Let’s Play Good Cop, Bad Cop with the New ‘Shadowhunters’ Script Leaks

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The Shadowhunters fandom is in a really good place right now. Just last week we learned that Dominic Sherwood will be playing Jace in Shadowhunters, and it sounds like we’ll be getting our Clary this coming week, perhaps even as soon as Monday.

But if you’ve checked out our Twitter profile recently, you’ve noticed we shared a link from our friends at Idris BR (go read their thoughts) discussing their thoughts on the new script that they got a hold of. We’ve read the same script leaks and have some similar not-so-pleasant thoughts and a couple pleasant thoughts (because we’re trying to be optimistic here) about what direction they might be taking this show and how they could adapt it for the better.

The Good: Isabelle and Alec share a nice moment

With that said, there’s a really nice moment between Izzy and Alec where they sort of indirectly discuss his feelings about his sexuality. It’s a nice sibling moment that we hope is the first of many to come for these two as Alec and Isabelle’s relationship is crucial in this series. I cannot urge those in charge to embrace it and not erase it.

That’s one of the great things about television is that there’s ample time to explore more relationships and characters in a 13-hour to 22-hour season in relation to a 2-hour movie. There’s a lot context and a lot of exploration.

The Bad: Isabelle is not a sex toy who doesn’t care about her duty

While we can certainly appreciate how beautiful Isabelle Lightwood is, one of the things that really irked me about her characterization in this script is that all she seems to care about is sleeping around. Yes, Isabelle is sexy — and she knows she’s sexy — but she uses that as a weapon in itself. She’s not someone who is distracted by her relationships with Downworlders and seems to only care about that.

The script also makes mention that Isabelle doesn’t care so much about her Shadowhunter duties. When on patrol, it seems as if Isabelle is disappearing with any Downworlder she can find, and she doesn’t care. This scene was a poor depiction of the strong Isabelle character we’ve grown to love in this series. She’s over sexualized in a way that just screams to me: We need a sexy girl to walk around in this show like that’s her only purpose. It’s not. And I don’t want Isabelle’s characterization sacrificed because they want to sex-up the show.

The Good: Luke and Jocelyn’s relationship is mentioned

One of the things that was severely lacking in the movie was the relationship between Luke and Jocelyn. Basically, there wasn’t nearly enough. That’s why when I heard that they were going to be making Shadowhunters, I got so excited that we’d get ample time to explore this important adult relationship that appeared to get lost in the shuffle during the film. Luke’s police captain encourages Luke to go for it with Jocelyn, basically hinting that they’re already practically married as it is. Please, don’t let this storyline get lost in the shuffle.

The Bad: Luke is a detective

I’m sorry, but how is that going to work? Luke is a werewolf. Does he somehow manage to pull the daytime shift whenever there’s a full moon? This whole thing seems problematic. In the scene, Luke and his captain are looking into another “demonic killing” that’s been sweeping the city, which clearly seems to be related to vampires. Like, I sort of get where they’re trying to go with this — the whole, keep a central character involved via involvement in the police force (it’s prevalent in a ton of shows) — but with Luke’s condition it just doesn’t make sense.

The Bad: Valentine doing his demon bidding in Chernobyl 

In what appears to be the first appearance of Valentine, we find him in Chernobyl doing some experimentations with demons and human blood. There’s mention of a Ravener demon, which we’re all familiar with. But it’s just that Valentine hiding in Chernobyl to do his demon experimentations makes no sense. That’s the first place people would look for suspicious and dangerous activity. At least try to go somewhere less noticeable. It’s small, I know, but it made our “bad” list.

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We don’t want to mess with the great energy of the fandom right now, but we want to keep you informed on everything happening with this show. As fellow fans, we want the best adaptation possible with this television show. We want to ensure that the characters we love are respected in their portrayals on paper and that the essence of the story remains intact.

But the good news is that in Hollywood scripts are always changing. There’s always things that are going to be changed up to the last second. And production on Shadowhunters isn’t set to begin until June, so we’d say there’s still plenty of time to voice our opinion and hope that the folks at ABC Family and Ed Decter are listening. I know they want to put out the best product possible and please the fans. So I hope that, if they’re reading this, that they’ll listen to our opinions on how to keep the show as faithful as it possibly can be with a television adaptation.

