THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF ASHES Delayed; Future of the Sequel in Question

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The sequel to The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones was set to start filming in the next few months, but now Constantin Films has put the brakes on the project.  The studio announced today (via The Wrap) that production on The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes has been “delayed,” but The Wrap notes that the future of the project is in question.  This isn’t exactly a major surprise, as City of Bones debuted to only $9.3 million in its opening weekend and its worldwide total currently stands at $37 million against a budget of $60 million.

Harald Zwart was onboard to return as director for the YA sequel City of Ashes as was the entire cast, but frankly I would have been surprised if Constantin Films moved forward with the follow-up in the wake of the first film’s box office disappointment.  Though City of Ashes has yet to be officially canceled, I wouldn’t exactly hold my breath for it to get back on track anytime soon.

TOP 5: Ben Affleck Is Batman, The Best Weekend This Summer, Iconic Directors Talk the Future of Movies in 1990, THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS, STAR WARS

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It should come as a surprise to no one that this week’s Top 5 is headlined by the news that Ben Affleck will inherit the cowl as the next Batman in Summer 2015′s Man of Steel sequel. And with good reason. Unless something goes drastically wrong, the movie is going to be an international blockbuster that millions will line up to see/pay for (yours truly included). That said, and like I mentioned last week, this weekend is one that I’ve been looking forward to for some time and one that I hope movie lovers will embrace; which is why Matt’s editorial on this being the best weekend of the summer earns the second spot in this week’s installment. If you need a break from the common blockbuster, sequel, reboot, remake, etc., this weekend is for you. If you believe original movies have a place at your local cineplex, here’s your chance to dig into your wallet and prove it. You might be paying to see your favorite movie of the summer or you might end up seeing something that doesn’t suit your tastes at all. Either way, you’ll come out of it a better movie fan than you went in.

All begging and pleading aside, on tap this week is the aforementioned Ben Affleck/Batman news, Matt’s editorial on this being the best weekend of the summer (which will start the begging and pleading all over again), a neat flashback video of George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, and Martin Scorsese discussing the future of movies in 1990 with Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel, interviews for The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, and a couple of noteworthy Star Wars: Episode VII tidbits. As is customary, a brief recap and link to each of the above can be found after the jump.

Jamie Campbell Bower Talks THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES and Sequel, Staying in Touch with TWILIGHT Friends, and OVERDRIVE

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Jamie Campbell Bower shines in his role as Jace, a heroic young Shadowhunter wise beyond his years, in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, the exciting big-screen adaptation of the first book of Cassandra Clare’s blockbuster fantasy adventure series directed by Harold Zwart.  Alongside fellow Shadowhunters Isabelle (Jemima West) and Alec (Kevin Zegers), Jace fights off demons, warlocks, vampires, werewolves and other supernatural denizens of the Shadow World to help Clarissa “Clary” Fray (Lily Collins) in her dangerous quest to retrieve an ancient Cup that holds the key to her mother’s future.

At a recent roundtable interview, Bower talked about his familiarity with the books and using them as a tool for creating his character, his 4-1/2 months of extensive training for the role, the kick-ass Hotel Dumort action scenes, the collaborative directing process with Zwart, working opposite Collins, bonding with his friends on set, his emotional reaction when shooting ended before finding out he’d be in the sequel, his favorite tattoos, his innovative idea for a tattoo cover-up, staying in touch with his friends from Twilight, his childhood love of horror, writing music, and his upcoming films, The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes and the action thriller Overdrive.  Check out the rest of the interview after the jump:

Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, and Kevin Zegers Talk THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES

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Although Lily Collins made her Hollywood breakthrough playing Snow White, she wasn’t content to play a damsel in distress – and Tarsem’s film of the same name rebranded the iconic fairy tale character as a heroine to be reckoned with. In her latest big role, in Harald Zwart’s adaptation of The Mortal Instruments, she continues that trajectory of imperiled young women who end up rescuing themselves: she plays Clary, an average New York teenager who finds herself fighting evil forces after discovering secret powers – as a “Shadow Hunter” — that she inherited from her mother.

That said, the formidable leading lady has some equally strong counterparts to keep her company on screen, played by Jamie Campbell-Bower and Kevin Zegers, two seasoned Shadow Hunters who help her get oriented in the world of supernatural forces that lurks beneath our own. Collider sat down with the trio of young actors at the recent Los Angeles press day for The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, where they revealed a few details about the secret society their characters are a part of, and offered some insights on playing roles that they know – or hope at least – that they will be reprising for years to come.

THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES Review

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I don’t even really know where to begin with The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, but that’s okay because the movie doesn’t really know where to begin either.  It’s a sloppy, shoddy excuse for a fantasy love story where supernatural creations and teen romance are smushed together in the hopes of creating thrills and drama.  It’s the equivalent of throwing a bunch of stale ingredients on a table, and then wondering why a meal hasn’t magically happened.  It’s difficult to even level the charge of cynical calculation because calculation would at least require some effort.  Harold Zwart’s adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s novel is an interminable slog filled with thinly drawn characters, a ramshackle plot, a laughable love story, and perfunctory mythology that never feels magical.

24 New High-Resolution Images from THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES

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Screen Gems has released a bounty of new high-resolution images from director Harald Zwart’s YA adaptation The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.  Based on the book by Cassandra Clare, the upcoming film tells the story of Clary Fray (Lily Collins), a seemingly ordinary teenager who discovers that she is the descendant of a line of Shadowhunters, a secret organization of young half-angel warriors in an ancient battle to protect our world from demons.  These new images give a nice overview of what to expect from the pic, which is now only days away from release.

Hit the jump to check out the images, and if you missed any over our interviews or previous Mortal Instruments coverage, click here.  The film also stars Jamie Campbell BowerKevin ZegersJared HarrisJonathan Rhys MeyersLena Headey, Jemima West, Robert Sheehan, Godfrey GaoCCH Pounder, and Aidan Turner.  The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones opens August 21st.

2 New Clips from THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES Starring Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower

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Sony Pictures has released two new clips from The Moral Instruments: City of Bones.  Based on the book by Cassandra Clare, the upcoming film tells the story of Clary Fray (Lily Collins), a seemingly ordinary teenager who discovers that she is the descendant of a line of Shadowhunters, a secret organization of young half-angel warriors in an ancient battle to protect our world from demons. I’m planning to see the film next week, and since I’m not the target audience and haven’t read the books, I’d like to be surprised.  For those who can’t wait to get a look at the picture, these clips are for you.

Hit the jump to check out the clips.  The film also stars Jamie Campbell Bower, Kevin Zegers, Jared Harris, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Lena Headey, CCH Pounder, and Aidan TurnerThe Mortal Instruments: City of Bones opens August 21st.

Extended Clip from THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES Features Lena Headey Fighting with a Frying Pan

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Screen Gems has released a new, five-minute clip from director Harald Zwart’s upcoming YA adaptation The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.  Set in contemporary New York City, the film tells the story of Clary Fray (Lily Collins), a seemingly ordinary teenager who discovers that she is the descendant of a line of Shadowhunters, a secret organization of young half-angel warriors in an ancient battle to protect our world from demons.  This clip is the same one the studio showed off at Comic-Con, and it features a pretty intense fight scene between Lena Headey and Kevin Durand, as well as a really gnarly creature.

Hit the jump to watch the extended clip.  The film also stars Jamie Campbell BowerKevin ZegersJared HarrisJonathan Rhys Meyers, CCH Pounder and Aidan TurnerThe Mortal Instruments: City of Bones opens on August 21st.

Comic-Con: Jamie Campbell Bower Talks THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES, Living a Rock Star Fantasy, Getting Into Character, the Sequel, and More

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Set in contemporary New York City, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones tells the story of Clary Fray (Lily Collins), a seemingly ordinary teenager who discovers that she is the descendant of a line of Shadowhunters, a secret organization of young half-angel warriors in an ancient battle to protect our world from demons.  Adapted from the book by Cassandra Clare, action-adventure fantasy also stars Jamie Campbell Bower, Kevin Zegers, Jared Harris, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Lena Headey, CCH Pounder and Aidan Turner.

While at Comic-Con to promote the film and share footage with fans, actor Jamie Campbell Bower (“Jace Wayland”) spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about what initially drew him to this role, getting to live out a bit of a rock star fantasy playing Jace , that he had a mood board with pictures in his trailer to help him get into character, how proud he is of the finished film, how pumped he was to work with Jonathan Rhys Meyers, and that they’re looking ahead to the second film, which has already been greenlit.  Check out what he said after the jump.

Comic-Con: THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES Panel Recap; Cast and Crew Preview Extended Clip and Choose Their Runes

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Comic-Con is ostensibly for the fans of particular properties.  But it’s truly about marketing, and marketing can’t just be about the fans of a book, TV show, earlier movie, etc.  It has to expand to those who wouldn’t typically be interested or are completely ignorant of the adaptation.  If you can’t draw in anyone other than those who have already bought their ticket because they love the property, then your supposedly mainstream adaptation becomes largely irrelevant to the movie-going public.  Judging by the Comic-Con panel for The Mortal Instruments, this could be one of the most irrelevant films of the summer.

