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'Mortal Instruments' sequel moving forward

Fans of Cassandra Clare’s fantasy book series may get another big-screen adventure.

The Mortal Instruments sequel, The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes, is moving forward, EW has confirmed; The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news. Originally, the sequel was set to begin filming this past September, but after a disappointing return on the first film, those plans were delayed — and reportedly scrapped, although a rep for Constantin Film tells EW that was never the case.

The first installment of the YA franchise, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, starring Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower, received poor reviews and underperformed at the box office when it opened in August, grossing about $31 million against a $60 million budget.

“We are analyzing what we did wrong with the first film — particularly with the positioning and marketing — and what changes we have to make,” Martin Moszkowicz, Constantin Film’s head of film and TV, told The Reporter. “We are working with a great group of people to reposition the franchise [for City of Ashes].”

The film hopes to resume production some time next year. Originally, Sigourney Weaver had been attached to join the franchise’s second installment as head of the Shadow Hunters.

Production postponed on 'The Mortal Instruments' sequel

Principal photography on The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes has been postponed indefinitely, Constantin Film announced Tuesday.

The adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s extremely successful YA series was set to begin production next week, but the first installment, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, has been a solid box office disappointment since it opened on August 21. It has taken in less than $30 million domestically, on a production budget of $60 million.


'Mortal Instruments: City of Bones' release date moved up

Fans of Clary, Jace and Simon will get to see their Y.A. faves on the big screen 48 hours earlier than expected.

The release date for The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones has been moved up two days, from Friday, August 23 to Wednesday the 21st, EW has confirmed.

The book adaptation, based on the first novel in the popular Y.A. series The Mortal Instruments, stars Lily Collins as heroine Clary Fray, a normal-seeming teen who discovers that she’s part of a secret supernatural world that’s playing out in modern-day N.Y.C. Watch the trailer below: READ FULL STORY

'Mortal Instruments: City of Bones' trailer: Now with more scary demons -- VIDEO

Shadowhunters, your new Mortal Instruments: City of Bones trailer is here! And if you thought the first trailer looked epic, then you’re in for a treat.

Sony’s film, which is adapted from the first book in a a planned series of six novels by Cassandra Clare (five are currently available), stars Lily Collins as Clary, a teenager who discovers that she is descended from a magical line of a Shadowhunters, half-angels with the power to kill demons. YA adaptations have been bombing left and right on the big screen lately (cough, cough, Beautiful Creatures), but so far, so good, City of Bones.

In the new trailer, we get plenty of the golden-haired badass Jace (Jamie Campbell Bower), but we also have our first look at Game of Thrones‘ Lena Headey as Clary’s mother, as well as a bevy of impressive-looking demons. Watch it below: READ FULL STORY

'The Mortal Instruments': Lily Collins talks bringing Clary Fray to the screen

Fans of The Mortal Instruments book series can rest easy: Lily Collins, who’ll bring Clary Fray to life on screen, is just as obsessed with Cassandra Clare’s books as you are. (“Join the club!” she says with a laugh.) Collins, who was cast as Fray over two years ago, has been a fan of Clare’s work for quite some time. Now the story, which centers around a young girl who discovers a brand-new (to her) supernatural world, is finally coming to the big screen this summer, with a cast that includes Jared Harris and Jonathan Rhys Meyers.

“The special effects and the CGI are going to be incredible, but it’s not a film based on that,” Collins says. “It just adds to the other elements of the film. We’ve kept the humor [from the book], and we’ve really made it about human emotion and character. I’m just excited to see the action and giggle and swoon over the romance. I hope that everyone loves it as much as I loved making it. I would love to play Clary over and over again.”

Collins talked to EW about what she likes about Clary, her thoughts when she saw the Institute set for the first time, and her reactions to Jamie Campbell Bower (Twilight) as “cocky” bad boy Jace. READ FULL STORY

WonderCon 2013: Highlights from 'Mortal Instruments', 'This is the End,' and 'Evil Dead'

Sony Pictures rolled out a preview of some of their most anticipated spring and summer films Saturday at WonderCon: the film adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series, the Sam Raimi produced Evil Dead update, and the apocalyptic buddy comedy This is the End. Moderated by EW’s own Dalton Ross, the clips were bloody, the panels lively, and the audience invested.

Check out some of the highlights from each of the films below. Just a quick warning, though: There are a few spoilers for Evil Dead and This is the End.


'The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones' trailer is here -- VIDEO

It’s time to trade in your vampires for demons. Where one book-to-movie phenomenon ends, another begins.

The Mortal Instruments series, by Cassandra Clare, is a popular young adult book franchise centering around half-angel Clary Fray. We now have our first peek at the film version, starring Lily Collins as Fray. In the trailer, we get a glance at the trusty band of Shadowhunters (half-angels who have the power to kill demons), as well as a proper introduction to Jace (Twilight and Harry Potter alum Jamie Campbell Bower) and a glimpse of The Institute.

Previously, Clare told EW that the casting she was most excited about was Jared Harris, who will portray Hodge, and Robert Sheehan for Simon.

Fans and new recruits alike, check out the first trailer below:


Lily Collins set to star in 'The Mortal Instruments'

Looks like Lily Collins will continue her forays into fantasy film: The Mirror Mirror actress will star in the highly-anticipated big-screen adaptation of The Mortal Instruments, based on Cassandra Clare’s best-selling YA series. Collins will play Clary Fray, a New York teenager who joins forces with the demon-fighting Shadowhunters. Also tapped for the film is Norwegian director Harald Zwart, whose past credits include the 2010 remake of The Karate Kid and The Pink Panther 2.

“Lily Collins is the perfect Clary,” said producer Robert Kulzer in a statement. “Harald Zwart really understands the visuals and heart of The Mortal Instruments. That was crucial to us. Of course, having Cassandra Clare’s support throughout and collaborating with her on this project has been especially rewarding.” READ FULL STORY

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