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

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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 ScienceFiction.com 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?

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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!

Happy Birthday to our Simon, Robert Sheehan!

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A very happy birthday to our Simon, Robert Sheehan, who turns 26 years old today!

We’re so lucky to have such a gorgeous and talented actor as our favorite mundane Simon Lewis in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and we can’t wait to see more of him in The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes!

Join us in wishing Robbie a very Happy Birthday! Leave your birthday wishes below and tweet Robbie on Twitter (@RobMSheehan)!

Looking back at the Top Stories of 2013

Shadowhunters! 2013 was indeed the Year of the Shadowhunter with so much excitement in the field of books and movies. On the final day of 2013, we’re taking a look back at the Top Stories of 2013 in the Shadowhunter fandom.

1. Clockwork Princess 

Clockwork Princess First EditionThe final installment of The Infernal Devices had fans terrified months prior to reading it and the final product didn’t disappoint. Clockwork Princess debuted at No. 1 in not only Young Adult fiction but fiction in general selling 90,000 copies in the U.S. in its first week.

2. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones teaser posterThe film adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s bestselling novel hit theaters on August 21 and DVD on December 3. The film, which starred Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower and Jonathan Rhys Meyers, didn’t dominate the box office, but Constantin Film still has faith in the franchise and plans to start filming on The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes sometime next year.

3. Three more Shadowhunter Chronicles series on the way

The Dark Artifices: Lady MidnightWe already know about The Dark Artifices, the sequel series set five years after the events of The Mortal Instruments coming in March 2015), but Cassandra Clare revealed that she plans to write two more series set in the Shadowhunter world: TLH (set in 1901, and involving James Herondale among others) and TWP (set following The Dark Artifices).

4. The Bane Chronicles debuts

The Bane Chronicles What Really Happened in Peru coverThree of the top Young Adult authors came together to create The Bane Chronicles, a ten-installment eBook series about everyone’s favorite warlock Magnus Bane. The first installment debuted on April 16 with the final installment set for January 21, 2014. The Bane Chronicles has spent time on the New York Times bestsellers series list throughout its eBook publication.

5. City of Heavenly Fire snippets

COHF placeholderWhile City of Heavenly Fire, the final book in The Mortal Instruments, won’t be released until May 27, 2014, Cassandra Clare got the party started with a slew of snippets from the highly-anticipated book. The snippets ranged from scenes to chapter titles to visual snippets that left fans breathless and eager to discover the fates of their favorite characters.

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Cassandra Clare on initial ‘City of Ashes’ script: It was ‘totally unrecognizable’ from the book (Exclusive)

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Since the announcement that The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes had been delayed to announcement that filming would resume in 2014, fans have been anxiously waiting for news about the second movie in The Mortal Instruments franchise.

One of the reasons for the delay, next to a disappointing box office bow, was the script for City of Ashes. Two months ago, Clare took to social media to divulge some information about what the script was lacking — the most important being faithful to the source material.

When we spoke to Clare last week about the upcoming Blu-Ray and DVD release of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, we just had to ask about City of Ashes. While she said that she hasn’t yet seen an updated script, she reiterated how different the initial script was from the book.

“I really think fans wouldn’t have been happy with the screenplay as it was,” Clare said. “There was not enough time between City of Heavenly Fire and City of Ashes to turn out the screenplay that they wanted to turn out and make it faithful to the book. It was a very, very, very different. It’s totally unrecognizable.”

Clare said that Constantin Film wants to do right by the fans, which is why they are taking the time to work on the script and do it justice to the books.

“They felt to film that screenplay would have been a betrayal to the fans’ trust,” Clare said. “So they faulted on it. The last thing I heard was that they were working on an update. Hopefully I will get to see the updated version. I would rather they waited and got it right.”

Clare said that the scene she’d most like to be on set for is Simon’s transformation into [SPOILER] a vampire.

“I think Robbie Sheehan would really pull it off,” Clare said “He’d be awesome. He’s so good at comic stuff, but he’s also so good at — which he doesn’t get to do enough of — serious stuff. It’s a real heartbreaking scene and I think it would really — it’s a great moment for him as an actor and a great moment for the character and for the other characters, too. It’s the moment when they kind of realize the consequences of having brought this guy with no special powers and is a mundane into their world.”

There is currently no set start film date for City of Ashes, but Constantin Films plans on shooting sometime in 2014.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones arrives on Blu-Ray combo pack and DVD on Tuesday, Dec. 3 in the U.S. Be sure to pick up your copy!

