TMI TV: What the TV Show Can Learn From the Movie


While The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones failed to prove a success both in the box office and as a faithful adaptation, there is a lot that Constantin and showrunner Ed Decter (and whichever network picks up the show) can learn from the film, both what to do and what not to do.

There’s a reason why it’s important to pay attention to history. So you’re not doomed to repeat it. Case in point for the forthcoming Mortal Instruments television show that seeks to succeed where the film failed. To make it easy on the folks in charge we’ve compiled a list of things that the movie did wrong (and that we want to see done right in the television show) and things that the movie did right (that we hope they don’t change in the show).

10 Things the Movie Did Wrong (That We Want to See Done Right in the TV Show)

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1. Valentine

The Valentine portrayed in the movie was not the Valentine we all fell in love with. Now we have a new chance to remake Valentine as that suave, suit-wearing, smooth-talking psychopath that we all fell in love with in the books. In the movie he was psychotic in an uncontrolled manner. But that’s that the Valentine we know. The Valentine we know is always in control even when it may seem like he’s not. Plus, do I even need to mention the ridiculous clothes? Or that hair?! How could we expect these Shadowhunters to fear him if we couldn’t? Hopefully we can get the chance to glimpse the real Valentine: someone who exudes charisma and wisdom.

2. Isabelle and Alec’s Relationship

If you hadn’t read the books chances were you came away from the film not even knowing Isabelle and Alec were brother and sister. It was buried by less important things and mentioned only when it was convenient making it seem like it was more of a name-drop than an actual important part of the story, which it is. You can use the whole, “There wasn’t enough time to flesh it out” excuse, but fans and myself are having none of it. Get it right this time.

3. Magnus

I think we can all agree that Godrfrey Gao is a beautiful man and we applaud the accurate racial casting, but the film also managed to destroy his character. Look no further than the no pants thing. Magnus is a respectable character with dignity and smarts. And he was degraded for a moment of cheesy humor. Please, for the love of all that is holy, get Magnus’ character right.

4. Raphael

One of the biggest controversies surrounding the film was the absence of Raphael. Perhaps they thought we wouldn’t miss him. They couldn’t have been more wrong. So fix it. Put him back. (Side note: Make sure he’s cast racially accurate).

5. Jace and Alec’s Relationship

While we’re thankful that it was made clear that Alec had romantic feelings for Jace, their relationship wasn’t well-portrayed on screen. The fact that they are parabatai — the first parabatai we see — was absent and one of the things that was mostly severely missed. Not only are parabatais an essential part of the Shadowhunter world, but for Jace and Alec they establish that bond which makes their friendship crucial. It’s not something that can be thrown away. Please honor that this time around.

6. The Shadowhunter World

First off you should know that the Shadowhunter world is a world that we hold dear to us and it’s one that is intricately thought out. It’s literally given to you on a silver platter (Ed Decter and writers take note). The foundation of the Shadowhunter world is that it is a culture about angels. These Shadowhunters are part angel and everything about angels was taken out of the film. It’s the aesthetic of angels that drew people to the books. You might as well just make them like CIA spies fighting evil. No, seriously for the love of Angel Raziel don’t. It would be atrocious. But you need to understand that you need to use the magic that’s there before you start adding stuff that doesn’t make any sense. We know there will be changes but we hope for changes that respect the source material.

7. The Ending

This is still sore subject with me. One of the biggest problems of the film was that Clary ended up with the Mortal Cup at the end. Huge mistake. There’s a reason that Clary was supposed to lose the Cup. Clary needs to fall before she can rise, to lose before she can win, to keep fighting even when hope seems lost. It’s a part of her journey to becoming the hero of our story. And going back to Valentine, we need a villain that will be a real threat. He needs to be able to do things that strike fear into the hearts of the protagonists and the audience. This may be a fantasy to us, but the stakes need to feel real to both the characters and us.

8. The Lightwood Family Being Absent

Fans are still angry about this, to be honest. While the Lightwood parents and Alec and Isabelle’s brother Max weren’t in the first book they were still mentioned. There was no mention of them at all in the movie. While all mention of them was omitted due to the characters being aged up to where you don’t have parents, it still took away all context from the characters. Jace isn’t Jace without his complicated relationship with the Lightwoods. Plus, how do Jace, Alec and Isabelle even know each other? How do we know who a character is if we don’t know who they love?

