New ‘Shadowhunters’ Rumors: Creepy Jace + Production Pushed Back to Late June?

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Happy Thursday, Shadowhunters. How’s your day going? If it’s going well you might not want to hear about these latest rumors from the Shadowhunters television show. It doesn’t sound encouraging.

According to Spoiler TV, production on Shadowhunters has been pushed back from May to late June. That’s not the concern. The production delay most likely is related to scheduling conflicts and such.

But the real concern lies in these new teasers from the pilot script (thank you Spoiler TV), including a highly disturbing teaser about Jace and more information about this Natalie girl that no one cares about.

– An early scene see’s Simon and Clary at Java Jones. They’re watching the news about a ‘Demonic Killer’ who has killed 7 people.

– Natalie carries Yeti in her backpack. She’s described as a bit possessive and bohemian beautiful.

Jace has a creep moment where he inscribes a rune on Clary’s upper thigh while she’s passed out.

– Steles are retained from the books.

– Seraph Blades are retained from the books.

“Jace has a creep moment.” Wow that’s just fantastic. Because nothing says sexy leading man like a rapist. Because “inscribes a rune on Clary’s upper thigh while she’s passed out” isn’t just a creep moment, it’s rapey.

This better be a rumor. A horrible rumor. Because Jace is not a rapist. There’s no way that anyone would condone something as inappropriate and rapey as what Jace is said to do to Clary. I can’t say this enough, but this better be a rumor because it’s just all kinds of wrong.

Do those in charge need a reminder of what kind of character Jace is? He’s charming, handsome, vulnerable, caring and funny. He uses that humor to deflect and make us care about him. It’s that multi-faceted and humorous personality of Jace’s that made us fall in love with him. It’s the personality that was missing in the film. Jace isn’t Jace without that humor. And this rapey Jace certainly isn’t Jace.

Can we instigate a #JaceIsNotARapist trend or something?

Because I am tired of all these negative rumors, let’s focus on the couple bits of positive rumors, which include the steles and seraph blades remaining a part of the story. Let’s hope that’s a sign that Ed Decter will remain faithful to the world of the Shadowhunters (but at this point my faith is wavering). It’s also nice to see that Java Jones is in there (with Clary and Simon sharing a scene there like in the book).

Also, Spoiler TV shared the full description of Shadowhunters:

Clary Fray is perfectly normal; she’s a budding art student who loves spending time with her friends and family. On her 18th birthday, however, Clary discovers she is part of an age-old battle between demons and an elite race of warriors known as Shadowhunters. When her mother is kidnapped and her home is destroyed, so is her sense of reality. Clary must now understand her new role in an ancient battle, and come to terms with her family’s past.

Shadowhunters will air on ABC Family with production set to begin, according to Spoiler TV, now in late June in Vancouver.

TMI TV: Weighing the Good and Bad of the ‘Shadowhunters’ TV Show

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Last week, we got some pretty major news about Shadowhunters, the television series based on The Mortal Instruments. We learned that the show has finally landed at a network, which was revealed to be ABC Family. Also, production is set to get underway soon in May in Vancouver. Casting is also underway.

Amid all of the excitement, it’s easy to forget that we don’t know what to expect. But if the rumors we’ve heard are true, then I’m going to be one very pissed off fan, and you will be, too.

While we don’t know everything, we do know some things, some of which have been confirmed and some which are currently rumors. There are some good things, but honestly there are more bad things.

Here’s everything we know about Shadowhunters so far:

THE GOOD

We’re getting a show

Let’s be real, we all had our doubts that we’d ever see this series on a screen again after the failure of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. But there’re giving it another chance. On a platform that isn’t so much based on profit as it is popularity and social media excitement.

“Shadowhunters”

The name of the show is perfect. It’s a great way to separate the TV show from the movie, and it captures what the show should be out: the world of the Shadowhunters. Plus, short and sweet is always best for TV.

ABC Family

This is the most reassuring thing. ABC Family is a fantastic network that has been cranking out hits like Pretty Little Liars, The Fosters and Chasing Life. It’s a network that not only encourages diversity but embraces it. Just look at The Fosters, where there are characters of all ethnicities and the main couple is same-sex. This is a perfect fit for the diverse world of The Mortal Instruments.

THE BAD

All the changes

From what we’ve heard about Shadowhunters from our friends at Fangirlish, there are a lot of changes that are going to piss us and the fandom off.