Hit the jump for my recap of the panel.  The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones opens August 21st.

New Trailer for THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES Starring Lily Collins

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A new trailer has been released for the adaptation of the young adult novel, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.  Set in modern-day NYC, the film tells the story of Clary Fray (Lily Collins), a seemingly ordinary teenager who discovers that she is the descendant of a line of Shadowhunters, a secret organization of young half-angel warriors in an ancient battle to protect our world from demons.  I have no familiarity with the source material, so I’m more interested to know how fans are responding to this adaptation.  From an outsider’s perspective, I’m fairly indifferent since nothing in this trailer or the previous one has really grabbed at me.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also stars Lena Headey, Robert Sheehan, Jamie Campbell Bower, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Kevin Zegers, Kevin Durand, Jared Harris, and CCH PounderThe Mortal Instruments: City of Bones opens on August 21st.

Jamie Campbell Bower Talks THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES, the Negative Fan Reaction to His Casting, and More at WonderCon

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Set in contemporary New York City, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones tells the story of Clary Fray (Lily Collins), a seemingly ordinary teenager who discovers that she is the descendant of a line of Shadowhunters, a secret organization of young half-angel warriors in an ancient battle to protect our world from demons.  Adapted from the book by Cassandra Clare, action-adventure fantasy also stars Jamie Campbell Bower, Kevin Zegers, Jared Harris, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Lena Headey, CCH Pounder and Aidan Turner.  For more on the film, watch the new trailer.

While at WonderCon, actor Jamie Campbell Bower spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about how he came to this project, that the underlying love story was what really drew him to the film, just how deeply hurtful the negative fan reaction about his casting was, that the look and physicality for the character was total collaboration, how much he enjoyed the neck tattoos, his favorite action sequence, what it’s been like to have Lily Collins to go through all of this with, what he likes about Jace Wayland, and why he loves worlds built around extensive mythologies.  Hit the jump to watch or read what he had to say.

New Trailer for THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES Starring Lily Collins

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A new trailer for director Harald Zwart’s The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones has gone online.  I got to check out this particular trailer at the WonderCon panel and I was impressed by the caliber and amount of action on display.  I’m sure that fans of the source material will pick up on a lot more of the mythology than a novice like myself, but it’s got a cool aesthetic that actually looks rather inviting.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, based on the Cassandra Clare novel, stars Lily Collins, Lena Headey, Robert Sheehan, Jamie Campbell Bower, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Kevin Zegers, Kevin Durand, Jared Harris and CCH Pounder. The film opens on August 23rd, 2013.  Hit the jump to view the trailer. 

6 New Images from THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES Featuring Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Lily Collins, and Jamie Campbell Bower

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Screen Gems has released batch of new character images from director Harald Zwart’s adaptation of the Cassandra Clare YA novel The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.  The story follows Clary Fray (Lily Collins), a teenage girl who discovers that she’s descended from a sect of half-angel warriors who protect the world from demons.  These images give us a number of new looks at the supporting characters in the film, as well as principals Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, and a rather intense-looking Jonathan Rhys Meyers.

Hit the jump to take a look at the images, and if you missed any of Steve’s set visit coverage check out 35 things to know about the film and his interviews with Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Jared Harris, director Harald Zwart, author Cassandra Clare, and producers Don Carmody and Robert KulzerThe Mortal Instruments: City of Bones opens on August 23rd.

35 Things to Know About THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES From Our Set Visit

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Valentine Morgenstern (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) is holding Clary Fray (Lily Collins) down on a long wooden table.  He’s angry, and getting more frustrated with each passing second.  Standing close by is Jace Wayland (Jamie Campbell Bower), who is covered in tattoos, and he looks concerned.  After some time passes, Valentine screams “I want my cup!” A second later, he slams Clary’s head onto the table and turns around and hits Jace.  Immediately Jace says, “you said you wouldn’t hurt her!” and then grabs a long wooden staff to go in for the attack.  A second later, I hear director Harald Zwart call cut.

But let me back up a second.

About four months ago, I got to visit the set of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones with a few other reporters when the production was filming in Toronto.  While on set I participated in group interviews with the cast and filmmakers, watched a few scenes get filmed, and saw firsthand how Cassandre Clare’s extremely popular young adult series was being brought to life.  And from what I saw on set, if you’re a fan of the series, I think you’re going to be extremely happy.  Hit the jump for more.

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