‘The Mortal Instruments’ Returning as TV Series

By Rochelle Paula Carino | 2 years ago
‘The Mortal Instruments’ Returning as TV Series

Not every flopped film adaptation gets a second chance in the form of a TV series, but luckily for “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones,” Constantin Films is in the talks of turning the failure-of-a-movie into a TV series. Read on to know more about the details of this scoop.

Just because it is rated as a “best seller” in its book-selling value, it doesn’t necessarily guarantee that when it gets adapted into a film, the movie will turn into an instant box office hit. Although it may have been true for Warner Bros.’ “Harry Potter” series, Summit Entertainment’s “Twilight Saga,” Lionsgate’s “The Hunger Games”  and the latest best-selling-novel-turned-movie, “The Maze Runner,” another best-selling book series failed to make its way into the big screen. “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” barely met a positive gross with its $90 million international earnings, being that the film had the production budget of $60 million. After a series of contemplation coming from Constantin Films, they’ve finally put a halt in furthering the developments for another movie sequel and decided to turn the film into a TV series instead, as it was announced during the Mipcom TV Market in Cannes last Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014.


Variety reports that one of German’s leading production houses, Constantin Film, is extending their creative business to the television as they are adapting “Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” and “Resident Evil” as TV serials, with the former being geared for production next year.

For additional information, according to Cinema Blend, the production has brought in TV veteran Ed Decter for the TV adaptation of the supernatural book series. Apart from the TV series that is centered on similar contexts and bore the same title with the genre, “The Mortal Instruments” is likely to fit into the TV scene if it’s presented with proper compelling elements. Judging from his previous experiences in the development of “In Plain Sight” to “Unforgettable,” it’s safe to say that esteemed playwright, Decter, has accumulated enough television projects to bring in some lucrative expectations from the creators.

Meanwhile, fans of the best-selling book series can actually expect a more in-depth kind of take on the creative piece by Cassandra Clare. Constantin film and TV head Martin Moskowicz shared his sentiments on this new development.

“It actually makes sense to do (the novels) as a TV series. 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,” said Moskowicz on The Hollywood Reporter.

In the same way that the project is still not clarified whether it takes after the film or becomes a new medium as a whole, it also still doesn’t have any broadcasting partners just yet. Looks like we all just have to wait and see as their plans unfold chronologically.

That ends our scoop on “The Mortal Instruments” returning as TV series. Keep  tabs on Movie News Guide (MNG) for more updates in the entertainment world.

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