Shadowhunters, the TV series based on Cassandra Clare’s YA fantasy book series The Mortal Instruments, has found a U.S. home: ABC Family has acquired rights to the series, a spinoff of the 2013 feature film The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones. The project officially was announced at Mipcom last fall, when the film’s producer Constantin Film revealed the TV plans and tapped veteran writer/executive producer Ed Decter as showrunner.
With a U.S. outlet locked, Shadowhunters will go into production in May in Toronto. Based on Clare’s bestsellers, 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. No cast has been set.
“Shadowhunters is a big epic saga that will resonate with viewers who come to ABC Family for the Harry Potter, Hunger Games, and Twilight franchises,” said Ascheim. “A New York Times bestseller for 122 consecutive weeks, with over 35 million copies in print worldwide, Shadowhunters is the perfect story to share with our audience.”
Screen Gems released the City Of Bones movie with franchise intentions in August 2013. But despite the books’ devoted following the pic made just $31.2M domestically and about $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,” and now the series looks like it will get first position with its May shooting date.