Cassandra Clare on ‘City of Ashes’ movie: ‘It ratchets up the stakes’

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Cassandra Clare spoke with MTV about The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes, which is set to begin filming sometime next year. Clare said that the sequel to The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones “ratchets up the stakes.”

“Simon (Robert Sheehan) is turned into a vampire,” Clare teases, “And he goes from being this human who’s Clary’s friend to this ravenous undead thing.” Clare adds that she pushed for Sheehan in the role, with early discussions about his casting centering on how right he’d look stalking the night and sucking blood. “Robbie was actually my idea,” she says. “I saw him in ‘Misfits,’ which is a big comedy hit in Britain, and he’s just so good and yet also able to be heartbreaking and I thought he’ll be great and he will enjoy the hell out of being a vampire.”

What else can fans expect from “City of Ashes?” Well, Sigourney Weaver is joining the series as the Inquisitor. Describing the previously-announced casting, Clare says the character is “This badass, scary lady” that fans can expect to enjoy. Although she’s sworn to secrecy about any other details for the adaptation, Clare says there’s a massive battle on the deck of a warship capping the second story that she’s excited to see onscreen.

Head to MTV for the full interview, which includes talk of City of Bones and the one thing she missed in the first movie.

We spoke to Clare to talk about the upcoming DVD release of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, including what went wrong with the initial City of Ashes script. Stay tuned for that and talk of City of Heavenly Fire and City of Bones special features beginning this Friday.

Happy Birthday to our Jace, Jamie Campbell Bower!

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A very happy birthday to our Jace, Jamie Campbell Bower, who turns 25 years old today!

We’re really lucky to have such a handsome and talented actor as our Jace Wayland in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and we can’t wait to see more of him in The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes!

Join us in wishing Jamie a very Happy Birthday!

Leave your birthday wishes below and tweet Jamie on Twitter (@JamieBower)!

Lily Collins is waiting to begin ‘The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes’

Clip9Last month, Constantin Film announced that production on The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes would restart sometime in 2014 after it was pushed back from a September 2013 production start.

MTV caught up with star Lily Collins (watch the video here) at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards, and the actress revealed that she’s not sure exactly when production is set to begin.

“Well, there is a lot of conversation still going on,” she clarified. “I don’t know anything else; I kind of am with everyone else in the waiting game.”

Lily is excited to get back at it in City of Ashes, but confirms there is no set production date yet.

 “I love the stories, I love Clary, we love the cast — I just have no clue,” the actress said. “I think I’m like all the fans going, ‘So, what’s happening?’ But you know they will be the first ones to figure it out when we do. You never know, right?”

Jamie Campbell Bower talks future of ‘Mortal Instruments’ film franchise

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Recently at the Curzon Home Cinema launch, Jamie Campbell Bower talked about the future of The Mortal Instruments film franchise with Digital Spy. Production on The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes is set to begin next year.

“With any film like that comes great trepidation, and you have to assess the market as it stands with big franchise films,” Bower told Digital Spy at the launch event for BT TV”s partnership with Curzon Home Cinema.

“We have seen a lot of [those films] flounder, and so if Constantin feel comfortable to move on to the next Mortal Instruments film, I’m happy for that.”

Jamie went on to discuss the importance of connecting with fans.

“Even from being a small part of something like Twilight, I found out that actually, what’s really important is having a connection with the fans.

“It’s great to be able to sit here and do press, but if I can go out there and I can do a mall tour - which is what we did for Mortal Instruments and for Twilight - that actually can make somebody’s day. And that’s sort of what I’m doing this for.”

We can’t wait to see Jamie portray Jace in City of Ashes!

Constantin Film ‘strongly believes’ in ‘The Mortal Instruments’ franchise

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After The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Constantin Film plans on restarting production on The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes in 2014, Variety published an article with more details from executive producer Martin Moszkowicz and how Constantin “strongly believes” in the franchise.

One of those details is that Harald Zwart, who directed City of Bones, isn’t a lock to return for City of Ashes. Constantin is looking at him and other suitors to direct the sequel.

“We are talking to him and others. At the moment there is no director attached,” Moszkowicz said. ”It also depends on his professional availability of course.”

Moszkowicz revealed that Constantin is working hard to determine what went wrong and that they’re working on the script and elements of the film before determining a budget.

”We are analyzing exactly what went wrong, and that needs some time. We’ll go back to the drawing board, and we’ll work on the screenplay; we’ll work on the elements of the movie; and then we’ll budget it.”

