Future of ‘Mortal Instruments’ Sequel in Jeopardy (Exclusive)

Future of 'Mortal Instruments' Sequel in Jeopardy (Exclusive)

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

Constantin Film has delayed “The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes,” TheWrap has learned.

An individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap that production, which was slated to start next week, has shut down indefinitely. A press release from Constantin did not address when production may resume.

“The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones,” based on the bestselling fantasy novel by Cassandra Clare, grossed $58 million worldwide on a reported production budget of $60 million, without taking prints and advertising into account. Constantin claims the film has grossed north of $70 million thanks to several international territories, despite the figure currently displayed by Rentrak.

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“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.

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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 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.

“The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” currently has a 12% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. TheWrap's review said it “feels like a pilot for a Teen Nick series you wouldn't want to watch.”

Outside of “The Hunger Games,” YA movies have struggled of late, with “The Host” and “Beautiful Creatures” joining “Mortal Instruments” among Hollywood's high-profile under performers.

  • Beth Henke Campbell

    OH NO.. I loved this movie and will be so disappointed if they don't finish

    • ana bolio

      No puede ser! no debe ser cancelada, lo que deben hacer es tratar que el guion de la pelicula sea lo mas fiel al libro le cambiaron muchas cosas en la pelicula y si decepciono un poco hay muchas partes buenisimas del libro que no las incluyeron y que los fans esperabamos verlas, pero que nos dejen asi picados los ultimos dos libros tienen partes muy hot con Clace y queremos verlo, no es justo hay que apoyar a la escritora como fans y pedir que sigan con la saga

  • http://www.temas-wordpress.com/ Yaira

    They can always do straight-to-dvd … I don't feel to sorry since they did a bad job with the 1st one.

  • Megan

    Is anyone surprised? The first one was so horrible. I bet it's cancelled.

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      I was looking forward to seeing the sequel. I never heard of the movie although they spent $60 million marketing it? Something must be wrong there. Hope the sequels get made

  • Jacelyn C.

    I really loved this movie, would be really disappointed if they didn't finish this series. People need to give them a chance, and I don't see why the movie was horrible. In fact, it was fantastic, as it followed at least 90% of the book.

  • crys lilith

    I don't understand! The first one was GREAT! I haven't come out of a cinema so satisfied in a long time! There's action, love, fantasy… even the music was perfectly combined with each scene! Jamie was a perfect Jace, Lily was awsome as much as Robert Sheehan! It wasn't exactly as the book, but it came out even better at some point. I've seen many movies where you need to read the book first, to really understand the story. It's like they take for granted that everyone has read the book so it can be a collage of all the fans favorite scenes, without a real connection. Here, I've read the book time ago and even if I didn't remember everything, I really enjoyed the whole story! I need at least another 2 movies, ok? Please..

    • gillfish

      You can find any old Harry Potter fanfic on the internet sweet child.

  • Ananya

    I never supported this film, so, this is just funny to me. This is precisely what a plagiarist deserves.

  • Ryan kadlec

    Reboot the whole thing.

  • DB75

    I loved it! Not sure what people were expecting. Plus the critics most things of this genre because they have OD'd on twilight.

  • https://www.facebook.com/loes.beekmans?ref=tn_tnmn Loes

    It’s a shame “City of Ashes” is delayed, because I
    really loved the first movie. Seriously, I don’t get why people are being so
    harsh about it. If you love fantasy, you should love that movie. And yeah sure,
    maybe it’s not perfect, but it’s definitely not as bad as everybody keeps on
    saying. And I look forward to see what they will do with the next book. So I
    hope that Constantin Film will pick up the project soon and just finish
    what they started!