Cassandra Clare isn’t (as of yet) involved with the show

Didn’t Constantin learn the hard way the first time around? To ensure to faithfulness and success of this show they need to involve Cassie. And as much as possible. Hell, let her run the show.

Aging up of the characters

This is unnecessary and messes with the series’ mythology. Need I say more?

Simon as an accounting student

Whattt? This makes absolute zero sense. Cause nothing says “rock star” like an accountant.

Rumor: Shadowhunters are like CIA agents

If that’s not enough to terrify you about the direction this show might be headed then I don’t know what would.

Rumor: The show will be sexed up

Look, we get it, sex is appealing, but it’s not what The Mortal Instruments is all about. Let’s hope they keep it that way.

As you can see, the bad far outweighs the good at this point. I hope that changes, I really do, because I know I speak for everyone when I say that I want Shadowhunters to be a success. And the success of this show won’t be measured by ratings alone; it will be measured by the product itself and its faithfulness – or lack thereof – to the source material.

Shadowhunters begins production in May in Vancouver.

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

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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.

TMI TV: A Letter to Ed Decter

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Dear Ed Decter,

I know that we don’t know each other, but I felt like it was important that I write this letter on behalf of the entire Mortal Instruments fandom.

Consider this our plea to you; a plea that our beloved Mortal Instruments be taken care of with the utmost care and respect.

I don’t know you. But your past work indicates that I might be able to trust you. But should I trust you? I’ve trusted before only to have that trust mislead and, honestly, I’m a little uneasy about this whole thing. This is the second attempt to get The Mortal Instruments translated on screen and, for all intents and purposes, this is 2nd down and 1 on the 1-yard line. Please don’t be the Seattle Seahawks and throw the ball on the 1-yard line. Go with what has proven to work and run the ball (excuse the sports metaphor, I honestly couldn’t help myself).

I may not know anything about running a television show, but I do know fandoms and this one in particular. So let me share my wisdom with you. Here are some things you need to consider:

Keep It Faithful

I have no idea if you’ve read any of my TMI TV Tuesday articles (or if you’re even reading this letter right now), but every week I stress the importance of staying faithful to the source material. I know I’ve said this countless times, but that is the most important factor in translating this story onto screen. You may not think it doesn’t matter whether or not the characters look and act like their book counterparts or have the same emotional journey or the story take place in New York City (which is a character in its own right), but those things are not only incredibly important to the fans but to the story itself. Sure, I know this show will attract new viewers who potentially have never read the books (what a travesty!), but you have this massive fan base already intact ready to take this journey with you. And we’re a passionate yet opinionated fan base that has the power to make this show known. You literally have us in the palm of your hands. All we’re asking is that you give us a reason to stay on the ride instead of bowing out because we don’t care for the unexpected twists and turns.

Make the Changes Acceptable 

Here’s the thing, I’m no idiot. I know there are going to be changes, as there should be. This is a different medium through which the story is being told. And this is your vision of this story. But there is a fine line between acceptable changes and drastic changes that will piss the preexisting fandom off. This is where knowing the books come into play. Have you read the books? I hope you have. They are truly amazing. Cassie Clare is a brilliant writer. If you haven’t read the books I seriously hope that reconsider, because if you’re going to run a show about these Shadowhunters then you’re going to need to not only know about certain events that occur but understand the characters’ reactions and reasoning behind certain decisions. As much as The Mortal Instruments is known for its action-packed story, the strength of all of Cassie’s series are her characters. And I know the fans would tell you the same thing. Honestly, I know a good part of the fandom might react not-so-supportive to certain acceptable changes, but once they get a glimpse of how the characters remain true to their souls in the books I think you’ll see them come around. The key here? Honor the characters. Honor the story. Honor the essence of these books in the changes you make.

Make the Show Appropriate

Honestly I hope that my hunch is completely unwarranted here, but I still feel the need to bring this to your attention. When creating and running this show please keep in mind that this isn’t a story for adults. Yes, adults like me love this story, but there’s a reason why we love it. It’s a story involving predominately adolescents as they discover themselves in a very confusing time in life, and that’s what we want to see. Sure, I can understand if you want to age the characters up a bit from 15 to 17 or something, but keep that in mind when crafting the show. These characters are experiencing love, heartbreak and loss for the first time. They’re being thrown into situations that some couldn’t have imagined in their wildest dreams. The things that these characters in particular have to go through in this series have forced them to grow up fast to a certain extent, but these characters aren’t adults. So we don’t expect something off of HBO. If we want to see Game of Thrones, we’d watch Game of Thrones. But, hey, if HBO were the ones that happened to pick the show up then, well, I guess we have no choice. (Here’s to hoping that doesn’t happen).