Like stated in THR’s report, a change in the marketing strategy is in the works. Moszkowicz said that they will move forward when they feel like they will get it right.

“Maybe we have targeted too young an audience,” he said. “They are very outspoken, especially in the social media world; they are extremely active. But the readers of the books are from 14 to 34 — that’s the main age group — and maybe some of them had issues with how it was marketed. We need to go behind that, and find out exactly what it was.

“It is an ongoing discussion that we are having, and it is not done. We haven’t made a final decision. But we will only move forward — and we plan to move forward — when we feel we are going to get it right,” Moszkowicz said.

Although it is quite likely that City of Ashes will film next year, nothing is ever set in stone in Hollywood. But the plan is to begin shooting sometime next year, although there is no start date yet.

“That is the plan, but it is not a given,” Moszkowicz said. “We believe in that franchise, and we would like to do that, but we need to get it right.”

Production on ‘City of Ashes’ to restart in 2014

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Exciting news, Shadowhunters! Constantin Film will restart production on The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes in 2014, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Constantin is pushing ahead with its adaptations of Cassandra Clare’s best-selling Mortal Instruments franchise and plans to restart production on the second film in the series, The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes, next year.

According to the article, Martin Moszkowicz noted the support and dedication of the Mortal Instruments fan base, and Constantin is determined to keep moving forward with the franchise.

“The fan response, from the blogosphere and the thousands of mails we have received, has encouraged us to keep going,” Moszkowicz told The Hollywood Reporter. “It’s been overwhelmingly positive, in contrast to some other YA titles.”

Moszkowicz said that City of Bones worldwide gross is close to $100 million. While that is below their forecasts, they will be working to see what went wrong with the first film as they move ahead with City of Ashes.

“We are analyzing what we did wrong with the first film, particularly with the positioning and marketing, and what changes we have to make. We are working with a great group of people to reposition the franchise (for City of Ashes).”

Also noteworthy is the mention of what Constantin will do to fix things that went wrong, including the marketing strategy which was targeted mainly to teenagers.

“The readers of Mortal Instruments are older than you might think,” he said. “That may have been one issue in our marketing, that we focused too much on a very young audience segment.”

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 In addition to studying its marketing mistakes, Constantin will be picking through the Harald Zwart-directed feature to see if the script, casting or style needs to be tweaked for City of Ashes. Sigourney Weaver had been attached to join the cast of the Mortal Instruments sequel.

How are you feeling, Shadowhunters?!

Cassandra Clare sounds off on movies, control and women’s work

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Cassandra Clare took to Tumblr to address some important topics that have been brought up to her, including her involvement in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.

To answer the original question: I did not have control over the film. I’ve said that a thousand times, and I know it’s confusing, because I have thanked the moviemakers for letting me have input. For listening to me at all. I have talked about having influence and being asked questions and being allowed to contribute and collaborate. But those things are not control. Control in Hollywood over a film is actually a legal issue. If you have a certain amount of control over decision-making, or if you wrote a certain amount of the script, you must legally be credited. There is a pretty easy way to tell if an author has control over a movie: look for a producer credit or a co-writing credit attached to their name. If there isn’t one*, if all it says is “based on the books by”, then you can assume no, they didn’t have control over the movie. In the end, it isn’t a matter of he-said-she-said, or sound bytes in interviews, or hastily dashed off tweets, but what’s in black and white in a contract and on the screen. When I said I did not have control, that is a contractual fact, and that is what I mean when I say it.

Cassie addressed the confusion surrounding her supposedly “changing her story” about having a lot of influence to having none. Like she’s always said from the beginning, she’s had some involvement, including casting, props, submitting script notes (which the studio doesn’t have to use), etc., but she’s never had control. Movies and books are two different things.

Nothing I have said since the movie’s release has been any different from exactly what I have said for the past year and a half. (And indeed, it is kind of weird even to imagine why I would about-face, since it would only be completely harmful to me and my career — it wouldn’t be so much a move of selfishness as total stupidity. The City of Ashes movie is still on the cards: why would I want to alienate the people making it? Why would I want to annoy them considering they also own Magisterium and I’m writing a screenplay for them right now? That would be dumb and bad for me on a million levels. There’s just no advantage to it. None.)

Read the full post here

‘City of Ashes’ Write-In Campaign

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Shadowhunters! We’ve teamed up with Mortal Instruments fan sites around the world to show support for City of Ashes with a City of Ashes Write-In Campaign. And we need your help!

