On May 8, 2013, executive producer Martin Moszkowicz announced that production on The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes would begin in Fall 2013 with Harald Zwart returning to direct the sequel to The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. Filming was later revealed to begin on September 23 through December 6 in Toronto and the movie is expected to be released in late 2014.

In September 2013, production on the film was delayed due to box office performance and script issues. In October, it was revealed that production will restart sometime in 2014.

Film Status: Pre-Production

Release Date: TBA

Filming: 2014

Filming Locations: Toronto (expected)

Production Companies: Constantin FilmsUnique Features

Director: TBA

Producers: Robert Kulzer, Don Carmody

Executive Producers: Martin Moszkowicz, Bob Shaye, Michael Lynne

Screenwriter: Jessica Postigo Paquette

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68 thoughts on “CITY OF ASHES Movie

  1. Hi there! Where will casting calls be for City of Ashes? I want more than anything to audition as Maia Roberts but all my research online hasn’t gotten me very far. Help me out? :(

  2. I’m really happy that they’ll turn all the books into movie adaptations!
    I’m not happy that they will realease the next one in LATE 2014 though… :( I mean it takes 6 months for a movie to be realeased. Shoudn’t they realease it on July? December’s the last month, so count from 1 when you reach six, it’s July…. You get that right????

  3. Hope it’s better than the first adaptation. They barely showed Jace’s love/hate for Valentine (which they could have shown fully if they kept to the book ending and had Jace beat him), and cut out opportunities for Jonathan Rhys Meyers to show a seductive, calculating, and subtle Valentine (he could be portrayed well enough giving a speech into why he thinks he’s right rather than him just strait up attacking, it detracts from not just his character depth, but from another character’s opportunity to respond with their views, and really they need to mention his main motivation is his hate for downworlders rather than analyzing his inner motives). I’d also like it if they kept their mentioning of the real Jonathan Christopher Morgenstern to what was done in the book (no revelation of demon blood) or what Val. plans to do with all three Mortal Instruments until COG’s adaptation, it’ll just flow more naturally if kept to the book. Clary’s discovery of her special powers and Val. telling her in COB movie seemed very forced.

  4. I really hope that the screenwriter and producers do much a better job on this next installment. Also my best assumption is that the person playing Magnus Bane was so poor in his acting ability, that the producers had to cut his scenes down to two with very little dialog. Perhaps he should read the books to get Magnus’s personality down. Last, here’s hoping they cut off Valentines ridiculous clip on braid! What was that!!

      • I am unsure with no news. I hope they make sequel. It is Amazing! I think they should combine the books though to get the a bigger story all together. I read City Of Ashes. It is good I think. I just personally hope they do it soon before the actors age. I know this movie probably won’t happen,but stranger things happen. I am not over City Of Bones! I am uninterested in the other YA movies. JCB really stood out in this movie. He is a strong actor. Crossing fingers!

    • Yes. I have been reading everything I could on the subject for the past week; and all of it says that they are making changes to the script and brainstorming ways to market the movies differently right now. Then early next year, they are going to begin filming, with a tentative release of late next year. I tend to think that if they don’t begin filming till next year, it may be January before we see it.

  5. OH MY GGGGOOOOOSSSHHHH!!! I am so excited!!!!!!! I WOULD audition for Maia, but Im WWWAAAYYYY too young for that part!!! BUT IM STILL SSSSSOOOOOOO EEEXXXXXCCCCCIIIIITTTTTEEEEDDDDD!!!!!!! AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!! :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D

  6. I hope they continue with all of the series. I have read them all and loved the first movie. I can’t wait for city of ashes.

  7. Hi! ,
    I have been a fan of the mortal instruments ever since the first book came out . And I have been dreaming of being a part of the film. I love acting and I’m confident I’m your girl for an action emotional character. Give me a chance and you won’t be disappointed.

  8. Do we have any idea where the process is at for the re start of this movie? Is it time to start a new campaign to get this movie made and let constantin films know were anxiously waiting??

    • I am wondering the same thing! Grrr I have been checking everywhere for updates about City of Ashes. All I’ve seen are the same few articles claiming they’re rewriting the script and they’ll start filming in 2014…umm broad much? And Lily Collins’ recent interviews on the topic aren’t giving me much reassurance. So I agree campaign time guys??

      • I really thought the idea was great. The movie could have been way much better. I wish I could forget this movie because I actually liked it. I hate twilight. It kinda like it,but it bores me to death. I like the shadow hunter vibe more,and more as a story.

      • I heard that they probably wont get passed the 3rd movie because Valentine didn’t get the cup and Clary’s mom is already in the hospital. I think they should’ve kept The City of
        Bones with the book and not changed it to much. But that’s my opinion.

  9. Ya I think its time for a new campaign or this movie will fade until it’s cancelled. Let’s get things going again and get them to do this one by the book. Why stop at the third book when the next three are also good? If CoA is successful maybe we can get the whole series!