9. Humorous Jace

The first thing you should know about The Mortal Instruments is that they are famously funny. They are quoted everywhere and dialogue in the film was serviceable at best. This story needs humor. Bring back the humor please. Movie Jace lacked the humor that made him the character we all love. He was much too serious. Don’t get me wrong, he has his moments, but Jace isn’t serious. He’s sarcastic – not mean and ugly but ironic, funny and smart. Without that, the romance between Jace and Clary falls flat and dead.

10. Why Did Valentine Want the Mortal Cup?

If I hadn’t read the books I still wouldn’t know the answer to this question. In the movie we never found out what made the Mortal Cup such a big deal, what it did and why anyone should care if he had it. We never even found out why Hodge betrayed the group. Even pirate Valentine found it hilarious as he made it clear he had nothing to offer Hodge. Did Valentine and Hodge even know why they were doing what they were doing? Can we flesh their characters out and give them some discernible motive? Need some help? Turn to the books. You can use them to help you, ya know?

7 Things the Movie Did Right (That We Hope They Don’t Change)

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1. The Story Was About Clary

When push comes to shove this is a story about Clary Fray. She’s our protagonist and the story revolves around her. We need to see this world through her eyes and her journey. The movie remained focused on that. We don’t want to lose that because she is the most important character in this story. Side Note: Here’s to hoping the rumor about Simon already having a girlfriend is false because that would take so much away from Clary.

2. The Institute

The Institute from the film was everything we could’ve asked for. When you see that shot of the big, gorgeous church that the Lightwoods and family call home — and Shadowhunters seek refuge to — you are instantly transported into the books and into this world were half angels do exist. For a television show it would be easy to keep the establishing shot of a church and then add stone interiors full of angel and religious iconography. We really hope they do.

3. Clary and Simon’s Relationship Was Important

Clary and Simon’s friendship is an integral part to the story and to Clary’s character. They rely on each other; they love each other; they’re family. The scene that fans love most with them is when Clary runs into Simon’s arms or when Simon told her that he loves her. That connection between them is so important. Please don’t lose that.

4. The Casting

In Hollywood it’s easy to whitewash projects, in fact it happens all too often. But one of the important things that the film did was maintain racial accuracy with Magnus. With other diverse characters like Maia and Raphael also a part of the story we’re hoping they maintain that accuracy. There were some truly fantastic actors that played Clary, Simon and Jocelyn. We’re hoping that the television show delivers an awesome cast that can bring all of these characters to life in a different medium than previously seen in the movie.

5. The Design of the Magical Objects

The prop department knew what they were doing. Not only are the magical objects important themselves but so is their design. The steles looked just like we’d imagined steles looking, which was not like wands or pens. The Mortal Cup looked like we’d envisioned it. Here’s to hoping we get to see more cool stuff like that!

6. Alec’s Sexuality

The most important thing to fans is that the characters remain true to themselves. One of the things that had us worried heading into the movie was whether they’d maintain Alec’s sexuality. And they did. It was such an important thing to acknowledge that he was gay but also to not define him by that and only that. The film and Kevin Zegers did an amazing job with that. The TV show really needs to learn from this and execute it the same.

7. New York City

I think we can all agree that if The Mortal Instruments were to happen anywhere but New York City that it just wouldn’t be The Mortal Instruments. New York City is in itself a character and an important one at that. If you take it away then everything changes, and the fandom will get pissed. I don’t know why they’d change the location of the series, but in Hollywood you never know what they’ll change. I don’t want to believe that they’ll move the show from NYC, but if they do they’ll have to deal with the wrath of the entire fandom.

There’s a lot to be learned from the movie — both good and bad. We hope that the television show is able to take both the good and the bad and bring us a faithful adaptation that will satisfy fans.

Martin Moszkowicz teases ‘good and big news’

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We haven’t had any movie news in months, but now it looks like we will finally have some answers to our questions!

Martin Moszkowicz, the executive producer of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and Chairman of Constantin Film, has teased The Mortal Instruments fans with two short but awesome tweets:

Süddeutsche Zeitung is a big German newspaper and as soon as their article is online, we’ll translate it for you and hopefully celebrate the good news!

