The Mortal Instruments, the adaptation of the Young Adult novel that was suppose to carry the momentum started by the likes of Twilight and The Hunger Games, was a fairly painful failure at the box office and amongst fans of the book. Some of the most common complaints were about the cuts from book to screen, and the sheer lack of information that made the film a convoluted mess to many.
Even some viewers who had seen the film, but not read the book, still had mixed feelings with heavy dose of “What just happened?” However, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones film has a six out of 10 rating on IMDb, and the producers of film had intended on building it into another teen fiction film franchise.
The film languished in limbo, as the complaints rose and the box office fell. Constantin, the company that financed the feature, was not prepared to admit defeat, and promised more from The Mortal Instruments. As The Inquisitr reported last September, first the the sequel The Mortal Instruments: City Of Ashes was delayed, much to chagrin of fans and Constantin. Then, before they thought of canceling the films, things began to look up last October, when they announced that production would resume in 2014.
However, Constantin just announced they will still be continuing The Mortal Instruments, but not quite as previously thought. According to Coming Soon, it was announced Sunday that The Mortal Instruments will be rebooted as a dramatic TV series. A new director has been hired, and filming is said to be starting next year.
This is the third changeover in production scheduling, but Constantin TV and Film head Martin Moszkowicz feels this is a better direction, and echoes fans complaints about the City of Bones film.
“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.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, this is part of a broader strategy for the Germany based company Constantin.
“Constantin is looking at possible television adaptations of several of its English-language movie properties, including period serial killer drama ‘Perfume: The Story of a Murderer’ and the ‘Resident Evil’ sci-fi horror franchise.”
Other complaints lodged against the failed movie release were that some of the main characters were grossly miscast. However, none of the reports have given any indication as to whether new actors will be cast, or who the new cast could even be. Either way, this might just be the answer Mortal Instruments fans were looking for.
What are your thoughts? Is this a good move, or were you happy with the City of Bones film? Who might you cast in the new TV series? Leave your comments below.
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