Constantin Film Announces RESIDENT EVIL and THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS TV Series

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The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones didn’t do too hot at the box office.  The thing cost $60 million to make, the studios likely had their fingers crossed for it to become the next big YA film franchise and then it only went on to take $90.6 million worldwide.  There were reports that the sequel, The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes, was delayed and then back on again, but it doesn’t seem as though Constantin Film got very far with it because now they’re switching gears with the property.

It’s being reported that the company is beefing up its TV department by developing spin-off TV series for both The Mortal Instruments and the Resident Evil movies as well.  Hit the jump for more on the Resident Evil and The Mortal Instruments TV series.

Lena Headey Talks 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE, DREDD, GAME OF THRONES Season 4, and the Status of THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS Sequel

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Opening this weekend is director Noam Murro’s 300: Rise of an Empire.  In the sequel to Zack Snyder’s 300, Greek general Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge that will change the course of the war against the massive invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god, Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro), and Artemisia (Eva Green), the vengeful commander of the Persian navy.  The film also stars Lena Headey, Hans Matheson, David Wenham, Igal Nao, Callan Mulvey, Jack O’Connell, and Andrew Tiernan.  I’ve seen the film twice now and am happy to report the sequel kicks ass.  The fight scenes are extremely well done, the 3D actually adds to the story, and Eva Green’s performance is worth the price of admission.  It also might have the best sex scene of 2014, and it’s only February.  While many might have wondered if we needed a sequel to 300, I’m very happy they made it.

At the Los Angeles press day I landed an exclusive video interview with Headey. She talked about her reaction to the finished film, shooting in Bulgaria, when she first heard they were finally going to make a sequel, Dredd, Game of Thrones season 4, and the status of The Mortal Instruments sequel (which sounds like it isn’t happening). Hit the jump to watch.

THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS Sequel, CITY OF ASHES, Resumes Production

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Constantin Film was so confident in The Mortal Instruments franchise that they gave a sequel to the second film, The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes, a green light before the first film, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, even opened.  When City of Bones opened to disappointing box office, production on City of Ashes was delayed.  But Constantin has renewed faith in the franchise, and will push forward with the sequel.  Martin Moszkowicz, Constantin Film’s head of film and TV, THR that the “massive fan base has responded positively to the adaptation and that Constantin is determined to continue the franchise.”  While that may be the case, the fan base is clearly nowhere near the Twilight or Hunger Games young adult audience to make the movie a hit on their own.

Hit the jump for how Constantin plans to avoid making the same mistake on City of Ashes.

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.

Godfrey Gao Talks THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES

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Within the often puritanical world of young adult fiction, The Mortal Instruments offers a uniquely complex portrayal of sexuality – embodied by the character of Magnus Bane, played by newcomer Godfrey Gao. First appearing on screen like a polyamorous Hugh Hefner in make-up, a robe and boxer briefs, Gao’s presence is initially shocking, particularly given the main character Clary’s decidedly understated representation of her own sexuality, but Gao imbues the character with dignity as he deals with the particulars of character and plot in a starkly un-flamboyant way.

Collider sat down with Gao at the Los Angeles press day for The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, where the young actor talked about the great opportunities he enjoyed working on the budding franchise as part of its dynamic acting ensemble. Additionally, he offered some brief insights into the work he did to prepare the character for future installments, and discussed the often unique costumes that character have to wear when they’re part of secret, supernatural societies like the one in the film.

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.

Jared Harris Talks THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES, Creating a World Without CG, the Deeper Themes Being Explored in the Film, and More

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The best fantasy material explores a deeper theme of some kind – and given that criteria, Jared Harris insists that The Mortal Instruments fits comfortably into the ranks of classic series. The story of a young woman named Clary who discovers that she’s a key player in a supernatural world that hides from the real one she knows, the bestselling book series by Cassandra Clare has already won millions of fans and become a beloved property that allows its readers to transport themselves to a different time and place. Harris, meanwhile, plays Hodge, a mentor figure for Clary who holds the secrets that bind her to these two worlds, and he offers his expertise both as a character and an actor to give the film its drama.

