‘Mortal Instruments’ television series to run one-hour episodes

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When it comes to The Mortal Instruments television series, there’s no such thing as too much news. And the news keeps on coming.

After official word on Monday that The Mortal Instruments would indeed be revived on the small screen, new information about the show has been revealed.

According to Deadline, episodes of the show will run one hour long and start from the beginning with City of Bones and later expanding to the rest of the series.

Initially there was concern where the show would pick up — would it start from the beginning or pick up after The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones film? Starting from the beginning makes the most sense as the TV series is a completely separate entity from the film, and it will help with the world building that takes place right from the start of the first book.

Also, Unique Features’ Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne, who served as executive producers on the film, will executive produce the television series.

Production on The Mortal Instruments television show is set to get underway in 2015.

Stay tuned for all of the latest updates along the way.

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Constantin Film exec praises ‘Mortal Instruments’ showrunner Ed Decter

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Following news at Mipcom that The Mortal Instruments would be revived on the small screen, Constantin Film gave the official word on Monday.

“We are thrilled to give this epic tale of good versus evil a brand new dimension,” Constantin Film Chairman Martin Moszkowicz said in a press release.

Things are looking up for the small screen adaptation with Ed Decter tapped to serve as showrunner for the series.

Constantin Film co-president Robert Kulzer praised Decter, whose credits include “There’s Something About Mary,” “Unforgettable,” “The Client List” and “In Plain Sight,” for his “passion and love” for the series, in this Deadline article.

“Ed Decter brings a tremendous track record to the table,” said Robert Kulzer. “As a showrunner we wanted someone who shares our passion and love for these characters and stories, and Ed has a remarkable ability to form narratives.”

The Mortal Instruments show is slated for 2015.

Cassandra Clare talks ‘Mortal Instruments’ television series

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In case you’ve been living under a rock, news regarding The Mortal Instruments‘ transition from film franchise to television series has been the hot topic in the fandom this past week.

Cassandra Clare took to Tumblr to answer some more questions about The Mortal Instruments television series, including her thoughts on if the original film cast might return for the show, where they might pick up in regards to City of Bones or City of Ashes and the future of an Infernal Devices show.

On learning about TMI TV series:

Well, here’s the thing. I pretty much know what you do. I knew there was discussion about whether to continue with making TMI films or explore the avenue of television. I didn’t know about the definite decision, or who the writer/show runner would be until it was announced at Mipcom and reported in the Hollywood Reporter.

I have no idea what channel it will be on, or what countries it will be shown in (though I have seen some fretting that it will be “only in the US” which seems wildly unlikely since the production company isn’t even American) and no idea at all about …

On if the film’s cast will return for the television show:

So clearly the biggest question about the TV show is “Will they keep the same cast from the film?”

And the answer is unfortunately I don’t know. 

I mean, I can look at the history of television. There are hundreds of movies that were adapted into television shows, some based on books (Friday Night Lights) some not (Buffy the Vampire Slayer.) I can think of only one where they kept anyone from the feature film, and that’s MASH, in which Radar was played by the same actor in the film and the show.

Now that I look at what I just said, I see I’ve made somewhat the same phrasing mistake I see all over, which is about whether they’ll “keep the cast” as if the cast definitively wanted to be in the show, when I am pretty sure none of us knows any such thing. So there’s that.

Now keep in mind I have absolutely no idea whether the cast wants to return, and no idea what the plans of the production company are — but usually the cast of a feature film changes when it becomes television because 1) movie actors often don’t want to do TV 2) contractual obligations can prevent it 3) they may have other commitments that would prevent them from being able to do something as time-consuming as television 4) the ages of the characters in the TV show may not be the same as the ages of the characters in the film 4) any of a million reasons. To be able to keep the same cast a million factors would need to line up perfectly: desires, times, contracts, availability, etc.

So I have no idea. The only position of authority I am speaking from here is as someone who used to work for an entertainment magazine and knows something about the business of TV and movies. That’s it.