So…

Mr. Decter, the ball is now in your court (once again, sorry about that sports metaphor, honestly I can’t help it). All that I ask is that you give us a reason to trust your vision of this series. Because I love it. A lot. It means a great deal to me and to the entire fandom. Give us a reason to love this show. Because, trust me, we want to love it. Ultimately the choice is up to you and how you choose to run the show. But I hope that you’ll take my words to heart and understand that that’s what this show is about: heart. The heart of the characters and the heart of the fans.

Sincerely,

Alyssa, TMI Source

TMI TV Tuesday: What Networks Would Be A Good Fit For ‘The Mortal Instruments’ TV Show?

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On Tuesdays, TMI Source and Fangirlish are bringing you TMI TV Tuesdays, where we discuss different aspects regarding the upcoming television adaptation of The Mortal Instruments.

As we await news regarding The Mortal Instruments television show it’s only natural that our minds wander in the direction of which network we will be watching our favorite characters each week.

There are a lot of important factors to consider when deciding which networks would be good fits for The Mortal Instruments, including their target audience, influence of social media and fan engagement. But the most important thing is: Can they make this show a success without compromising the source material?

With that in mind, we’ve thought about four networks that could be a good fit for The Mortal Instruments:

THE CW

Is it wrong that when I first heard that The Mortal Instruments was set to become a TV show that I first thought of and hoped it’d be picked up by The CW? It may be because it’s my favorite network, but I also credit that instinct with the recent success of book-turned-show The 100. The 100 is a perfect example of how to adapt a young adult book to a television show — one that has noticeable changes but remains faithful to the source material, which pleases book fans and attracts new viewers. The network is no stranger to adapting young adult books, having the long-standing success of The Vampire Diaries, as well as the gone-too-soon The Secret Circle. With its rich history in young adult adaptationsThe CW seems like a perfect fit for The Mortal Instruments.

ABC FAMILY

A network that also has adapted television shows from young adult books, ABC Family could be a great fit for The Mortal Instruments. With the uber success of Pretty Little Liars, ABC Family has proven that they know how to take a young adult book series to success on the small screen. ABC Family is also very big on social media and fan engagement, which The Mortal Instruments fandom has proven to be exceptional with. The network has a history of adapting Sara Shepard’s books, including PLL and The Lying Game, and there’s also the potential for another series as they are developing Shepard’s The Perfectionists. Just think of the possibilities if The Mortal Instruments ended up and succeeded on ABC Family and the spinoffs we could get (I’m looking at you, Infernal Devices). With its social media savvy and young adult market, ABC Family would be a perfect fit for The Mortal Instruments.

MTV

Another great young-adult skewed network, MTV would be a natural fit for The Mortal Instruments. MTV is a network that is always looking for innovative shows that are going to impact its audience, like Teen Wolf. With Teen Wolf perhaps nearing its conclusion in the next couple of years, I’m sure the network is looking for that Next Big Thing that comes equipped with passionate fans that know how to make noise, and The Mortal Instruments would be a great series to inherit that role. Like ABC Family, MTV is all about fan engagement through social media interaction, which has always been important for the series whether it was for the books or the movie. It’s all about marketing the brand, and MTV has proven through social media and content, like after shows and such, that they know how to keep fans engaged after the show is over. With its target audience and innovation, MTV could be a perfect fit for The Mortal Instruments.

STARZ

While it doesn’t share the same market as the previous three, Starz is a network that I believe could really adapt The Mortal Instruments well. Look no further than Outlander, a book adaptation that has exploded onto the scene, and has pleased both fans of the source material and attracted new fans alike. When it comes down to it the most important thing isn’t about which big name network the show would be attached to, it’s about which network is going to take care of the series we know and have loved for years. And with Starz’s commitment to that I feel like they could be a good fit for The Mortal Instruments.

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Head over to FANGIRLISH to read their take on which networks The Mortal Instruments TV show would work best on, and check back on Tuesdays for TMI TV TUESDAYS.

What network would you pick for The Mortal Instruments TV show?

