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:
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.
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.
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.
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.