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30 October 2009  |  Written by Phil de Semlyen  |  Source: Variety

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The hunt to find the next Twilight is on, with children's book series The Mortal Instruments being prepped for the big screen by a combination of Unique Features and Constantin. No doubt they noticed one or two similarities between the maaahoosive vampire saga and the tale of 16 year-old Clary Fray and her battles with hordes of vampires, werewolves and assorted other monsters.

While the four books in the series - City Of Bones, City Of Ashes, City Of Glass and City of Fallen Angels - have yet to cross our bedside table, they've been required reading for a far few teenage girls stateside, with the titles appearing on the New York Times bestseller list.

Jessica Postigo, writer of FARC hostage drama Operation Checkmate, is penning a script based on the first three novels. Set in New York, they follow Clary's quest to find her missing mother, battle aforementioned demonic hordes and generally stay alive, all while making eyes at hunky teen shadowhunter Jace Wayland. We're thinking 'Twi-hard with a Vengeance' with a touch of the Spiderwick Chronicles.

It's heady stuff, made headier still by the involvement of Unique Features big guns Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne. Lest we forget, this was the pairing that set up the stratospherically successful New Line Cinema, while Shaye is the man who took a punt on Peter Jackson's Lord Of The Rings pitch when the rest of Hollywood was cold on it. It's safe to say he has an eye for a mega-franchise.


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serious?
the only similarities are the downworlders.. twilight is romantic crap compared to this.. i'm excited, if they cast well and do it correctly, and rate it R-18 so as to not create the likes of the twihards.. More

Posted by bentgaga at 02:07 on 02 November 2009 | Report This Post

Please no more vampires, werewolves or boy wizzards!
Sigh!!! If they are going to bring in another book franchise they need to come up with something totally different! - Something not involving the following: Vampires, werewolves or boy wizards! My suggestions: - The Jimmy Coates series by Joe Craig: About an genetically created assasin by a Neo-democratic ( fancy name for fascist) Brittish gov. Jimmy is human, but programed in his genes to become the ultimate killing machine. The thing is (as usual to make things interesting) he decides he do More

Posted by Tayla Mayde at 11:42 on 01 November 2009 | Report This Post

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it sounds like just another vampire/werewolf movie with nothing new to offer More

Posted by jamiezechner at 15:03 on 31 October 2009 | Report This Post

The first 3 books are all out here in the UK, they're published by Walker. Book 4 isn't released anywhere yet. More

Posted by prophecygirl at 19:37 on 30 October 2009 | Report This Post

"Twi-hard with a vengeance"... love it... More

Posted by dctuck at 14:42 on 30 October 2009 | Report This Post

action-poacked and a bit less po-faced (dare i say camp) than the twilight books. very enjoyable nonsense, i hope the film does the books justice. there is a possible incest plot in there too, right enough...... More

Posted by Knight of Fury at 11:14 on 30 October 2009 | Report This Post

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