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‘Shadowhunters': Dominic Sherwood has tested with potential Clarys

It was just Monday that Shadowhunters found its Jace in Dominic Sherwood. Could we soon be getting Clary? (We’re ready #WhoIsClary)

Shadowhunters executive producer McG tweeted out a photo of him with Dominic and a caption that said that Dominic had tested with potential Clary actresses.

Shadowhunters is set to begin production next month in Toronto and will premiere in early 2016 on ABC Family.

‘Shadowhunters': 5 Reasons Why We Believe Dominic Sherwood is the Perfect Jace

Exciting news rocked the Shadowhunters fandom on Monday when Dominic Sherwood was cast as Jace in Shadowhunters, the television adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s bestselling series.

We’re excited too, Dom!

We haven’t even seen Dominic in full Shadowhunter gear as Jace, but we’re confident that Dom will be the perfect Jace!

Here are five reasons why:

1. He’s Gorgeous

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While that’s certainly not the most important thing, it certain helps as Dominic prepares to co-headline a television franchise that airs on a network aimed at teens (or an audience interested in YA stories). Dom’s got that smoldering sexiness about him that Jace is known to use as a weapon. We can’t wait to see how Dominic portrays Jace. All I’m saying is we’d better get, “I am stunningly attractive” or the fandom might riot.

2. He’s Got Experience in Young Adult Adaptations

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While this may be the first time Dominic headlines a Young Adult adaptation, it’s certainly not his first go-around with a passionate Young Adult fan base. Last year, Dominic played Christian Ozera in Vampire Academy, and got to see firsthand just how passionate a book fan base can be.

3. He’s Got the Jace Look

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Blonde hair? Check. Angelic features? Check. Ripped physic? Check! Dominic has got everything from the physical attributes to the smoldering looks that just scream Jace. He’s already Jace-ready.

4. The Fandom Approves

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From the start the announcement of Dominic’s casting was received well by the fandom, which was surprising because in any fandom the casting of a beloved character is usually met with some significant degree of negativity. The fact that Dom is playing a character that has been portrayed on the big screen was also a concern, but it seems as if those who were adamant about Jamie Campbell Bower returning are seeing that this is just a different interpretation of the character in a completely different world. Keep the positivity coming with future castings!

5. Cassandra Clare Approves

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Well, I don’t know about you, but if Cassie approves, then I approve. What better kudos to get than from the author herself!

Shadowhunters begins production next month in Toronto and is slated for an early 2016 premiere on ABC Family.

Exclusive: Luke Pasqualino talks Narrating ‘The Whitechapel Fiend’ + Listen to an Excerpt!

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As we celebrate today’s release of The Whitechapel Fiend, the latest installment of Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy, we’re bringing you an exclusive interview with audiobook narrator Luke Pasqualino, as well as an excerpt from the audiobook, which is available now.

In the clip, Pasqualino talks about his first audiobook experience and why he likes the character of Simon Lewis.

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Excerpt:

The Whitechapel Fiend is now available on eBook and audiobook.

Dominic Sherwood cast as Jace Wayland in ‘Shadowhunters’

  

Shadowhunters has found its Jace.

Dominic Sherwood has been cast as Jace Wayland in the television adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s worldwide bestselling Mortal Instruments series, TMI Source has learned.

This isn’t Sherwood’s first foray into the Young Adult world of adaptations. Sherwood played Christian Ozera in the shortlived Vampire Academy.

Sherwood has got the looks, the acting chops and the YA experience that we just know he’s going to be an amazing Jace.

Shadowhunters begins production next month in Toronto and will premiere in early 2016 on ABC Family. 

Here’s the press release:

ABC FAMILY HAS CAST DOMINIC SHERWOOD AS ‘JACE WAYLAND,’

THE MALE LEAD FOR THE SAGA SERIESSHADOWHUNTERS

Burbank, CA (April 20, 2015) – ABC Family has found their ‘Jace’ in British actor Dominic Sherwood — it was announced today by the network. Sherwood was recently seen starring in the feature film “Vampire Academy” and featured in the Taylor Swift “Style” video.

 

Based on the bestselling young adult fantasy book series The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, “Shadowhunters” follows 18 year-old Clary Fray who finds out on her birthday that she is not who she thinks she is, but rather comes from a long line of Shadowhunters  human-angel hybrids who hunt down demonsWhen her mother Jocelyn is kidnapped, Clary is thrown into the world of demon hunting with mysterious Shadowhunter Jace and her best friend Simon. Now living among faeries, warlocks, vampires and werewolves, Clary begins a journey of self-discovery as she learns more about her past and what her future may hold.