TMI TV Tuesday: The Importance of the Fandom

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On Tuesdays, TMI Source and Fangirlish are bringing you TMI TV Tuesdays, where we discuss different aspects regarding the upcoming television adaptation of The Mortal Instruments.

When adapting a bestselling book series to a television show the fans can either be your saving grace or your downfall. In regards to The Mortal Instruments television show, there are enough fans to have a significant impact on the show. Whether that’s in a positive or negative way is yet to be determined.

Nowadays a show’s success is measured not only by ratings but by social media engagement, which involves the fandom. And with a pre-existing fanbase – a massive one that is known for its social media savvy – Constantin already has an upper hand. Sounds like a recipe for success, right? Potentially. If utilized correctly.

Like with any other pilot, a pilot based on a book series requires the show to make a pitch to the audience. Only with a Young Adult book adaptation the pitch is more difficult. Because you’re not only pitching your vision to a generalized audience, you’re pitching your vision to an audience that already has a pre-existing vision of their own which comes from the book series. There’s already an expectation there, and the fans are waiting to see if they can trust those involved with the show to take care of the characters they love. And if there’s one thing that book fans sometimes have a hard time embracing it’s change.

Now here’s why fan engagement with The Mortal Instruments TV show is so important. As much as the fans can help the show they can do twice as much damage if provoked.

Fandoms are passionate. Book fandoms are insanely passionate. They have love for a series that been a large part of their lives – in the Mortal Instruments fandom for as long as eight years. That’s a lot of devotion to a series, its characters and its author.

I believe fans of most book series have come to acknowledge that in any adaptation there is change. But the severity of that change is a fine line that Ed Decter, Constantin and whoever the network turns out to be, should tread carefully. Because given provocation the fans could tear this show to shreds.

Enough with the negativity, let’s look at how the Mortal Instruments fandom could help this show. Because of today’s TV age where social engagement is as important as ratings themselves, having that pre-existing fanbase – a large one at that – is crucial. You already have an audience that will watch this show. You don’t have to hope that enough people will find the premise engaging, watch the pilot and return every week. That core fandom is already in place and open for newcomers of the world to join.

You need something trended? This fandom can get it done. You need to create buzz? This fandom can get it done. Whatever you want this fandom can get it done.

This fandom is a vocal one, and the studio, network and showrunner should utilize the fans and Cassandra Clare. We will let you know when we like something and when we despise something. What changes work and what changes most definitely do not work. We’re literally in the palm of your hand.

Make no mistake this fandom wants this show to succeed. This fandom will do anything to ensure that it does. We’re basically free marketing at your disposal. The only thing we want in return? A faithful adaptation. Give us that, and we’re yours.

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Head over to FANGIRLISH to read their take on the fandom’s impact on The Mortal Instruments TV show, and check back on Tuesdays for TMI TV TUESDAYS.

What are your thoughts?

TMI TV Tuesday: Three Things We Want to See in ‘The Mortal Instruments’ TV Show

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On Tuesdays, TMI Source and Fangirlish are bringing you TMI TV Tuesdays, where we discuss different aspects regarding the upcoming television adaptation of The Mortal Instruments.

With any adaptation there is guaranteed change as the source material is translated into another medium. In our case, Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments have already been translated from book to film, and now Constantin is giving it another go with a book to television adaptation.

While it’s important to understand that change is not only guaranteed but necessary in an adaptation, there are some things that as fans we really, really want to see remain faithful in the television show.

Here are three (of many) things that we’re hoping to see in some form or another in The Mortal Instruments TV show:

1. A Faithful Adaptation

So this is about as broad as you can go, but after watching The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones be a not-so faithful adaptation to Cassandra Clare’s beloved books I don’t know if fans could take it again if the same thing happened with the TV series. This is my way of once again stressing the importance that the TV show do the opposite of what the movie did, which is take liberties with the material that actually altered the story. As far as remaining faithful to the source material, show runner Ed Decter need only understand the importance of the Shadowhunter world and culture, as well as the characters and their unique personalities and how that contributes overall to the story. When I say faithful I don’t mean every single detail from every single book in the series be included (because that show would last for 20 years, not that I’d complain), but it’s important with adaptations that one recognize what is integral to the story.

