This is unfortunate news to all of The Mortal Instruments fans. It was announced on September 10th that Constantin Film has delayed The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes. Someone aware with the project alerted The Wrap that production, which was noted to start next week, has been abandoned indefinitely. A statement from Constantin did not say when production will continue.
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, which was based off the very successful fantasy book series by Cassandra Clare, made about $58 million worldwide on a recorded production allowance of $60 million, without taking publications and promotions into account. “Constantin Film has long tradition a of adapting books to the big screen. Delaying the start of production to City of Ashes was a compromise we did not take lightly. But after speaking with all of our partners on the creative and distribution side, it was clear that it will be beneficial to have more time to reposition the film in the current market place,” explained executive producer Martin Moszkowicz of Constantin.
“The Mortal Instruments’ series has an incredibly loyal and ardent fan base and a bestselling book series. While taking Cassandra Clare’s vision to the screen, we want to make sure to draw on full potential to the franchise,” continued Moszkowicz. Harald Zwart is returning to direct the film, which was set to start production next week. The original cast members Lily Collins (Clary Fray), Jamie Campbell Bower (Jace Wayland), Kevin Zegers (Alec Lightwood), Jemima West (Isabelle Lightwood) and Robert Sheenan (Simon Lewis) are all set to return with Sigourney Weaver joining the cast to portray the Insquistor.
Stay tuned to PopWrapped to hear more about The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes.