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.
“Constantin has a lot of feature film brands and we are moving them into television. For instance, we own the rights to the book series ‘The Mortal Instruments,’ and we just hired a showrunner in Los Angeles, and our offices in Los Angeles and Canada are starting production next year on at least two or three international shows.”
Even though I’m not a fan of The Mortal Instruments book or the feature film adaptation, perhaps the TV format could change that. One of the film’s biggest problems is that it took so long to explain the rules of the world that everything wound up feeling thin and forced. Perhaps giving the material a chance to breathe and build over the course of a number of episodes could help develop the core concepts and unique characters more efficiently.
Constantin is also pushing forward with a Resident Evil TV series as well. There’s no denying that it’s not a particularly high quality film franchise, but a few installments are fun to watch and the series definitely still has an audience. In fact, the fifth film, Resident Evil: Retribution, scored a total of $240.2 million worldwide. Who wouldn’t want to try to recreate that level of success on TV?
According to Variety, the Mortal Instruments show is expected to go into production next year while the Resident Evil one will make its way onto TV after the next feature film.