      • back when they made the initial campaign I found this address. I have not yet used it but now I think I will! If we can get this to spread and make more noise then maybe we can get some news from the producers on the movie’s progress. Worth a shot!!
        Constantine Production
        9200 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

  10. Hi when will the mortal instruments city of ashes be coming out. Jamie Campbell bower is great as playing the role of jace but what was the point of jace getting all angry to clary there was no point as jace has affections for her and so does she. You should really of thought about that before you made the first flim. As Simon is not the guy for clary because clary has a strong affection for jace. But jace feels that clary has affections for Simon, clary wants to tell jace how much she loves him but then jace says he’ll be a real brother and nothing else. Which upsets Clary then they have a secret relationship. Is that in the city of ashes or city of glass,it should be in city of ashes? Jace is a great cast in the flim and so is clary. I like how you made clary and jace meet and how he saved her. Jace has courage and affections for her to be able to save her. Clary likes him and every time he saves Simon she says thank u for saving Simon ir hugs Simon. But when he saves her she just says thank you she should really hug him actually to collect create a passionate romantic atmosphere. Then a sad atmosphere it just doesn’t suit jace or clary. Also they both care about each other which is great. But in the second flim Simon kisses clary that stinks it should be jace.

  11. Also is then going to be like a time when i can go and see Jace and Clary live here in London? Please tell me

  12. Awesome! So how do we get the moderator of this board to put it out there that we need to start writing again? I don’t want to kiss our Window and I worry that the longer it goes the less likely it will get made. Especially with the final hook coming out in may we want momentum going for the sequel by then!!

    • Maybe start a trend on twitter or various other blogs. Try to get back on the radar again and start a movement. I noticed that the timeline for Important Dates no longer includes the City of Ashes movie. That doesn’t look good. The producers need to know that the movie is still important and that they need to keep the movie similar to the book!

  13. When I first saw City of Bones, I was a little puzzled because the movie was not faithful to the book. I don’t understand why the screenwriters completely rewrote the scenes differently from the book. Also, at the end of the book Jace and Clary were supposed to be on a flying motorcycle. I forgot the term used for the flying motorcycle but I do remember that Jace flew the motorcycle over the water next to the Brooklyn bridge. The movie should of ended with the audience gasping and impatiently wondering when City of Ashes will be released. But instead most people just sat there like what? The ending was bland. Shadowhunters shouldnt ride down the street on a motorcyle. Shadowhunters should use the portal to arrive at their destination. Another scene that really annoyed me was when Hodge was telling Valentine that he held his end of the bargain by giving Valentine the cup and that Valentine should lift the curse. In that scene, the editing clearly needed to be edited. There were two different angles of Valentine and every time it changed his braid was in a different position. One second the braid is behind his ear and the next second, second angle his braid is over his hair and then the third second first angle the braid is behind his ear again. They needed to work on the editiing and show what shadowhunters are truly capable of doing. Lastly, in the book Madame Dorthea is a psychic and she tells Clary and Jaces’s fortune. In the movie, she doesn’t do that and thats the best part! In the book Madame Dorthea says to Jace that he will fall in love with the wrong person, which is Clary but the didn’t happen in the movie. That scene was supposed to intrigue the audience more so that when the big reveal of Clary and Jace being brother and sister was revealed the audience would been emotionally dying. That scene would have definitely captivated the audience. There was more excitement in reading the book than watching the movie. The movie changed a lot of things for no reason. I liked the movie but it could have been better. I do hope that the City of Ashes goes througb because I like the books just don’t stray away from scenes by making it completely different in the movie. The director for these movies should be someone who has directed the Harry Potter films because those were extremely successful and the only way that The Mortel Instruments will become successful is if they keep most things the way they are, do justice to the book, and better editing because I noticed some things that needed to be fixed.

    • I agree completely. It was like amateurs were running/ruining the whole movie. Some of the things that had happened in the movie were completely unacceptable. For example, the fact that Jace had said the Institute was built around the Portal, which is untrue because of what we have read in Clockwork Princess. Also, the end when Clary draws a rune on her hand and that magically makes everything fly up into place. PolandBananasBooks (Christine Riccio, YouTube) said “No” out loud in the theater. And going back to the Portal issue, Jace also said that Shadowhunters have trained their whole lives to learning how to use the Portal. Clary, a person who just learned about Shadowhunters, manages to successfully go through the Portal and end up at Lukes.
      The Harry Potter movies were some of the best book-to-movie adaptations, especially the last two. If the TMI movies had loyal directors and screenwriters then the whole movie franchise would be way more successful and we, the fans of the original work, would have something else that we would be proud of. I, personally, really disliked this movie and felt embarrassed at times. I made sure my friends who have not read the books and went to see it with me knew that this was NOT the book and the books have more depth than the movie in terms of character, plot, dialogue. The movie was flat and untrue.
      But at least it wasn’t untrue like the Percy Jackson movies, am I right? Too soon?

