Rachel Smyth's Lore Olympus webcomic has been optioned as an animated series by the Jim Henson Company, according to Deadline.
"At Henson, we love stories that inspire, both artistically and intellectually, and Webtoon’s Lore Olympus does both,” said Ashley Griffis, Henson's Director of Television. “Rachel Smythe’s new take on mythology and innovative design, with a unique female perspective, makes this project perfect for today’s young adults. The world of Lore Olympus is a welcome part of the Henson tradition of exceptional fantasy storytelling.”
Lore Olympus, which is published by LINE Webtoon, is a modern-day retelling of Persephone and Hades' story from Greek mythology.
"Witness what the gods do…after dark. The friendships and the lies, the gossip and the wild parties, and of course, forbidden love," reads Webtoon's description. "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."
Launched in March 2018, Lore Olympus updates weekly and has an estimated one million readers according to Webtoon.
“We are thrilled to partner with The Jim Henson Company, a beloved brand known for its commitment to quality entertainment,” said Webtoon's Senior VP of IP Development Taylor Grant. “The combination of our tremendously successful IP along with the. creative expertise of The Jim Henson company provides an opportunity to deliver a unique animated series unlike any we’ve seen before. We are excited to expand the Lore Olympus universe and bring it to life for a whole new audience.”