After failing at the box office last year, the studio behind The Mortal Instruments has decided to turn Cassandra Clare’s story into a television series.
Constantin Film is planning to begin production on The Mortal Instruments television series next year. Ed Decter (producer of shows like Unforgettable, Helix, and In Plain Sight) has been named showrunner of the series.
“It actually makes sense to do (the novels) as a TV series,” Constantin’s Martin Moszkowicz said to THR, who broke the story. “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.”
Clare herself has commented on the news by addressing a question on Tumblr about whether the original cast will be involved.
“I have absolutely no idea! I am sure they are not casting at the moment and probably nobody knows,” she said to a fan. “There is absolutely nothing whatsoever I could possibly ever do to influence whether they kept the same cast (assuming they were available) at all, so I will be waiting, like you, to see if they cast new people, and hoping that if they do, those people will be good.”
She also has been answering questions on Twitter. For example:
TV shows are great for books that have a ton of backstory which TMI does. @fckherondaIe
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— Cassandra Clare (@cassieclare) October 13, 2014
Since The Mortal Instruments TV series is only in the early stages of development, no network has been attached to air the series. In America, we believe The CW would be the best home for the show when you consider its demographic and other dramatic offerings.
The second film in The Mortal Instruments film series was set to begin shooting days after the first movie opened in theaters, but box office returns were looking so low that shooting was halted.
Given the number of books Clare has penned over the years, a television series may be the franchise’s best bet. There will be plenty of room for all of her books to come to life on the smaller screen.