The Mortal Instruments Heads For TV

A series will replace the planned movies (for now)


The future for the Mortal Instruments franchise on screen has taken another intriguing turn. While the most recent announcement was that the second book, City Of Ashes was still in development as a film, this weekend brought word that the stories will actually move forward as a TV series.

Though Constantin Film had hoped to turn Cassandra Clare’s books into a movie franchise, the lacklustre reception for last year’s City Of Bones has forced some new thinking. Now writer/producer Ed Decter has been hired to develop the series for potential production next year.

“It actually makes sense to do (the novels) as a TV series,” Constantin film and TV head Martin Moszkowicz tells The Hollywood Reporter. “There was so much from the book that we had to leave out of the Mortal Instruments film. In the series we'll be able to go deeper and explore this world in greater detail and depth.”

There’s no word on whether this means City Of Bones will act as a de facto pilot or if the show will start again fresh (which might make sense, since presumably it will need a whole new cast). But it’ll be fascinating to see whether The Mortal Instruments’ more natural home really is a smaller screen.

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