2. The Incest Plot

When you’re adapting a book series to a different medium there are certain aspects of it that you cannot change because, well, it’s integral to the series as a whole. So, incest is a sore subject, understandable. Sure, it might be intimidating to take on handling the way a plot like that plays out, but that’s all in the fun of being a show runner, right? It certainly helps when the problem’s already solved in the books themselves. But it’s a huge theme throughout the first three Mortal Instruments books (spoiler alert: they learn they’re not related). Hey, if Game of Thrones can make it work so can The Mortal Instruments.

3. Teases of Other ‘Shadowhunter Chronicles’ Series

When you have a world as diverse and expansive as that of Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunter Chronicles, there are plenty of opportunities for crossovers between books and connections between characters, as evidenced by the interconnectivity of the Shadowhunter families within her series. So as we head into the television adaptation, I’m hoping that we’ll get a little tease of these other series. Now this doesn’t need to be immediate — I’m not expecting to hear the mention of Will Herondale in the pilot — but it’d be nice down the line if we’d get little Easter Eggs of important characters from The Infernal DevicesThe Dark Artifices, etc. As a comics fan I relish in those Easter Eggs in television and movies. If Clare’s books have proved anything it’s that the possibilities are endless when it comes to Shadowhunters. And this is gold to a showrunner.

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There are endless things that we’d like to see in the show, so we might end up doing more.

Head over to FANGIRLISH to read their three things they don’t want to see in The Mortal Instruments TV show, and check back on Tuesdays for TMI TV TUESDAYS.

What are your thoughts? What are some of the essential things you need to see in the show?

TMI TV Tuesday: Importance of Staying Faithful to the Shadowhunter Culture

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In a world full of technological advances there’s simplicity about the culture and history of Shadowhunters in Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments. It’s that culture that fans hope is translated faithfully onto the small screen adaptation that is set to begin production this year.

With the growing digital craze it would be easy to give the Shadowhunters a tune-up. To replace steles with fancy gadgets. To modernize them. But that would not only be stupid from a marketing standpoint but also dishonorable to the culture that millions of fans have fallen in love with and crave to see executed faithfully on the small screen.

The Shadowhunter world dates back hundreds of years and carries that tradition on throughout generations, as fans of Clare’s books have read. The world is vast and while it changes through the years – and its different series – one thing remains the same: the culture. An argument can be made that the culture comes off a bit dated, and that’s because it is. But that’s part of the appeal. There’s something so fascinating about a group of people that have had the same practices through hundreds of years. No technological advances could change it at its core.

While The Mortal Instruments does take place in 2006, there was still a significant technological influence at that time. It’s uncertain specifically when the television show will take place but it’s most likely to take place in present day. It’s just easier. But it shouldn’t matter whether the story takes place in 2006 or 2015. Things have remained mostly the same from 1878 to 2006 so what difference would nine years make?

Runes have become synonymous with the Shadowhunter fandom. Fans have gotten tattoos of their favorites or own jewelry to show them off. It’s a huge part of the Shadowhunters’ history. And from the very beginning steles have been used to create these runes. Whether it’s tools or weapons, the television show needs to honor Shadowhunter history.

With any adaptation to a different medium there is the certainty of change. The significance of the change is uncertain until a show or movie’s premiere, but here’s hoping that Constantin learned that the best thing they can do with this franchise is to remain true to its roots, which includes the Shadowhunter culture.

Consider this my plea to Constantin and showrunner Ed Decter. When remaining faithful to the source material please keep in mind that a large part of that is the history and culture of the Shadowhunters. Despite the pressures from television execs or so-called experts, please consider this advice from someone who knows what fans will like and not like. Honor the culture. Why fix what isn’t broken?

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Head over to FANGIRLISH on Thursday to read their thoughts about Shadowhunters and The Mortal Instruments TV show, and check back here Tuesdays for TMI TV TUESDAYS.

What are your thoughts? How important is it for them to pay homage to the history of the Shadowhunters in the television show?

TMI TV Tuesday: Addressing the Casting Situation

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On Tuesdays and Thursdays, TMI Source and Fangirlish are bringing you TMI TV Tuesdays and Thursdays, where we discuss different aspects regarding the upcoming television adaptation of The Mortal Instruments.

When news about The Mortal Instruments making its way to the small screen first broke, the immediate reaction for a bulk of the fandom was: “What about the original cast?” “Will there be a new cast?” “But I want the original cast!”

It was a natural and expected reaction from a passionate fandom that went through a long and strenuous journey with Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Robert Sheehan, Kevin Zegers, Jemima West, etc. with the film adaptation of City of Bones. The cast became like family as they showered the fans with love and thanks and put their everything into bringing Cassandra Clare’s beloved characters to life.

But that was the movie adaptation.

Now that The Mortal Instruments is making a transition to television, it’s all but guaranteed that there will be a new cast portraying these beloved characters. New faces and new takes on the characters we’ve seen brought to life through words and through the big screen. It’s just the nature of entertainment.

All this is is a new version of the story we’ve all fallen in love with. Whatever is done on the small screen will not take away from what we saw on the big screen and read in the books, just like the film adaptation took nothing away from the original source material.

Here’s the thing, nobody can replace the movie cast. And nobody’s asking them to. Nothing can take away what Lily, Jamie, Robbie, Kevin and Jemima did with their performances and their love and kindness for the fans and the characters. All I’m asking is that you to keep an open mind.

When casting eventually begins for The Mortal Instruments TV show, don’t hate it. Don’t hate the actors. Embrace it and embrace them. Because those actors — whose identities we don’t know yet — are going to be our new family. People have more than one family, and this is just another one we’ll soon add to our list.

Other fandoms should be so lucky to get not one not two but three different and unique takes on the story they love.

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Head over to FANGIRLISH on Thursday to read their thoughts about the casting situation with The Mortal Instruments TV show, and check back here Tuesdays for TMI TV TUESDAYS.

What are your thoughts? Are you open to the idea of a new cast given the likelihood the original film cast won’t return?

TMI TV Tuesday: The Importance of Staying True to the Books

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Every Tuesday, TMI Source and Fangirlish are bringing you TMI TV Tuesdays, where we discuss different aspects regarding the upcoming television adaptation of The Mortal Instruments.

With every adaptation there is a great risk of the source material being altered to extremes. As fans of Cassandra Clare’s books, our first obligation is to the world and the characters that live and breath on the pages. And when the time comes for them to make their way from the pages to the screen, we hope with every fiber of our being that they’ll be treated with care and respect.

It’s important to note that with any adaptation there are certain liberties that the showrunner, producers or studio will take as they adapt it for the big or small screen. But there’s a huge difference between changes that are necessary and changes that are forced and will negatively affect the adaptation.

It feels sort of repetitive and you have to wonder why it even needs to be said, but The Mortal Instruments television show must stay true to the books. And, no, I don’t mean that every single thing that happens in the books must be portrayed to a tee on the small screen. But the important events and the spirit of the Shadowhunter world must remain intact. Because it’s not the Shadowhunter world without it. And it might as well be an entirely different show altogether.

One of the problems with The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones were the changes to things that were actually quite important to the story and the overall series, like Valentine not ending up with the Mortal Cup by film’s end. That was a significant change that affected the plot of the then-second-planned film. It was imperative that Valentine wind up with the Cup — that Clary had to lose something so that she was motivated to fight back, that Valentine posed an immediate threat. All of that was taken away because of the decision to have Clary come away victorious with the Cup. You don’t grow as a person because you win, you grow because you fail and then rise up and keep fighting back. That’s the spirit we all fell in love with. And that’s the spirit I hope remains intact in the show.

The simple fact is that there are going to be changes. There are going some things that are left and some things that are added as a means to move the show along. But that doesn’t mean they’re going to be bad. You might even find them needed. The important thing is to recognize the things that you can change and things that you can’t. It’s not merely because the fans want it but also because it’s important to the spirit of the series.

Speaking in regards to television, there are certain shows that have gotten it right and others that have gotten it wrong (more on that in a future TMI TV Tuesday), but the important thing to note right now is that The Mortal Instruments has the chance to redeem itself. It can be one of these shows that people talk about when they talk about great adaptations, or it can be one that people laugh about how it went horribly wrong. But I have faith that those at Constantin and Ed Decter know the importance of being faithful to the books and will deliver us a show that the fans and Cassandra Clare’s characters deserve.

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Head over to FANGIRLISH on Thursday to read their thoughts on why  it’s important that The Mortal Instruments staying true to the source material, and check back every Tuesday for TMI TV TUESDAYS.

What are your thoughts? How important is it to you that they stay as true to the series as possible? What would be your reaction if they took to many liberties with it? Sound off in the comments!