What do you think will the news be and are you as excited as the TMI Source team? Sound off in the comments!

UPDATE: ‘The Mortal Instruments’ returning as a TV series

‘The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones’ nominated for three Teen Choice Awards

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones has been nominated for three Teen Choice Awards in the first wave of nominations, including Action Movie, Actor in an Action Movie (Jamie Campbell Bower) and Actress in an Action Movie (Lily Collins).

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Head over to Teen Choice to vote for The Mortal Instruments!

The Teen Choice Awards will air August 10 at 8/7c on FOX.

Report: Harald Zwart no longer attached to direct ‘City of Ashes’


While it’s been quiet on the City of Ashes movie front, a new report has surfaced indicating that Harald Zwart, who directed The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, will not be directing the sequel.

Zwart had previously been signed on to direct The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes before the project was delayed.

Here’s what is reporting:

While the studio has made no official announcements, as of this time Zwart stated that “The studio is still certain that they will make this movie, but it’s not me who directs it. I will focus on other projects in the future. Shadow Hunters was a great experience and it gave me a good window to show off.”

Now, this is all speculation until an official announcement from Sony Pictures is made. But it’s nice to hear that it sounds like the studio is still moving forward with the project.

Who would you like to see direct City of Ashes?

Report: Could production on ‘The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes’ begin this year?

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" Mexico City - Red CarpetCould production on The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes begin this year? According to Yahoo Singapore — and Godfrey Gao — that sounds like the case.

The Taiwanese-Canadian star also revealed that he will be flying to the US after filming concludes, to begin the sequel to last year’s “The Mortal Instrument: City of Bones”.

Aside from reprising his role as Magnus Bane for the second instalment, “The Mortal Instrument: City of Ashes”, the actor also revealed that he has received other offers from other Hollywood production, and expressed his hopes to be able to be involved in as many as them.

Keep in mind that nothing is confirmed. This is merely a report. But regardless, it’s exciting to hear anything about City of Ashes!

‘The Mortal Instruments’ receives honors at Canadian Screen Awards

TMIThe Mortal Instruments: City of Bones took home several honors during the Canadian Screen Awards gala on Sunday.

Among the honors included visual effects, make-up, overall sound, sound editing and the Golden Reel Award.

Action-adventure film The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones — based on bestselling young adult novel series by Cassandra Clare — was among the big winners during a non-televised gala this afternoon, when awards were presented in nearly two dozen categories.

Previously announced as the winner of the Golden Reel Award (the homegrown film with the biggest Canadian box office, after grossing more than $5.2 million in Canada), The Mortal Instruments received further kudos for its visual effects, make-up, overall sound and sound editing.(via CBC)

Congrats to everyone involved in the making of City of Bones!

‘The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones’ nabs nomination for GLAAD Media Awards


The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones has been nominated for Outstanding Film in the GLAAD Media Awards, which “honor entertainment, journalism and individuals who exhibit outstanding images of the LGBT community.”

Blue Is the Warmest Color (Sundance Selects)
Dallas Buyers Club (Focus Features)
Kill Your Darlings (Sony Pictures Classics)
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
(Sony Pictures Releasing)
Philomena (The Weinstein Company)

The GLAAD Media Awards ceremonies will be held in Los Angeles on Saturday April 12 and in New York on May 3. Congrats to everyone involved on The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones for such a great honor.

Thanks to Idris BR for the tip!

Possibility of an ‘Infernal Devices’ television show?

 Constantin Film, who owns the rights to The Mortal Instruments also holds the rights to Cassandra Clare’s prequel series The Infernal Devices.

Back in April, Constantin Film decided to move forward with The Infernal Devices film hiring screenwriter Stephanie Sanditz to pen the Clockwork Angel script.

But it seems as if Infernal Devices might possibly be headed to the small screen instead, as Cassandra Clare addressed a question on Twitter relating to the subject.

A television show would give more time to explore the characters and the story (i.e. 22 hours per season), but there is also the downside of producers taking independent liberties on where the show would be going that deviate or extend upon the source material (i.e. The Vampire Diaries.)

What do you think about the possibility of an Infernal Devices television show? Do you prefer it to a movie? Would you prefer something like an HBO-produced Game of Thrones or CW-produced The Vampire Diaries? Sound off in the comments!