  14. JCB needs to bulk up a little. Too thin for my taste. In COB when he opened his door to Clary and he was shirtless—didn’t do much for me. Don’t get me wrong he is very attractive, but his body needs more….
    He doesn’t look strong enough for all the fighting he is doing. His arms, legs, chest, abs and “backside” are small–no muscle definition. I don’t think he needs to look like a body builder (yuk), just more than what he has. I do think he is the person for the part, just needs tweeking.

  15. I know no one usually replies to this stuff. But when you get the full cast please tell me. I already know jace and isabell are staying along with clary and Simon.

  16. Guys making comments about how the already castes characters need to change doesn’t do anything. They are set. What we need to do is stop complaining about the last movie and push for the new one. They have changed the production listing to “Unknown” which could be either good or bad. We need to get this movie some publicity and more attention!

  17. Agreed!! Which is why we’ve been talking about doing another letter writing campaign so that the production company knows there is a market and we want to see the movie made!!! We need to spread the word and make this happen!!!

    • I agree we need to do another letter. Get the word out there that we need City of Ashes. What with the awards winnings yesterday, they definetly need to push forward with the production. We have to do another letter for sure.

      • Check out my earlier post for the address we could send letters to. It’s totally worth a shot!

  18. Veronica Mars got made by fans support by kickstarter. Maybe if the CAP fans pull together there possibly could be a sequel. I have lost hope for this franchise.

  19. I also begun to read COB and wonder what teacher director,or people involved in project did not follow book. I understand the idea that some of it had to change,but the monsters in the book seemed more bad @$$. The guy that directs Grimm and Buffy would make this movie better.


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  22. I’ve read all five books and am looking forward to the final book of this series. I just finished watching City of Bones and felt cheated. There was so much in the book and while I understand not everything can be put in the movie something’s should of been more. It’s just like in the Hunger Games there were parts or lines in the book that should of been used in the movie. I hope the second installment is made and that the writers really read the book to project what the reader is feeling. The forbidden love between Jace and Clary. The two of them trying to put their feelings aside and work together. Clary’s worry for her mother. The boat scene between
    Jace and Valentine. The inquest or and Jace’s escape. The a silent Brother’s deaths and Valentine being around the mess with Jace and Clary. Would really be disappointed if all the books weren’t made into movies.

  23. I’m watching CoB for the umpteenth time and will be VERY disappointed if CoA is not made! I know there are so many that feel the same! A good script and WAY BETTER promotion will make a huge difference! If you’re not going to make it we all wish you would just say so instead of dragging this out for nothing!

  24. They definitely will make city of Ashes, they wouldn’t be cruel and leave us hanging, if they aren’t going to make it they would have told us already. Besides in one of Jamie’s interviews for Burberry he mentioned some exciting new work that would come later this year, “film-based work”. I don’t think that City of Bones was that bad, just many people downgraded it because the critics thought that it would be the next Twilight and many adults hated that stuff. But now catching fire and divergent have been such great hits that many people are starting to like ya book to movie adaptions, so hopefully when CofA releases it will be much better received as there is now a larger market out there. To be honest I only started reading books because of hearing about the craze of hunger games and from there I found mortal instruments and divergent, I think more young people are reading now that so many books are turning into films, it all started with Harry Potter just saying. But I hope they tell their fans something soon and I really want them to try to fix their mistakes by making it as true to the book as much as possible. It’s just a matter of time when they reveal it.

  25. Due to the wide unpopularity of the first film, the producers have decided to push back production of The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes in order to revamp and reevaluate. Also, IMDb is now disclosing The City of Ashes as “in development”, with most actors slated as “announced” – meaning its on the books, they are returning to their roles.

    • OMG CITY OF ASHES IS “ANNOUNCED” ON IMDB!!! Getting really excited now. Wait, does that mean that they filming very soon?

  26. I am a really big fan of the book series itself. While the first two books are great in their own rights three four and five are out standing I could not put any of them down. The first movie was ok but I tend to agree with most on this page that the book to screen adaption was horrible…there were things such as above mentioned left out , but also the one thing not too many people hit on was the fact that Valentine has the mortal cup.. At the end of the movie when Clary comes out to get on the “motorcycle” she pulls out the tara card she got from Dorthea and Jace tells her to becareful with that….She should not have to be careful with it …it does not contain any thing. It will be interesting to see how the adaption of the next movie bring that to light. It will be horrible if all of these books aren’t made into movies as I stated before the first two books are great but to not do the other three (then the sixth book and final movie) would be an outrage to all of us who have been there from the beginning. Can not wait til COA comes out in theaters and certainly can not wait til the COHS comes out on may 27th!!!!

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