The people behind what was supposed to be a feature film franchise are instead taking the brand to television. According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Mortal Instruments” is being relaunched as a “high-end drama series.”
The move by Constantin Film, which holds the rights to the fantasy franchise based on Cassandra Clare’s young-adult bestsellers, comes after the 2013 release “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones,” which starred Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower, delivered a disappointing domestic box office of just $31 million, THR reports.
“Constantin has hired Ed Decter, whose writer-producer credits include ‘Helix,’ ‘Unforgettable,’ ‘In Plain Sight’ and ‘The Client List,’ as the showrunner for the ‘Mortal Instruments’ series. The project is currently in development, with Constantin planning to begin production next year. No broadcast partners are yet attached to the series,” THR reports.
Constantin film and TV head Martin Moszkowicz told the publication: “It actually makes sense to do (the novels) as a TV series. There was so much from the book that we had to leave out of the ‘Mortal Instruments’ film. In the series we’ll be able to go deeper and explore this world in greater detail and depth.”
Constantin, based in Germany, is reportedly also looking at other projects for the U.S. television market, including the “Resident Evil” science-fiction/horror franchise and “Perfume: The Story of a Murderer.”
“The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones”