The Mortal Instruments has received a new shot at life thanks to a new television series on ABC Family.
The network announced on Monday that a Mortal Instruments spinoff titled Shadowhunters has been ordered to series. Filming will begin this May in Toronto, according to a press release.
ABC Family executive producer Karey Burke said in a press release that The Mortal Instruments TV series can last for several seasons thanks to the number of books penned by author Cassandra Clare. “Clary is a strong, dynamic and captivating character that our audience will immediately identify with. They will want her to succeed and will root for her on her journey to become who she was always meant to be. The series has a passionate fan base and an expansive universe that can sustain multiple seasons to come,” Burke said.
Added Clare, “I’m excited to see ABC Family bring the world of the Shadowhunters to life. As a huge fan of long-form television drama, I can’t wait to see the story unfold and for the fans to have more time with the world and the characters.”
The cast and a premiere date for Shadowhunters has yet to be announced, but it’s highly likely the television show will not star film leads Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell-Bower.
Judging by the press release’s description, it looks like Shadowhunters will reboot the story depicted in the 2013 Mortal Instruments film.
The synopsis for the show reads, “[Shadowhunters] follows 18-year-old Clary Fray, who finds out on her birthday that she is not who she thinks she is but rather comes from a long line of Shadowhunters – human-angel hybrids who hunt down demons. When her mother Jocelyn is kidnapped, Clary is thrown into the world of demon hunting with mysterious Shadowhunter Jace and her best friend, Simon. Now living among faeries, warlocks, vampires and werewolves, Clary begins a journey of self-discovery as she learns more about her past and what her future may hold.”
Will you tune into ‘Shadowhunters’ when it premieres on ABC Family?
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones bombed at the box office thanks in part to bad reviews, making a total of $90 million worldwide. While that amount of money wasn’t enough to launch of series of films, it’s clear that there is an interest in the story, and a home like ABC Family seems to make much more sense.