On whether the show would start from City of Bones or pick up with City of Ashes:

I have no idea about this one. Buffy started up after the first movie, placing the events of the film squarely in the show’s past, and rarely referring to them (since they didn’t really track with the show.) Teen Wolf recaps the events of the film with a different spin. They could go either way, with the caveat that they’d have to start the show somewhere where people who’d never seen the film could understand it.

On having to wait for an Infernal Devices television series:

There was a rumor that TID was going to be a TV series. I never encountered a single piece of factual evidence that that was happening. (Like, for instance, in this case, when they are developing a TMI TV show, there are multiple articles about it.)

It’s only been about 2 years since TID ended – not much of a wait really. We live in an odd media moment where we expect everything to be fast-tracked, but that’s not really the norm. I think Game of Thrones and Outlander both took about 20 years to become television shows.

If there was a TMI series, and it was successful, it would dramatically increase the chances of a TID film or TV show. If you want a TID show or movie, this is the best news you could get, not the worst. Because I saw no signs a TID show was happening otherwise.

On getting to see characters from the books that didn’t make it into the movie:

One of the nice things about there being a TV show is the opportunity to see characters like Raphael, who was cut from the film, and Maia. I admire both those actresses and would certainly want Maia to be played by an actress of color.

On the fans’ concern about the television series changing things:

I understand being scared about the idea of a TV show instead of more films. You got used to the cast of the films and the look and settings. I like the film cast a lot. I like them as actors and as people.

However I do think that TMI is a better fit for TV than movies because it has a huge amount of backstory, which is nearly impossible to fit into a film, which is why for instance unless you read the books you would never have found out in the first film what the Mortal Cup actually did. TV gives you a chance to see the Circle in detail, the backstories of characters rendered visually, more time for more minor characters (like Magnus) etc. It really gives you time to wallow around in a world. And whatever actors they cast, if they were good choices, I am confident you you would come to love them as well, in the same way it is possible to love both Robert Downey Jr. and Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes, or Martin Freeman and Lucy Liu and Jude Law as Watson. No one actor is ever the only one in the world who can interpret a character — that’s not how acting is supposed to work, really. Even when they are amazing and lovely, as the TMI cast was and is.

I’m not trying to convince anyone to like the idea of a TV series if you don’t. I’m just saying that as someone with no more control over the situation than you, I think this is a good thing. Maybe they would have made a City of Ashes movie. Maybe not. I’d rather know something is happening than not know if anything is happening. And in Hollywood, what breeds development is success. If a TV show were successful, they’d probably be more likely to make a CoA or TDA or TID movie, not less. If what you want is to see movies and TV of the books you like, than the worst thing that can happen isn’t a movie when you wanted a TV show or a TV show when you wanted a movie, or a radio play when you wanted a musical. It’s nothing.

Anyway, I’ll be going out this November to see the production company and TV folks, so I may have more information then. We will see!

Sounds like maybe we’ll hear some more news come next month!

‘The Mortal Instruments’ TV series update

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Thanks to our friend Nadine at TMI Germany we have Martin Moszkowicz’ interview with the German newspaper “Süddeutsche Zeitung” where he talks about The Mortal Instruments being turned into a TV series.

What we already knew from The Hollywood Reporter:

  • Ed Decter is the showrunner
  • the series is currently under development and will begin production next year
  • no broadcast partners are yet attached

What’s new:

  • Constantin Film aims to spend 2.5 to 5 million Euros per episode ($3,000,000 to 6,300,000), which would probably also apply to The Mortal Instruments
  • Ed Decter is the main author for the first (!) season
  • Martin thinks that Amazon could be interested in the TV series. The episodes and books could be on the same page so that you could buy them with one simple click

This morning (German time) Martin also tweeted:

Like we’ve already said yesterday, it seems unlikely that our old cast will return :-(

What are your thoughts about the TV series? Sound off in the comments!

‘The Mortal Instruments’ returning as a TV series

 

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The Mortal Instruments is continuing. As a television series.

The Hollywood Reporter made the announcement that The Mortal Instruments is returning as a TV series, which is currently in development and set to begin production next year. Ed Decter will act as showrunner.

“It actually makes sense to do (the novels) as a TV series,” Constantin film and TV head Martin Moszkowicz told THR. “There was so much from the book that we had to leave out of the Mortal Instruments film. In the series we’ll be able to go deeper and explore this world in greater detail and depth.”

There are no broadcast partners yet attached.

Since production is set to begin next year (2015), it sounds like they’ll begin filming on the pilot around March next year and are aiming for a spot on the Fall 2015 TV schedule. More than likely this unfortunately means they will be recasting.

How are you feeling about the news? Sound off in the comments!

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

Watch: Cassandra Clare interview from Brazil

Our friends at @LaminaSerafim chatted with Cassandra Clare during her tour in Brazil on Monday and have shared the video. Take a look!

And here was a short video Cassie shared from the signing stage. By the Angel, that’s a lot of screaming Shadowhunters!

‘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.

‘City of Heavenly Fire’ debuts at No. 1 on New York Times Best Sellers List

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City of Heavenly Fire, the final installment of The Mortal Instruments, has debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times Best Sellers list, under Children’s Series. The Mortal Instruments has now been on the NY Times Best Sellers List for 142 straight weeks.

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City of Heavenly Fire also nabbed the top spot on Wall Street Journal’s Best Sellers List.

A huge congrats to Cassandra Clare and Simon & Schuster!

‘City of Heavenly Fire’ debuts No. 1 on Wall Street Journal’s Best Sellers List

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The final installment of Cassandra Clare’s international best-selling The Mortal Instruments, City of Heavenly Fire, has debuted at No. 1 on Wall Street Journal’s Best Sellers list for the week ending May 30, 2014.

City of Heavenly Fire ranked No. 1 in both Hardcover Fiction and Fiction E-Books.

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A huge congratulations to Cassandra Clare and Simon & Schuster!

Stay tuned for more announcements on where City of Heavenly Fire ranks on the New York Times, Publisher’s Weekly and USA Today bestsellers lists.

Cassandra Clare to release short story collection centered around Simon

Cassandra Clare just dropped some amazing news at her City of Heavenly Fire event in Newcastle.

Get ready for a “super secret” short story collection that is focused all around Simon Lewis. Sounds like another The Bane Chronicles. City of Simon, anyone? Maureen Johnson, I’m looking at you ;-)

How excited are you for this Simon goodness? Sound off (spoiler-free) in the comments!

Third trailer, new poster for Lily Collins’ ‘Love, Rosie’

A new teaser trailer and poster for Lily Collins’ new film Love, Rosie have been released, which teases flirtations, temptations, revelations, interruptions and complications.

Here’s the synopsis:

Based on the novel Where Rainbows End from PS, I Love You author Cecelia Ahern, LOVE, ROSIE will star Sam Claflin, Lily Collins, Suki Waterhouse, Tamsin Egerton, Christian Cooke, Jamie Winstone & Art Packinson and is scheduled to arrive in cinemas October 24 2014.

LOVE, ROSIE centres on Rosie and her best friend Alex who take a leap of faith, both on life and on each other, when they decide to go to the US together to attend university. But fate has other plans for Rosie. Over the next 12 years their lives change dramatically but the connection remains.

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Love, Rosie hits theaters on October 24. Be sure to follow the official Twitter page @LoveRosieUK use the hashtag #LoveRosie

Exclusive: Cassandra Clare chats with ‘City of Heavenly Fire’ audiobook narrator Jason Dohring

It’s been just over a week since City of Heavenly Fire was unleashed upon the world, and the story was such a beautiful and fitting end to the series (read our spoiler-free review here). But there are different ways to experience City of Heavenly Fire, including listening to the audiobook.