Collider sat down with Harris at the Los Angeles press day for The Mortal Instruments, where the actor talked about the opportunities he’s enjoyed in playing so many different roles in as many different kinds of projects. In addition to talking about the challenges of working on one film which seems destined to become a series, he talked about the grounding influence of practical production, and reflected on the deeper ideas that City of Bones explores which he thinks will resonate with its viewers.

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:

Screenwriter Jessica Postigo Paquette Talks THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES, the Difficulty of Adapting the Novel, the Sequel, and More

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Screenwriter Jessica Postigo Paquette began her professional career as a political journalist in Spain but has always had a lifelong passion for filmmaking.  She was tasked with adapting the first book of Cassandra Clare’s blockbuster fantasy adventure series, The Mortal Instruments, to the big screen.  The Mortal Instruments:  City of Bones, directed by Harald Zwart from her adaptation, chronicles the adventures of Clarissa “Clary” Fray (Lily Collins), an ordinary young woman who suddenly discovers she’s part of an extraordinary destiny.  Opening August 21st, the film also stars Jamie Campbell Bowers, Robert Sheehan, Jemima West, and Kevin Zegers.

At the film’s recent press day, Paquette talked about why she always wanted to be a filmmaker, the most challenging aspects of adapting the first book to the big screen, making a movie that appeals to audiences beyond the core fan base while trying not to stray too far from the source material, making last minute changes to the script as the filmmakers were going into production, and why she loves the world of fantasy.  Paquette, who is signed on for the trilogy, also discussed her current efforts to adapt City of Ashes, the second book in The Mortal Instruments series, to the big screen.  Hit the jump to read the full interview.

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.

Lily Collins Talks THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES, the Sequel, Social Media, LOVE, ROSIE, PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES, and More

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Lily Collins plays reluctant warrior Clarissa “Clary” Fray, a seemingly ordinary young woman who discovers a hidden world and an extraordinary destiny in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones opening August 21st.  The entertaining feature film adaptation of the first book of Cassandra Clare’s fantasy adventure series is directed by Harald Zwart from a screenplay by Jessica Postigo Paquette.  When Clary embarks on a dangerous journey to find her missing mother, she discovers abilities and powers she never knew she possessed.  With fellow Shadowhunters Jace (Jamie Campbell Bower), Isabelle (Jemima West) and Alec (Kevin Zegers) at her side, she proves to be a formidable opponent against an array of deadly adversaries.

At the film’s recent press day, Collins talked about what inspired her to read the series, her preparation for the role, what appealed to her about her character, the challenges she faced at her character’s age, wanting to give young people a voice, her transition from journalist to actress, her take on social media, performing her own stunts, bonding with fellow cast members, and what’s next:  the upcoming sequel The Mortal Instruments:  City of Ashes, the recently completed Love, Rosie, and a horror romance thriller in development called Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.  Hit the jump to read the full interview.

Director Harald Zwart Talks THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES, Deleted Scenes, Easter Eggs, the Sequel, and More

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Harald Zwart has been working steadily in Hollywood for more than a decade, but when he enjoyed enormous commercial success in 2010 with his remake of The Karate Kid, he put that box office muscle behind a passion project. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is the first film in a proposed series of adaptations of Cassandra Clare’s novels, and he undertook the project in order to give his daughter a big-screen heroine she could look up to – in the process doing the same for millions of other young women around the world.

At the recent Los Angeles press day for City of Bones, Zwart talked with Collider about the inspiration for undertaking the series, working on releasing one film while already being in the process of preparing its sequel, and about a few of the surprises and easter eggs fans might get to see when it hits home video.

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.

Comic-Con: Director Harald Zwart Talks THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES, the Challenges of Adapting the Book, Directing 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, director Harald Zwart spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about wanting Cassandra Clare involved with the filmmaking process, how challenging it was to get this complex world and story down to a manageable length, following his own instincts during the editing process, how much deleted footage there is, what a privilege it is to get the second film greenlit before the first is released in theaters, that he’s deep in prep for a September start date for shooting, and what he’s most looking forward to with the second film.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

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