Narcissistic, and lethally gorgeous, Jace is a determined and expert Shadowhunter. A skilled soldier in a war against demons. After his father is killed, Jace makes it his life mission to seek revenge on the man who is responsible.

 

Shadowhunters” is produced by Constantin Film and executive produced by Ed Decter and McG. McG will also direct the first episode.

What do you think about the casting news? Keep comments respectful. All hateful comments will be deleted.

Recapping a Busy Week on ‘Shadowhunters’ for Executive Producer McG

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Can you believe that is was just last Monday that it was announced that McG would be serving as an executive producer on Shadowhunters? Since then McG has been tweeting up a storm giving fans a play-by-play of all the action, including photos and videos, as the team is hard at work on the show.

Let’s recap what was a busy week for Shadowhunters executive producer McG, who took fans behind-the-scenes as he prepped for the show, including teases that left the fans begging for answers (and begging for Monday).

And let’s not forget this final tease…

Seems like there’s something big happening on Monday. Could it be casting news? Suddenly we’re already wishing the weekend away!

Shadowhunters begins production next month in Toronto and is slated to premiere on ABC Family in early 2016.

McG Promises to Honor the Fans with ‘Shadowhunters’

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It’s only been three days since the announcement that McG will be serving as executive producer on Shadowhunters, as well as directing the premiere episode, and he’s been hard at work prepping for the show.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, McG reassured fans that he’ll “be involved in every element of every decision of every episode of everything that is the show,” and that he promises that the show will honor the fans of the books. “I take that very seriously.”

Here’s his full interview with EW.com, in which he discusses his involvement with the series, the passionate fan base, and the storyline.

EW: How did you first become involved with the Shadowhunters series?
McG: I was a fan of the books. I read the books and found them to be interesting stories. I liked Cassandra Clare’s voice, and I was engaged. I heard they were making a television show, and I’m friends with Karey Burke, who is the new head of ABC Family, and I trust her completely. She has a great aesthetic. She’s very sophisticated. And she’s doing exciting new things out there at that network along with [ABC Family President] Tom Ascheim. Those elements came together, and I thought I would take a look at the script. I read it and responded to it. And I’ve got a good idea of how I think I can honor the fans and really make an exciting show week in and week out.

Speaking of the fans, what’s it like jumping into a project that already has such a rabid fan base?
I think it’s exciting. My style is to be open and communicative and talk about what we can and can’t do with the realistic parameters of television. But I think everybody’s expectations of television is so high now with Game of Thrones, and there’s such excellence out there that we plan to recognize that and take it even higher. So I find it empowering and encouraging. I take it very seriously, and I’m doing a great deal of listening.

Will the story lines follow the books, and in what ways are you trying to separate this project from the movie, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones?
The mythology is very much in keeping with the book. I look at the television format for the fans to engage evermore deeply in the stories and the characters because you have more hours to parcel out the story itself. So I think that’s an exciting opportunity. If I’m honest, I find myself more and more excited about what’s going on in the TV space than most of what is going on in a theatrical space. I mean maybe four or five movies a year really change my life and there’s got to be 20 or 30 television shows that I think are absolutely extraordinary. I feel like most people feel that way.

What, if any, interaction have you had with Cassandra Clare?
Just limited interaction, but I plan to go and kiss the ring and do a great deal of listening and trying to plug in to her special brand of magic. I have a great deal of respect for artists who can capture the imagination of the global community. It’s really a special gift, and it’s its own brand of genius. I have maximum respect for her, so I can’t wait to sit with her and do a great deal of listening and incorporate that in my style and hopefully do her words a great deal of honor.

Anything else you want to add about the project?
We’re just trying to bring the cinematic experience to the television form one hour at a time, one week at a time. And we’re absolutely passionate about honoring the fans and delivering on the promise of the book series.

Production on Shadowhunters will begin next month in Toronto. ABC Family has set the series premiere of Shadowhunters for early 2016.

Executive Producer, Director McG Hard At Work on ‘Shadowhunters’

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On Monday we learned that McG would be directing the first episode of Shadowhunters, as well as serving as executive producer alongside showrunner Ed Decter.

