The fate of the potential 'Mortal Instruments 2,' to be adapted from the second installment of Cassandra Clare's young-adult books, 'City of Ashes,' was up in the air after the faltering box office numbers of the first film. But even though Constantin Films had shut down production on the sequel for the time being, fans have nothing to fear, as it looks like it is back on track. But why the change of heart?
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'The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones' came out less than three weeks ago, but box office-wise (at least domestically) it's done. Having made less than $30 million stateside, that number is less than half of the film's production budget. So it's no surprise that production company Constantin Films is delaying the start of the sequel 'The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes.'
The cast and director of 'The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones' will return largely intact for the already-in-development sequel, 'City of Ashes,' and it looks like they'll find some new company in Sigourney Weaver.
The new trailer for 'The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones' is surely going to delight fans of Cassandra Clare's ongoing young adult book series, but what about the rest of us schmucks? From what we can tell, the new movie looks like a combination of 'Twilight,' 'Harry Potter' and 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer,' but without any of the aspects that made those franchises worth talking about (yes, even 'Twilight' had its moments). We clicked play on this trailer knowing nothing and when it ended, we were only baffled.
In the hierarchy of movies based on Young Adult novels, 'Divergent' and 'The Mortal Instruments' have pulled ahead in the ranks. The Shailene Woodley- and Lily Collins-led films are prepping for their respective premieres on March 21, 2014 and August 23, 2013, and already their sequels are in the works. Get ready for 'Divergent 2' (aka 'Insurgent') and 'The Mortal Instruments 2' (aka 'City of Ashes')!
The new trailer for 'The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones' looks like it has all of the ingredients to be the next big Young Adult movie franchise. A young girl with special powers? Check. Two love interests from completely different worlds? Check. A supernatural mystery that's in desperate need of solving? Check. The only question now is whether or not this thing will have the appeal of 'Twilight' or 'The Hunger Games.'
First 'Harry Potter,' then 'Twilight,' then 'The Hunger Games' and now...'The Mortal Instruments.' While other Young Adult book-adapted films have tried to establish themselves as the next big teen movie series, 'The Mortal Instruments' is already doing it...and the first film, 'City of Bones,' hasn't even hit theaters yet!
After 15-year-old Clary Fray witnesses a murder only she can see, she's quickly swept up into the hidden world of demons and the Shadowhunters that fight them.
'The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones' is the latest young adult fiction turned into a possible big screen franchise, and though the film isn't due out until late summer of 2013, there's now a trailer for the film. And, big surprise, it's going to be in front of a lot of 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2' screenings.
Jonathan Rhys Meyers is in talks to join 'The Mortal Instruments,' based on the young adult novel by Cassandra Clare, which already boasts Lily Collins in the lead role.