Fans who religiously read Webtoon’s ‘Lore Olympus’ will be excited to hear that Eisner Award nominated webcomic is being adapted into an animated TV series by Webtoon and The Jim Henson Company.’Lore Olympus’ was launched in March 2018 by Rachel Smythe and released weekly on Sundays. The story is a retelling of Greek mythology Hades and Persephone in a modernized retelling of Hades and Persephone love story in Greek mythology.
Deadline recently reported that Webtoon is partnering with The Jim Henson Company to create Smythe’s young adult animated TV adaptation. Smythe’s Greek myth retelling is the top series on Webtoon, receiving more than a million hits per episode. The official Webtoon series synopsis for Lore Olympus is as follows:
“Witness what the gods do…after dark. The friendships and the lies, the gossip and the wild parties, and of course, forbidden love. Because it turns out, the gods aren’t so different from us after all, especially when it comes to their problems. Stylish and immersive, this is one of mythology’s greatest stories – The Taking of Persephone – as it’s never been told before.”
Comic adaptations are growing more and more popular, so much to the point that Hollywood is looking not only to the renown Marvel or DC universes for source material. An example of this is presented in ‘Love Alarm’, a live-action Korean drama that was released by Netflix earlier this year. Unlike ‘Love Alarm’, which was also based on an ongoing, serialized webtoon, ‘Lore Olympus’, it will not be receiving a live-action adaptation. The official trailer is below.
While the webcomic is still ongoing, Smythe admitted in a ‘Lore Olympus’ Q&A update that she has an end in mind for the series and numerous storylines planned, it’s just a matter of writing and drawing it all. The TV adaption has a great deal of material to work with as there are 79 episodes already out public consumption, and 82 to those that use Webtoon’s Fast Pass.
Until the adaption is released, fans will just have to be content with the weekly webisodes of Smythe’s ‘Lore Olympus’ released on Webtoon. Stay tuned for updates on the upcoming webcomic turned TV series. Let us know in the comments how excited you are for it!