Since his official introduction, McG has been tweeting behind-the-scenes photos and words of encouragement as the team behind Shadowhunters is hard at work on the television show, which begins production next month.

Shadowhunters begins production next month in Toronto and is slated to premiere in early 2016 on ABC Family.

‘Shadowhunters’ Set to Premiere in Early 2016

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ABC Family held its upfront on Tuesday in New York City where the network discussed its upcoming projects, including Shadowhunters.

The network announced that Shadowhunters is set to premiere in early 2016.

While there’s no set date as of yet, early 2016 in ABC Family speak means January 2016. So we can expect to see Shadowhunters on our television screens as early as January! What a way to celebrate the new year!

Shadowhunters was ordered straight-to-series with a guaranteed order of 13 episodes.

Yesterday, it was announced that McG will direct the series premiere and also serve as executive producer alongside showrunner Ed Decter.

Production on Shadowhunters is set to begin next month in Toronto. No casting has been announced yet.

Let the countdown begin!

McG to Direct First Episode of ‘Shadowhunters’ and Serve as Executive Producer

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We’ve got our first director for Shadowhunters!

Deadline has reported that McG will direct the pilot episode of the ABC Family show.

McG will also serve as executive producer on Shadowhunters alongside showrunner Ed Decter. McG has previously worked on Supernatural and The O.C.

Shadowhunters has been ordered for a straight-to-series order of 13 episodes. If successful the network will order more episodes, but 13 episodes are guaranteed regardless.

Filming is set to begin in May in Toronto.

What do you think of the news?

Another Open Letter to Ed Decter

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Dear Ed Decter,

It’s Alyssa again. Amidst all of the excitement following the official pickup ofShadowhunters (congrats, by the way), I have to admit that I’m feeling some stuff I wish I wasn’t feeling. Worry. Concern. Anxiety. I wish I could just relax and be happy about the great prospect of having a show, but one thing makes that impossible: the script.

Now, I know that the author’s said that she was told that the script that’s been floating around, the one that’s up on Showfax and SidesExpress and a million other places, wasn’t going to be used. That she’d been told the character Natalie was going away. Thing is, since then we’ve seen the script be updated online and everywhere. And it’s basically the same script it was before with small changes. Now while we’re sure it isn’t the final draft, why bother updating a script that you’re not using? Seems suspicious.

We’re really all hoping, Ed and writers, that you’re not telling the author untruths, and us untruths, to get everyone onside. Because fans will only stay onside as long as they think you’re being straight with them and respectful of the books. Lying is not ever the way to go.

As a fan of this series I’m protective of the characters and the story when it’s in the adaptation process, as Shadowhunters currently is. As is the rest of the fandom. This is a series that we’ve dedicated ourselves to, grown with and love.

The fact of the matter is that we don’t know what’s going to happen plot-wise and character-wise with the show in the long run. But we’ve put our blind faith in you to not betray us. But there are some pretty discouraging aspects of the “updated” pilot that make me really worry about how you will approach Shadowhunters.

Don’t get me wrong; it’s not changes that I’m worried about. Those are inevitable and to be expected. But it’s the underlying theme, the plot and the essence of the characters that worries me. I hope you don’t feel like I’m attacking you, but I feel like I’m doing my duty to the fandom in trying to voice my concern and disappointment about certain aspects of the show. Better to voice my opinion now while there’s still a fighting chance before filming begins.

Here are my concerns about the script and suggestions as to how they can be remedied:

Theme of Strong Women

The Mortal Instruments is a series for women, about women; women who are strong and don’t need to take their clothes off to get what they want. In the first version of the script, Isabelle was a stripper. Who thought that was a good idea? Isabelle is a Shadowhunter; a warrior. She does not need to resort to stripping to get what she wants. Show her — and the other women — a little more respect than that. Clary and Maureen expose their breasts to get into a bar. Clary would never do that. (Maureen is a child in the books, so who wants to even go there.) In the pilot, Clary is stripped of her clothes and given Isabelle’s sexy clothes to wear. Except the clothes thing is totally removed from its context in the book AND movie, where Clary is dressed up by Isabelle in fancy clothes to go to Magnus’s party, and now makes no sense and doesn’t connect to anything. Why wouldn’t she just put back on her regular clothes and then change when she got home? Why is the Isabelle-clothes-makeover thing happening HERE? It seems like there’s no reason except to make Clary naked. It’s not sexy, it’s gross.