What is a Write-In Campaign? That means no emails — just good, old-fashioned letters and postcards — that we’ll send to Constantin Film, Sony Pictures, eOne films and other distributors.

Here is where you come in. We need you to write a letter or send a postcard saying something along the lines of WE WANT CITY OF ASHES or PLEASE MAKE CITY OF ASHES and send it to your distributor (addresses are listed below). If you can’t send your letter, you can email your message to us (mortalinstrumentssource@gmail.com) along with your distributor, and we will send it for you!

Let’s show the power of Shadowhunters and our fandom!

DISTRIBUTORS

CONSTANTIN FILM DEVELOPMENT

IF YOU ARE IN EUROPE

Feilitzschstrasse 6
80802 Munich
Bavaria
Germany

AND IF YOU ARE IN THE STATES

9200 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

AND IF YOU WANT TO WRITE SCREEN GEMS

10202 W Washington Blvd  Culver City, California 90232 

Here’s Distributors Around the World -

Sony

Culver City, CA:
10202 W. Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232-3195
USA

UMN (2013) (Mongolia) (theatrical)

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia:
Shine Dul Complex, 4th Floor
Bayanzurkh District, 15th Khoroo
Ulaanbaatar 17041
Mongolia

Central Partnership (2013) (Russia) (theatrical)

Moscow, Russia :
Ostozhenka 17
Moscow 119034
Russia 

Constantin Film (2013) (Germany) (theatrical)

Munich, Germany:
Feilitzschstr. 6
80802 Munich, Bavaria
Germany

E1 Films Canada (2013) (Canada) (theatrical)

Toronto, ON:
175 Bloor Street East
Ste 1400, North Tower
Toronto, ON M4W 3R8
Canada

Entertainment One Benelux (2013) (Netherlands) (theatrical)

Hilversum, Netherlands:
Bergweg 46
Hilversum 1217 SC
Netherlands
Entertainment One (2013) (UK) (theatrical)

London, England:
120 New Cavendish St
London W1W 6XX
UK
Golden Screen Cinemas (2013) (Malaysia) (theatrical)

Petaling Jaya, Malaysia:
No. 1 Jalan SS22/19
Damansara Jaya
Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan 47400
Malaysia
Odeon (2013) (Greece) (theatrical)

Halandri, Greece:
275 Messogion Ave.
Halandri 15231
Greece
Screen Gems (2013) (USA) (theatrical)

Culver City, CA:
10202 W Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
USA
Shaw Organisation (2013) (Singapore) (theatrical)

Singapore:
Shaw Centre, 1 Scotts Rd
#13/14-00
Singapore 228208
Singapore
Sony Pictures Releasing (2013) (USA) (theatrical)

Culver City, CA:
10202 W. Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
USA
eOne Films (2013) (Spain) (theatrical)

Madrid, Spain:
Avda. de Burgos
nº 12 – 10ª Planta
Madrid 2
 Mongkol Major (2013) (Thailand) (all media)

Bangkok, Thailand :
388 S.P. Building, 9th Fl Phaholyothin Rd.
Samsannai, Phayathai
Bangkok 10400
Thailand

Cassandra Clare sounds off on postponement of ‘City of Ashes’: ‘A delay could be good’

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On Tuesday night, news broke that production on The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes had been delayed by Constantin Film because “the company did not want to rush into production with an unfinished screenplay, preferring to take the time to get right.” The film has not been cancelled contrary to some reports. Just delayed.

Cassandra Clare addressed the postponement of City of Ashes saying that “a delay could be good.”

Here’s what she had to say:

By now you guys likely know that the filming of City of Ashes was delayed: In fact a lot of you knew about it before I did since I found out from Twitter this morning!

Some of you have been asking me about it, and I wish I could answer you, but — I think I’ll quote Rick Riordan here — though the movies are based on my books, they are not my movies. The books are my books, but the movies belong to the production company. They make the decisions they make, and sometimes I know about them and sometimes I don’t. I’m sorry I can’t answer you, but it’s like asking me about your math homework—I would like to help you but I don’t know the stuff. (I am very, very bad at math.) Like I said a year ago, I am a terrible source of movie news and that remains true.

Delays happen in the movie biz. Lots of things happen in the movie biz—it’s a really chancy business, which I know about generally because my grandpa worked in movies and I think would’ve approved of me taking to the peaceful writing life instead. Look, I never thought they’d make the first movie. I literally assumed it would be cancelled up until the moment of the premiere.

