Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Future Of Film
The 100 Greatest Video Games
Robin Williams: The Big Interview
Kevin Feige:
My Movie Life

The Marvel supremo's pick of the flicks
Subscribe: Get 6 Issues For £15
Get Empire magazine today and save money!
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
YESTERDAY
Tom Hiddleston's Off To Skull Island
Jordan Vogt-Roberts to direct the King Kong origin tale
Chris Hemsworth Says I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive
Producing and starring in a film about Hank Williams' doctor
Jack Huston Is The New Ben-Hur
He'll join Morgan Freeman in the latest version of the epic
James D'Arcy Recruited for Agent Carter
He'll be Edwin Jarvis, Howard Stark's butler
Into The Woods Poster Stalks Online
Be careful what you wish for
Ben Kingsley Joins Brooklyn Bridge
Brie Larson is also on for new Daniel Radcliffe drama
Ciaran Hinds Will Bleed For This
He's joining Miles Teller in a boxing biopic
Margaret Qualley Finds The Nice Guys
Leftovers actress joins Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe
Cara Delevingne Moves To Paper Towns
She'll star opposite Nat Wolff in the latest John Green adaptation
Gillian Jacobs Is Set For TV Show Love
Judd Apatow and Lesley Arfin create a Netflix comedy
Empire's Epic Interstellar Subscribers' Cover
The countdown begins to Christopher Nolan's sci-fi spectacular
Lee Child Talks The Next Reacher Movie
Exclusive - And he reveals the title of Reacher 20!
See The World Exclusive New Interstellar Poster
We unveil the US one-sheet for Christopher Nolan's latest
Matt Damon And Paul Greengrass Reportedly Back For More Bourne
Call it The Bourne Reunion, perhaps.
More Movie News

The Mortal Instruments Come To Life
Vampire! Werewolves! OMG!


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

submit to reddit

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.


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

Exclusive: Men Who Stare At Goats Clip
George Clooney is totally psychic!
Todd Field Accepts The Creed Of Violence
Update: He's got the funds to make it

Your Comments

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

RE:
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

SPECIAL FEATURE
The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time EMPIRE READERS' POLL: THE 301 GREATEST MOVIES OF ALL TIME
You turned out in your hundreds and thousands, and here are the results... Browse the full list


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
The Future Of Film: There Will Be Another Indie Golden Age
Independent producers are growing from micro-budgets to something a lot bigger

Empire's Epic Interstellar Subscribers' Cover
The countdown begins to Christopher Nolan's sci-fi masterpiece

The Future Of Film: Your Favourite Movie WIll Be Crowdfunded
Click here to donate

The Empire Podcast #128: Interviews With Sir Roger Moore And George MacKay
Plus we say goodbye to Richard Kiel and the British Expendables are assembled...

Shut Up, World! Gary Busey Is Talking!
Strap yourselves in and meet a true Hollywood original.

Classic Feature: Gods Among Us - Paul Newman
A cat so cool he makes Steve McQueen look geeky.

The Boxtrolls Interviews: The Cast And Crew On Laika's Latest
Sir Ben Kingsley, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Elle Fanning and more talk stop-motion

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 6 Issues Of Empire For Only £15!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 6 issues of Empire for just £15!
Get the world's greatest movie magazine delivered straight to your door! Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)