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 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.
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 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 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.