy’s relationship; it was already kinda like that in the SoM movie) so therefore things will be altered in their choices and character development.
I have a lot more done but this is what I had on my Alphasmart (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AlphaSmart) file that I could work on. I basically have roughly the whole movie planned out in rough notes and in my mind, but have just not put down exactly how I am going to do it, or rather I did, but it’s in the Sea of Monsters of my notes (pun intended) and as such takes time to go through. You would not believe the exact length of notes I have taken. I hope to get the WHOLE thing done soon, but I thought it’d be best to give you guys a taste of where I am going so you can deliver me notes/feedback etc. Happy New Year and thank you for all the support in this project!