Alec and Isabelle

In every version of the script we have seen, Alec and Isabelle barely exist. Alec and Isabelle are not minor characters. They are beloved fan favorite characters that fans love and can relate to. You see, Alec and Isabelle were neglected in the film. We never really got to see what kind of characters there were. How Alec, is sensible, kind and thoughtful, and Isabelle is strong, vulnerable and loving. You need to use Alec and Isabelle like the main characters they are. With the additions of new original characters it looks as if Alec and Isabelle risk getting shoved aside again. Don’t do it. Because I and many other fans will stop watching if you do.

Jace and The Rune

The one good thing I have to say is that at least Jace isn’t applying the healing rune to Clary’s upper thigh as she lays there unconscious. Because that was downright disturbing and so not like Jace. The thing is, this pilot Jace still isn’t like Jace. We miss his smart obnoxious comments from the club scene. We miss him being impressed Clary killed the Ravener. We miss Clary slapping him and the way he takes it because he knows he deserves it. Not showing fans the things they love can be just as bad as putting in things they’ll hate. Now maybe Jace does these things in later episodes. Maybe he’s sarcastic in later episodes. But you have one chance to get us on board, and that’s the pilot. And right now Jace is not Jace.

Simon’s Girlfriend

After the fandom voiced their negative opinion at the addition of Simon’s girlfriend, Natalie, it seemed as if you’d listened to the fans and gotten rid of her. Only, all you did was replace her name with Maureen, an actual character from the series. Come on, we’re not stupid! Right now Maureen is a Mary Sue. Clary loves her. Simon is dating her. Luke and Jocelyn know her. She’s in practically every scene.  It’s one thing to have her show up once or twice. Having the whole pilot revolve around her is a recipe for sending fans like us running!

We hate the idea of Simon having a girlfriend. It makes him having feelings for Clary gross and evil. It makes him an asshole. And it very much makes him not our Simon.

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This Valentine makes movie Valentine seem calm. Look, if you don’t know, movie Valentine is a joke in the fandom. Even people who were sad that a second movie wasn’t being made were glad to get a second chance at a real Valentine. This guy is nuttier than Cobra Commander. He just kills everyone in sight. Maybe he would work as a villain in a show for little kids. But we want our book Valentine.

The Magic

Believe it or not we fans are really invested in the magic of the world. We care about the runes. About Downworlders. Nowhere in the script is it explained what Shadowhunters are, what they do, what Downworlders are, how the runes work, what warlocks can do. Instead there is a lot of stuff where Clary gets a magical lavender pendant from Dot because Dot is really important. Clary gets marked on her neck even though Shadowhunters never mark anyone on their neck. And what’s a “warlock potion”? Why are steles weapons? This script reads like no one who wrote it ever read the book, they just saw the movie. And the movie didn’t do all that well. You really need to be diverging from it way, way, way more than you are.

The first lesson you need to learn about this fandom is that we are a powerful one. We get things done. It’s a testament to the fandom’s long-standing reign and dedication to the series. This fandom has been around since 2007. We’re in it until the end.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, please give us a reason to love this show. This show is being made because of the fans, so the fans should be in mind when you’re writing it. You already have an audience who’s ready to support you if you succeed or can as easily tear you down if you fail us.

We all essentially want the same thing: a successful show. But for the show to be successful it isn’t dependent only upon new fans; it’s dependent upon the long time fans who care about its faithfulness to the source material. So I hope you choose to honor the fans that supported this show long before it was announced and will remain long after the television series is gone.

(One last thing: there are hundreds of Shadowhunters living in the Institute instead of the six that live there in the books? The Shadowhunters, who don’t even have electricity in the books, now do everything on iPads? Interested to see how you work that out. I wish I had faith. I really do.)

Best,

Alyssa from TMI Source

 

‘Shadowhunters': 5 Reasons Why Daniel Sharman Would Be The Perfect Jace

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With casting currently underway for Shadowhunters, we can’t help but get excited about the new actors that will join our Shadowhunters family, including who will make his way into our hearts as Jace Herondale.

With the series’ television revival, a new cast will take center stage for the hour-long drama on ABC Family. The movie cast will not reprise their roles (read why here).

