News of Constantin Film’s desire to keep its Mortal Instruments franchise going first filtered out at Mipcom. Today comes official word that the company will spin off its 2013 feature film hit The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones into a TV series with writer/exec producer Ed Decter, whose TV credits include CBS’ recently re-cancelled Unforgettable, Lifetime’s The Client List and USA Network’s In Plain Sight.
“Ed Decter brings a tremendous track record to the table,” said Robert Kulzer, co-president of Constantin Film in LA and one of the original film’s producers. “As a showrunner we wanted someone who shares our passion and love for these characters and stories, and Ed has a remarkable ability to form narratives.”
Based on Cassandra Clare’s bestselling YA book series, the series will reboot the chronicle of the Shadowhunters led by Clary Fray and Jace Wayland in one-hour episodes beginning with the first book, City Of Bones, and expanding into later books as the series progresses.
Screen Gems released Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones with franchise intentions in August 2013. But despite the books’ devoted following the pic made just $31.2M domestically and around $90M globally. Constantin said it would go ahead with a second pic, City Of Ashes, which was set to being principal photography in September 2013, but that date was scrapped to “reposition the film in the current market place.”
Unique Features’ Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne will executive produce the series, as the did on the film.