We have an exclusive interview with Clare and one of the audiobook’s narrators, Veronica Mars‘ Jason Dohring. Clare and Dohring chat about their favorite books, which character Jason most enjoyed voicing and how Cassie dealt with saying goodbye to The Mortal Instruments.

The City of Heavenly Fire audiobook is now available, which features Dohring and Game of Thrones‘ Sophie Turner. The book is also available in hardback and eBook.

‘City of Heavenly Fire’ Spoiler-Free Review: As one chapter closes, another begins

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In the months leading up to the release of City of Heavenly Fire, I was terrified about this book. Not because of the six confirmed deaths of characters we knew (though that piece of information certainly had me sweating bullets), but because it meant saying goodbye. Goodbye to these characters that have lived and breathed through Cassandra Clare’s words and in my mind and heart for nearly a decade. And I’m sure most fans felt that way. How could you not?

There were tears. (There always are.) Lots of tears. Happy tears. Sad tears. Unexpected tears. Tears that I succumbed to in the most random moments of the book. When a book or a series – an author, really – can make you feel that much, it’s something extraordinary.

In City of Heavenly Fire, we pick up after the events of City of Lost Souls where Sebastian has left a warning for the Nephilim: Erchomai. I am coming. And he came. When the Nephilim are confined to Idris, Clary, Jace, Simon, Alec and Isabelle must journey to the realm of demons in hopes to defeat Sebastian and save their world. That’s where the actual synopsis part ends, as this is a spoiler-free review. Shh.

Perhaps my favorite thing about City of Heavenly Fire was how it united four Shadowhunter Chronicles series. The other series in a way gravitated back to The Mortal Instruments. Yes, the five series are all related in some way, but in City of Heavenly Fire, The Mortal Instruments, The Infernal Devices, The Dark Artifices and even The Last Hours, theywere united. They all had a part somewhere between those 733 pages. There was so much weight in the names that were mentioned, past events reflected upon, teases of what’s yet to come.

When I heard that we’d get to see some characters from The Dark Artifices, including Emma and Julian, I thought we’d get brief cameos. But they played a huge role in City of Heavenly Fire. And that’s one of the reasons why City of Heavenly Fire is my favorite book from The Mortal Instruments series. It was like The Mortal Instruments was passing the torch on to The Dark Artifices. It was such a beautiful introduction and backstory for those new characters, and I’m even more excited to read Emma and Julian’s story.

As far as concluding the series goes, Clare knocked it out of the park with City of Heavenly Fire. Dare I say it was an even better conclusion than City of Glass, which I thought was a perfect end to the series at the time. Without going into spoilers (spoiler-free review, remember), the epilogue was everything I wanted before I knew that was what I wanted, if that makes any sense. There was an even greater sense of closure to this story without ever really saying goodbye. Because these characters will continue living their lives. Just without the continuous threat of impending death. They deserve a reprieve after all they’ve been through in six books, I’m just saying.

You know in television series finales where you’ll see a montage of all of the past seasons with that sappy music that brings you to tears instantly? That’s what the epilogue was to me. References to past books, back to the very beginning, watching everything come full circle within Clare’s beautiful words. It was so bittersweet because it was beautiful and fitting, but it was the end. I guess you could say it was a sad happy ending. But that just means Clare did it right.

There was so much emotion, especially at the end, that at times I forgot that we still have three Shadowhunter Chronicles series on the way, which provides ample opportunity for surviving Mortal Instruments characters to make cameos. As the saying goes, ‘When one door closes, another one opens.’ And The Mortal Instruments has opened up numerous doors for future Shadowhunter Chronicles series that will keep readers entranced and feeling all the feels for years to come.

Watch: Panel from ‘City of Heavenly Fire’ launch party in NYC

Did you miss Monday’s live stream of the City of Heavenly Fire launch party in New York City?

92Y has posted the full panel featuring Cassandra Clare with special guests Josh Lewis, Maureen Johnson, David Levithan, Holly Block and Kelly Link.

City of Heavenly Fire is now available in hardback, eBook and audiobook.

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