According to The Wrap:

“The decision to delay “City of Ashes” was made several days ago after Constantin spoke with its international distributors at the Toronto International Film Festival, Moszkowicz told TheWrap. While Constantin is committed to making the sequel, the company did not want to rush into production with an unfinished screenplay, preferring to take the time to get right.”

 Speaking for myself —and honestly, for readers and fans, too — I think a delay could be good. The draft of the screenplay I saw for the first time last week was very far from the book City of Ashes, and if they’d really started shooting in September there wouldn’t have been time to change it. From the limited amount I know, it seems to me better to take the time to get it right than to rush ahead.

Bottom line:  The movies are not up to me and I am not part of the production team that makes them. I am distanced from what’s going on right now also — I am in Provence writing City of Heavenly Fire* and having a late celebration of my birthday with a big group of friends. Do I totally sympathize with people being disappointed at the delay? I do. But like I said, movies are v.v. chancy and out of my control — I remember when Screen Gems dropped the project, and we all assumed that was that, and later they picked it back up again. There’s no way to know what will ever happen in films, especially if you’re not in the business. I am incredibly lucky in my career and my readers, and even if they made a movie where Magnus ran for president or something, it wouldn’t change that.

We now return to our regularly scheduled posting of snippets and fanart — and the countdown to Heavenly Fire. If I hear anything movie related that’s news, I’ll let you know!

Sounds like a delay might be the best thing for the franchise in the long run. It’s great that the studio wants to take the time to get it right and make a faithful adaptation. What’s a little wait to get a film that is faithful to the book?

What scenes are you most excited to see come to life in City of Ashes?

‘The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes’ production postponed

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The start of production on The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes has been pushed back, executive producer Martin Moszkowicz told The Wrap.

“Constantin Film” has a long tradition of adapting books to the big screen. Pushing back the start of production of ‘City of Ashes’ was a decision we did not take lightly. But after speaking with all of our partners on the creative and distribution side, it was clear that it will be beneficial to have more time to reposition the film in the current market place,” said executive producer Martin Moszkowicz of Constantin. “‘The Mortal Instruments’ series has an incredibly loyal and ardent fan base and is a bestselling book series. While taking Cassandra Clare’s vision to the screen, we want to make sure to draw on the full potential of the franchise.”

Harald Zwart was returning to direct the movie, which was slated to start production next week.

Stars Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower and Kevin Zegers had signed on to return, while Sigourney Weaver had also been expected to join the ensemble.

The Wrap updated their article noting the reason behind the postponement, which is an unfinished screenplay. Constantin is still committed to making City of Ashes:

The decision to delay “City of Ashes” was made several days ago after Constantin spoke with its international distributors at the Toronto International Film Festival, Moszkowicz told TheWrap. While Constantin is committed to making the sequel, the company did not want to rush into production with an unfinished screenplay, preferring to take the time to get right.

It sounds like Constantin has the franchise’s best interests in mind as Martin discussed repositioning the film in its market. We support their decision as they want to do right by the franchise. The movie was slated to begin filming in two weeks. Stay tuned as more information is revealed.

UPDATE: Martin tweeted a message to the fandom reassuring the studio is working to make City of Ashes the best possible movie:

Here is the full press release that Martin posted on his Facebook:

LOS ANGELES (September 10, 2013) – Constantin Film announced today that it has postponed the start of principal photography of THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF ASHES.

THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF ASHES is the sequel of Constantin Film’s movie adaptation of THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES, the first book in the bestselling series by Cassandra Clare that has sold over 24 million copies to date.

THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES opened on August 21 and has a $70M worldwide box office take after 3 weeks in release. The book series is currently #1 on the New York Times bestseller list for children series.

THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES is a Constantin Film International GmbH and Unique Features (TMI) Inc.
Productions.

The push of THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF ASHES allows Constantin Film to analyze the results to date and reposition the franchise in order to maximize the results for future installments.

Said Martin Moszkowicz of Constantin Film and an executive producer on the franchise: “Constantin Film has a long tradition of adapting books to the big screen. Pushing back the start of production of CITY OF ASHES was a decision we did not take lightly. But after speaking with all of our partners on the creative and distribution side, it was clear that it will be beneficial to have more time to reposition the film in the current market place. THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS series has an incredibly loyal and ardent fan base and is a bestselling book series. While taking Cassandra Claire’s vision to the screen we want to make sure to draw on the full potential of the franchise.”

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