On Sunday evening, July 28, usedview.com was on the scene at a very special Hamptons screening of 20th Century Fox and Fox 2000’s “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters,” which opens on August 7. From the film: Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario, and Stanley Tucci and filmmaker: Thor Freudenthal (director), Iameve (worked on the original soundtrack with Andrew Lockington, Karen Rosenfelt (producer), Chris Columbus (producer), and Michael Barnathan (producer) were all in attendance at UA Southampton Theater.
The film, which is the sequel to 2010’s “Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief,”centers around a boy named Percy Jackson who learns that he is part human and part God (a demi-god or half-blood). His father is Poseidon, God of the Sea, and therefore Percy uses water to heal himself and amongst many other uses.
Percy and some fellow demi-gods including Annabeth Chase, Clarisse La Rue, and Grover Underwood study and improve their skills at a camp for all half-bloods that live on earth. The camp is protected by a forcefield that was created by Zeus when one half-blood, Thalia, was killed near the camp. Zeus transformed her into a tree, and planted her into the earth to maintain the forcefield and protect everyone. Soon, this forcefield is broken and the only way to reinstate it, is to recover the Golden Fleece from the Sea of Monsters (known to humans as “The Bermuda Triangle”) and use it to regrow the tree of Thalia. Before Percy and his companions go on this journey they learn that Percy is not the only son of Poseidon, the other who has arrived at the camp and is not human, but a Cyclops! They all venture out together to find the Golden Fleece, but one of the half-bloods, Luke Castellan, decides to go on his own adventure to use the Fleece in order to resurrect Cronus, the evil Demon of the underworld. Cronus was put inside a tomb by his three sons Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades and it can only be opened with the Golden Fleece. Percy and Luke compete to get the Fleece first. What follows is an epic action adventure!
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The franchise of “Percy Jackson” films is based off the trilogy of novels by Rick Riordan, and was converted into films by director Thor Freudenthal, who is known for his success in family films such as “The Diary Of a Wimpy Kid” movies, that have been tremendously successful. Thor was the first to arrive with Iameve, who had a small part in the music of the film by composing an original song for the film, with help of Andrew Lockington who was head of the music department on the film. Iameve is also releasing a new album very soon, called “The Everything Nothing.”
What can we expect from the sequel?
Thor Freudenthal: There’s a lot more of the center mythology that is so central to the book series, a lot of the back story that is so important the “Sea of Monsters,” that is in book one, that is now being brought to the forefront. I was really taken by the books’ humorous tone, the books seemed to have a likeness, reverent touch to them and that’s what we tried to translate to the treatment of this movie, aside from that it’s a great kind of coming of age story wrapped into a big action adventure film.
I noticed there were extremely scary and graphically detailed villains in the first film, can we expect to see some new ones in this film?
Thor Freudenthal: We have a lot of great monsters, that we did a lot of detail and visual development work on, especially, I don’t want to give anything away, but the last act of the movie has the biggest one in the whole series of books!
There are a lot of fight scenes, did you have to do any of your own stunts?
Alexandra Daddario: Yes, I think for this movie, I felt a little bit more confident, in the first movie I had never done anything like that before, so I had war training for the first movie, but it’s just trying to stay in the best shape you can, so you can handle running around for hours and hours and also learning the choreography, and once you learn it, it’s great, you feel really cool, but it defiantly takes some time to learn.
I tried to research for this movie and the only trivia I came up with is that you died your hair blonde for the movie!
Alexandra Daddario: I did! In the first movie I was brunette and the character in the books is blonde, so I think we wanted it to be a little bit closer to the book, so I went blonde, for the first time in my life, it was really fun, took a long time, but it was cool to be blonde and I am glad that I did it, I think the fans will be really happy
How do you like Southampton so far?
Alexandra Daddario: I love it, I actually grew up not far from here, I used to come here when I was a kid, but it’s cool to be back now, in a movie!
What was the highlight of being in this sequel?
Logan Lerman: I guess this one is much more fast-paced, funnier, more like the book, so I think that fans will be excited about that!
Richard Gere and Carey Lowell, Matthew and James Wilke Broderick, Star Jones, Richard and Cricket Burns, Michael and Laurie Gelman, Kristine Johnson, Nanette Lepore, Barbara Ostrom, Meredith Ostrom, Alexander and Lisa Vreeland were a few of the hamptonites who attended this special screening. The after-party was held at Hamptons hot spot, 75 Main, which is right on the Main Street of Southampton. Offered both tasty hors d’oeuvres and drinks, all of the celebrities had a fabulous time, while kids were spotted playing with one another. Matthew Broderick was overhead saying that “Percy Jackson” was such a great family film and he enjoyed it as much as his son.
Additional reporting by J.C. Routh