‘The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones’ ranks fourth on Blu-ray and DVD sales in first week

TMI TargetThe Mortal Instruments: City of Bones hit Blu-ray and DVD in the U.S. and Canada on December 3, and now the numbers have been released.

City of Bones was the fourth best-selling film in its first week of release in Blu-ray and DVD sales.

The film, which hit No. 1 on iTunes in its first week, also ranked No. 8 in Blu-ray and DVD rentals.

Be sure to pick up your copy to support The Mortal Instruments film franchise!


Watch: Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower train for ‘The Mortal Instruments’

Check out this new behind-the-scenes clip from The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, which shows Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower training for their roles as Clary and Jace.

Watch: The Weapons of ‘The Mortal Instruments’

Check out this behind-the-scenes from The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, which takes a look at the weapons of The Mortal Instruments.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is now available on Blu-ray and DVD in the U.S. and Canada.

Cassandra Clare talks new wave of readers – ‘It’s like I’ve time traveled back to 2007’ (Exclusive)

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones has officially hit stores and the web today in the U.S. (Buy it now!) With the film’s release there’s been hundreds of thousands of new readers that have fallen in love with Cassandra Clare’s epic world.

Cassandra Clare (with special guest Lily Collins) at a signing for 'Clockwork Princess' in March 2013.

Cassandra Clare (with special guest Lily Collins) at a signing for ‘Clockwork Princess’ in March 2013.

Last week, we spoke to Clare about the new readership gained from the film adaptation, which includes interacting with new fans discovering and dealing with the infamous plot twist at the end of City of Bones.

“It makes me feel like I time traveled back to 2007, when City of Bones was released and I just got email after email after email from people being like, ‘They can’t be related, they can’t be related, they can’t.’ And I’m like, ‘Oh my God, here we go again,'” Clare laughed. “There’s just a whole new wave of people reading City of Bones and having the exact same reaction. And nothing in the movie is really unlike the plot so I’m like, ‘You’re just going to have to read the second book or wait to see — hopefully see — the second movie.'”

Clare said that the movie has been great publicity for her books as it has attracted a wider audience that might not have found her series. There’s also been a wide range of audiences, which has been the norm for her fandom.

“It’s a whole wave of new readers that are slightly outside the realm of my previous readers,” Clare said. “I’ve gotten a lot more emails from younger kids and from older readers. That’s one of the things about having a movie is it kind of expands out from your initial fan base because books are shelved in sections, and a lot of books are in Young Adult. But movies aren’t like that. You get younger people and older people because the movie isn’t particularly targeted to a specific age group.”

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is now available to purchase on Blu-Ray combo pack and DVD.

Giveaway: Win 1 of 5 ‘Mortal Instruments’ Fan Tote Kits

Happy Blu-Ray/DVD release to The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones in the U.S. To celebrate the release, Sony Pictures has given us five Mortal Instruments fan tote kits to give away to five lucky fans.

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The pack includes:

  • The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack
  • The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones gray T-shirt (not pictured)
  • Stele Key Ring
  • Shadowhunter Notebook (not pictured)
  • Temporary Rune Tattoos
  • Tarot Cards
  • The Shadowhunter’s Codex

This is open to U.S. residents only because it is a giveaway from Sony Pictures (a U.S.  distributor). Limit one entry per person. Giveaway ends Friday at 11:59 p.m. EST.



‘The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones’ is now available on Blu-Ray and DVD in the U.S.

Shadowhunters! The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones arrives on Blu-Ray and DVD in the U.S. TODAY!

There are two special editions available for purchase, from Walmart and Target.

The Walmart Blu-Ray combo special edition, which costs $36.88, features a collectible rune medallion necklace.


The Target Blu-Ray combo special edition, which costs $26.99, includes a bonus third disc that features “an all-access interview with the cast and author Cassandra Clare.” That edition is available online only at

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You can also purchase the Blu-Ray combo pack or DVD at:

Welcome (back) to the City of Bones!

Watch: New behind-the-scenes clip focuses on Jace and Simon

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is set to be released on Blu-Ray and DVD tomorrow in the U.S., and Sony has shared another behind-the-scenes clip from the special features. This clip focused on Jace (Jamie Campbell Bower) and Simon (Robert Sheehan).

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