While we’ve already fan-casted our picks for Clary (FYI: Molly Quinn is our favorite), we’ve been thinking about our picks for Jace. And of course Daniel Sharman came to mind. In fact, we think he’d be perfect as the cocky, snarky, vulnerable Jace.

Of course the first thing people will point out: he’s not blonde! Well, Lily Collins wasn’t a redhead before she dyed it for the film. Same goes for Kevin Zegers and Jemima West. It’s called hair dye, and it’s a main staple in Hollywood. Point is, forget the hair. Focus on the important things, like overall hotness. I kid, I kid (okay not really).

So what are the reasons why we think Daniel would be the perfect Jace?

1. He’s Hot

Sorry to get all superficial, but I only speak the truth. Just look at him. Daniel is the epitome of sex appeal. Being hot comes with the territory when you’re Jace: he’s physically attractive and he knows it; he uses it as a weapon just as much as he does his seraph blades. Plus I know I wouldn’t complain seeing him on my television every week.

2. He’s Already a Member of the “Shadowhunter” Family

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If Daniel were to be cast as Jace this wouldn’t be his first foray into the Shadowhunter fandom. He narrated the audiobook for Clockwork Princess and proved to be a big fan of both of Cassie Clare’s series. It’s exactly why I love the idea of Molly Quinn playing Clary: she’s voiced audiobooks for The Mortal Instruments and she’s a fan of the books! Just think, how awesome a story would it be that these audiobook narrators eventually found their way to the small screen for a series based on Cassie’s books?

3. He’s Got the Acting Chops

 

Yeah, sure, Daniel is hella attractive (obviously), but he also possesses the acting chops needed for a complex character like Jace. If you’ve seen Daniel on Teen Wolf and The Originals, then you’ve gotten a glimpse of him sinking his teeth into some pretty complex characters. He’s able to pull of that cocky humor without seeming like a complete douchebag, but he’s also a master of vulnerability and stripping it down (his emotions, not his clothes, but that too) when the occasion calls for it. Just thinking about what Daniel could do with a character like Jace makes me incredibly excited and curious.

4. He Has Experience with Passionate Fandoms

 

The Shadowhunter fandom is at the very least a passionate one; at best, it’s a crazy, insane, dedicated one. Luckily, Daniel Sharman has some experience working with passionate fanbases. Let’s look at his two most popular roles: Teen Wolf and The Originals. Both fandoms are insanely passionate (have you seen the Teen Wolf fandom in action, it’s insane!) So having that experience acting on a show that is received as such by fans, reacting with fans and putting himself out there, Daniel would be a natural in the Shadowhunters fandom.

5. He’s All About the Supernatural

 

Daniel is most known for his roles as Isaac on Teen Wolf, where he played a werewolf, and Kol on The Originals, where he played a witch. Basically, Daniel seems to be drawn to the supernatural. And he thrives in the environment. Not only was this world of Shadowhunters made for Daniel, but Jace is a character that he could really sink his teeth into (no pun intended). Plus, it’d be nice to see Daniel taking on the supernatural instead of being the supernatural. What can you say, he’s a well-rounded actor.

While Daniel is currently filming a CBS medical drama pilot LFE, it has not been picked up for series yet. The thing is, hundreds of pilots are made every year in Hollywood and most of them don’t get ordered to series. But Shadowhunters already has a 13-episode order. Just saying.

After this tweet exchange between Daniel and Cassie, we can’t help but really, really, really need this this to happen!

Be sure to share your love for Daniel in the comments and on Twitter using the hashtag #DanielSharmanForJace and you can tweet @daniel_sharman and @ShadowhuntersTV!

It’s Official: ‘Shadowhunters’ Given 13-Episode, Straight-to-Series Order at ABC Family

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While we’ve known for a couple of weeks that Shadowhunters would be airing on ABC Family (thanks to leaked casting information and this picture from Martin Moszkowicz), it has officially been confirmed!

According to the press release ABC Family sent out, Shadowhunters has been given a 13-episode, straight-to-series order for its first season. That means that we’re guaranteed 13 episodes of the one-hour drama regardless of how the show is perceived or its ratings.

Here’s what Cassandra Clare had to say:

“I’m excited to see ABC Family bring the world of the Shadowhunters to life. As a huge fan of long-form television drama, I can’t wait to see the story unfold and for the fans to have more time with the world and the characters,” added book author, Cassandra Clare.