TMI TV Tuesday: Five Reasons Why ‘The Mortal Instruments’ Will Work Better As A TV Series

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Every Tuesday, TMI Source and Fangirlish are bringing you TMI TV Tuesdays, where we discuss different aspects regarding the upcoming television adaptation of The Mortal Instruments.

If at first you don’t succeed, try again. That’s the mindset Constantin has in regards to reviving The Mortal Instruments as a television series. While the series failed as a film franchise, there is renewed hope in regards to it lighting up the small screen. And, frankly, this is a good thing.

While there have been several successful YA film franchises, including The Hunger Games, Divergent and Twilight, there have been more than double as many failures, The Mortal Instruments included. But sometimes a two and half hour film doesn’t work when adapting a 500-page book filled with world building and character development. But the important thing is The Mortal Instruments may have found new life in the television world.

Here are five reasons why we believe The Mortal Instruments will work better as a television show.

1. More Time For World Building

One of the problems with The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones was the lack of world building for those unfamiliar with the material. But even then, fans were still very much looking forward to seeing the world come to life through a different medium. It’s not that they didn’t try, it’s just there was no time to do so in a way that the source material was owed. That’s one of the challenges faced with adapting not only a 500-page book into a two and half hour film but one with so much rich history that can get lost in the shuffle. With a television show you’re given at minimum 13 hours or maximum 23 hours per season. There is going to be so much time at showrunner Ed Decter’s disposal as he’s crafting a way to introduce this world and flesh it out through the eyes of our heroine Clary Fray.

2. Fleshing Out the Characters

One of the things that I love so much about television is the amount of time you have to dedicate to your characters. It’s the same thing that applies in books and it’s why the series has such an impact on its reader or viewer. When done right it’s like you’re being treated to a one-hour short film every week and you get to know the characters on a much deeper level than you’d ever get to on film. Not only will we get to really dig deep with our main cast of characters, but the minor characters that we’ve grown to love will get their chance to shine. Remember how they cut Rafael from the film? That needn’t be a problem on the show, where Decter can take an entire episode to not only flesh out his character in the present, but as well as in the past. It also provides an opportunity to explore unseen — well, in this case unread — stories involving the characters. The characters are the heart and soul of Cassie’s books and for the series to truly shine, they will have to be the heart and soul of the show, as well.

3. Telling the Story Right

When you task yourself with crafting a film based on a 500-page book it’s obvious that some story lines are going to get the ax. And that rang true for The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, which featured either an extreme condensing or a complete deletion of scenes in its screen adaptation. While there’s no promise that everything that happens in the books will happen on the show, there’s much more time to flesh out certain story lines and really take the time to tell the story right. There’s no need to rush through or completely ignore certain scenes due to time restrictions. And unlike in a film where you can’t undo a mistake, if something isn’t working on the show you can fix it in the upcoming episodes.

4. More to Work With 

With movies you only have so much to work with and so little time to do so. With television there will be more time to fully utilize the source material from the entire series and not just City of Bones. Reports have indicated that they will start with City of Bones and then slowly delve into the other five books. There is so much story to work with in just City of Bones alone and you have at most 22 hours to work with in telling an entire season arc. Also, since Constantin owns the rights for all of Cassie’s works, who’s to say we couldn’t possibly get flashbacks hinting at the times of The Infernal Devices somewhere far down the road? The possibilities are endless when you have so much time and story to work with.

5. Less Pressure to Succeed

The make-or-break factor in aspiring film franchises — whether it’s Young Adult or not — is money. That’s the goal for big-budget studios. It’s the most important thing. And you normally get one shot with opening weekend. Now with television, it’s more about the viewers than the money. The viewers dictate advertisers and advertising costs. But you see, they’re both aimed at making money — it’s what this world revolves around — but it’s not about the viewers’ money (in most cases), it’s about the advertisers’ money. How much are they going to pay for an ad to run during a network’s most popular show? But let’s not mistake it, pressure is still very much a factor. It’s just ratings pressure and it’s not as intense as making sure you hit a $60 million opening weekend. And unlike with films you get more than one shot to shine. With movies it’s opening weekend or bust. For television it’s weekly ratings or bust, but sometimes if a show’s social media presence is strong enough they’ll give it another shot.

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Head over to FANGIRLISH on Thursday to read their thoughts on why The Mortal Instruments will work better as a television series, and check back every Tuesday for TMI TV TUESDAYS.

What are your thoughts? Why do you think The Mortal Instruments could possibly work better as a television show?

‘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.

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!

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