  • Tracy

    I didn't read the books, never heard of the movie but my friend's kids are huge fans so I went to see it with them and loved the movie!! Don't know what's up with all the haters, for a fantasy film it's very entertaining and scary!! I was looking forward to seeing the sequel. I never heard of the movie although they spent $60 million marketing it? Something must be wrong there. Hope the sequels get made

  • Kimberly

    I was surprised it did poorly in ticket sales because I saw the film without having heard of the books, Cassandra Clare or Jamie Campbell Bower or the film and thought the film was very exciting and entertaining. I still can't understand why ticket sales didn't do well, maybe it wasn't promoted well? None of my friends heard of it either, I just went because a friend arranged seeing it. I was looking forward to the next film, Jamie and Lily have great chemistry. Godfrey Gao is gorgeous but such a small part. I hope the sequel gets made.

    • Caroline

      My daughter was so sad when she heard the second film was delayed and may not get made so I really hope Constantin takes their time to evaluate and position the rest of the films. Honestly, I thought the film was quite entertaining, the audience gasped and ohhh-ed and ahhh-ed throughout so everyone seemed to enjoy it. We watched it 3 times already and definately willl support the second film. And yes, Lily and Jace have incredible chemistry and I have no idea why we saw so little of the most gorgeous Asian man alive but that needs to be rectified in the subsequent films.

  • Tabinformed

    I hope for the next installment they stay a little closer to the book. That was a little disappointing. Good casting in it, though.

  • vina1999

    I really loved the movie! I dont understand why its a flop and im really hoping to see the sequel! Jamie and lily did an amazing job! I didnt even have to read the book to understand it! Really want to see city of ashes! Please do the sequel! Its really amazing!

  • Julia Newcott

    I hope they get a better marketing plan together. They need to work hard to help people get past the ridiculously harsh film critics and the arrogant book fans who don't understand adaption.

    • WAYLAND12

      The movie was awesome and one of the best i'd seen in years. And yes they better get a good marketing plan together because a lotnof people are looking forward to the sequel. x

  • https://www.facebook.com/dgirwin1 Handyman003

    People are finally using their brains for once. But that still doesn't hide the fact we still have to suffer (and I mean suffer) through 3 more “Hunger Games” movies (the first one sucked hard, giving “Twilight” a run for its money), and then “Divergent” (God help us). There's only one good thing out of this: there is no Stephenie Meyer in sight.

    We must continue rooting for proven talents (i.e. J.J. Abrams, Guillermo Del Toro, Christopher Nolan) and welcoming rising auteurs (i.e. Neill Blomkamp, Duncan Jones, Rian Johnson). If we don't, well… it'll be the end of cinema as we know it.

    • diana

      ITA with you. All planned sequels must be cancelled and spare us from the agony of a Cassandra Clary garbage. This is YA series at its worst.

  • MusicGurl8192

    I've seen this movie 4 Times, I love it! I want to see it again! I will watch it 2 more times and then Buy the DVD when it comes out!
    This is one of the Best Movies i have ever seen.
    There is Comedy, Action and Romance with Fantasy! I am going to Email Constantin that there should be a Sequel.
    This is my Favourite Film of the Year, i can't live without a Sequel!

  • Carmen

    I loved the first one and thought the books got better as you got more into the story. I really hope they still make the other movies and keep the same actors/actresses. Please don't let it be the end!

  • Salim

    Ugh CoB was really good! but the marketing was horrible! I'm sure CoA will do much better! I have been waiting for this series to become movies since 2007! I need CoA!

  • Sarah

    I read all the books before the movie was even thought of.. When I heard they were turning it into a movie I was honestly mixed about how I felt. I didn't want them to ruin my love for the books. But, after seeing it I thought that they did a decent job. I would have thought the fans of the books would have come out in droves, kinda like twilight. I remember when Twilight first came out It was CRAZY at the theater!!!! So sad :( I was looking forward to City of Ashes.

  • Kathy

    I love it so much I had to buy all the books! Please make the second movie!

  • Zurah Rahim

    I had no idea of the books until I watched the film. I wanted to know more so I bought d books and currently reading book 5. Jamie Campbell Bower is the perfect Jace, despite netizens rooting for a certain Petty boy. Please, please make the sequel!