Here’s a statement from ABC Family president Tom Ascheim:

Shadowhunters is a big epic saga that will resonate with viewers who come to ABC Family for the Harry PotterHunger Games and Twilight franchises,” ABC Family president Tom Ascheim said. “A New York Times best-seller for 122-consecutive weeks, with over 35 million copies in print worldwide, Shadowhunters is the perfect story to share with our audience.”

Unlike previous reports,  Shadowhunters will film in Toronto, where the movie was filmed, with May being eyed as the start of production.

Casting is currently underway on the project with the show’s premiere date to be determined.

UPDATE: Here’s a video of Cassandra Clare announcing the news posted by the show’s official Twitter account (@ShadowhuntersTV):

Here are official social media accounts for the show:

Twitter: @ShadowhuntersTV

Facebook: Shadowhunters

Instagram: ShadowhuntersTV

Here’s the full press release sent out:

ABC FAMILY ENTERS A WORLD WHERE ALL LEGENDS ARE TRUE

WITH THE SAGA SERIES PICK UP OF “SHADOWHUNTERS”

Series Is Based on the Beloved New York Times Bestselling Book Series

The Mortal Instruments by Author Cassandra Clare

Burbank, CA (March 30, 2015) – ABC Family has picked up its first scripted saga-to-series, “Shadowhunters,” from The Mortal Instruments franchise, announced today by Tom Ascheim, President, ABC Family and Karey Burke, Executive Vice President, Programming and Development, ABC Family. The series will go into production this May in Toronto.

Based on the bestselling young adult fantasy book series The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, “Shadowhunters” follows 18-year-old Clary Fray, who finds out on her birthday that she is not who she thinks she is but rather comes from a long line of Shadowhunters – human-angel hybrids who hunt down demons. When her mother Jocelyn is kidnapped, Clary is thrown into the world of demon hunting with mysterious Shadowhunter Jace and her best friend, Simon. Now living among faeries, warlocks, vampires and werewolves, Clary begins a journey of self-discovery as she learns more about her past and what her future may hold.

“’Shadowhunters’ is a big epic saga that will resonate with viewers who come to ABC Family for the ‘Harry Potter,’ ‘Hunger Games,’ and ‘Twilight’ franchises,” said Ascheim. “A New York Times bestseller for 122-consecutive weeks, with over 35 million copies in print worldwide, ‘Shadowhunters’ is the perfect story to share with our audience.”

Burke continued, “Clary is a strong, dynamic and captivating character that our audience will immediately identify with. They will want her to succeed and will root for her on her journey to become who she was always meant to be. The series has a passionate fan base and an expansive universe that can sustain multiple seasons to come.”

“I’m excited to see ABC Family bring the world of the Shadowhunters to life. As a huge fan of long-form television drama, I can’t wait to see the story unfold and for the fans to have more time with the world and the characters,” added book author, Cassandra Clare.

“Shadowhunters” is produced by Constantin Film, and Ed Decter serves as executive producer and showrunner.

‘Shadowhunters’ Update: Cassandra Clare Meets With The Network — And It’s Good News!

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There have been a lot of discouraging rumors surrounding the Shadowhunters television show, but leave it to Cassandra Clare to calm our anxiety.

Cassie is in Los Angeles attending meetings for the Shadowhunters television show, and from what she has to say, it sounds like good news!

Below are some of the highlights from her tweets, including a promise we’ll soon know when the show will be airing, an official filming start, and squashing some of those horrible rumors that have been floating around.

I think we can all agree that Cassie being involved with this show is a FANTASTIC thing!

Shadowhunters is set to begin filming this summer (rumor has it June) in Vancouver.

Exclusive: Jack Falahee Talks Preparing to Narrate ‘The Lost Herondale’ + a ‘Nuanced’ Simon Lewis

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So as major fangirls of How to Get Away With Murder, we’re super excited to bring you an interview with Connor Walsh himself, Jack Falahee, who is the audiobook narrator for Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy: The Lost Herondale.

In the interview, Falahee talks about how preparing for narrating an audiobook is similar to preparing for a role, but perhaps more difficult. He also discussed his love for Simon Lewis, who he called a “nuanced,” “flawed” and relatable character.

We also have an excerpt from the audiobook:

Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy: The Lost Herondale is now available to download as an eBook or audiobook!

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