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Hmm ... a movie with a ridiculously long title featuring a boy hero based on a children's fantasy novel series -- sound like anyone we know? ('Harry Potter,' we're looking at you.)

The upcoming 'Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief,' due out in Feb. 2010, is adapted from 'The Lightning Thief,' the first novel in the 'Percy Jackson & the Olympians' series by Rick Riordan. Its young leading man, Percy, discovers that he's the son of a Greek god ... and the adventure begins. Hmm ... a movie with a ridiculously long title featuring a boy hero based on a children's fantasy novel series -- sound like anyone we know? ('Harry Potter,' we're looking at you.)

The upcoming 'Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief,' due out in Feb. 2010, is adapted from 'The Lightning Thief,' the first novel in the 'Percy Jackson & the Olympians' series by Rick Riordan. Its young leading man, Percy, discovers that he's the son of a Greek god ... and the adventure begins.

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'Harry Potter' is sort of winding down -- the books are done, there are only three movies left (including 'Half-Blood Prince'), so studios are vying to find a massive blockbuster franchise to fill the quickly approaching void. The 'Narnia' movies fared well, but didn't quite hit that sweet spot; the 'Golden Compass' adaptation failed miserably to set up its franchise as a hit movie series; and 'Eragon' has 'Era'-went.

Will 'Percy Jackson & the Olympians' rise where others have fallen? Only time will tell, but it does have a leg up on the others -- the flick's directed by 'Potter' alum Chris Columbus. That's gotta help. Watch the exclusive teaser trailer and let us know if you think it's got the right stuff to fill 'Harry''s robes, or if you've got an idea for a fantasy series that might be the next big thing.

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