'The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes' Gets Delayed After 'City of Bones' Bombs at the Box Office

Constantin Films announces that they will analyze the results of the franchise opener and reposition the sequel, with production already started.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes gets delayed in wake of City of Bones bombing at the box office
The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes gets delayed in wake of City of Bones bombing at the box office
After the news last night that Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, the fifth film in the franchise, was being delayed, possibly because The Lone Ranger tanked at the box office, we now have confirmation that another sequel is being put on hold for the same reason.

Constantin Films announced yesterday that The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes is suspending production until further notice so that the studio can analyze the results to date in terms of its franchise opener The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, and reposition the series in order to maximize future installments. The sequel was already in production, with newcomer Sigourney Weaver attached to star. Principal photography was to begin soon.

The franchise is based on Cassandra Clare's best selling young adult novel series, and was released by Sony this summer, taking in only $14 million over the course of its five day opening, arriving in theaters Wednesday, August 21. The film is held at a budget of $60 million and has only grossed $34 million worldwide to date.

Harald Zwart directed The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, which was panned by critics, some claiming it was nothing more than a "desperate Twilight wannabe", and that it was too corny to resonate with its teenage audience. Harald Zwart is set to return for the sequel. He had this to say in August.

"[I'm] very excited about the script for The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes. It's gonna be even more complex and scary than the first one."

Constantin Films' Martin Moszkowicz had this to say about the delay.

"Constantin Film has a long tradition of adapting books to the big screen. Pushing back the start of production of The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes was a decision 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 marketplace. The Mortal Instruments series has an incredibly loyal and ardent fan base and is a best-selling book series. While taking Cassandra Clare vision to the screen we want to make sure to draw on the full potential of the franchise."

The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes was to be released sometime in 2014. It is not known when production will begin again, or when principal photography will start. It's possible that the sequel will be delayed until sometime in 2015.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes was released in 2014 and stars Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Aidan Turner, Sigourney Weaver. The film is directed by Harald Zwart.

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  1. undeadslayer4

    @OhhmeohhMy ok i get ur point

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  2. OhhmeohhMy

    @undeadslayer4 I don't care. It's my option. Duhh.

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  3. Sean

    @undeadslayer4 Yes. Exactly.

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  4. undeadslayer4

    @themoviefanatic like the amazing spiderman, batman, hulk, carrie, man of steel

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  5. Sean

    @undeadslayer4 The Lone Ranger is one of those movies that is good, but happens to be misunderstood as being a good movie, when people are saying its bad simply because its got a "story that's already been told", or some kind of nonsense like that that's been said about other really good movies before. And by that I mean movie remakes.

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  6. undeadslayer4

    @OhhmeohhMy would u like to tell that in @themoviefanatic s face

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  7. undeadslayer4

    @OhhmeohhMy did u say the same thing when u watched the lone ranger

    1 year agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  8. OhhmeohhMy

    Well @undeadslayer4 go see it. And if you like it. That's your option. But when you see sh*t and smell it. Stay away lol. Joking lol.

    1 year agoby @OhhmeohhMyFlag

  9. undeadslayer4

    @OhhmeohhMy how was it that bad

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  10. undeadslayer4

    i havnt seen bones yet why are u telling me this

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  11. Tomp1210

    I'm actually going to see this, it's just there's a lot to see, and I've yet to see kick-ass 2 as well. The main character's name 'Clary' kinda put me off a little though, seems a bit ridiculous for demon-huntin' lol

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  12. Celestialforthcoming

    Never seemed interesting in the first place. Especially with the male character. He looks very stale from the trailers.

    1 year agoby @CelestialforthcomingFlag

  13. OhhmeohhMy

    This movie was so bad. It looked good. production value wise. but stale acting. and the lead male road looking like a messed up Kate Moss haha. but this movie sucked. Sorry Lilly Collins your still beautiful and talented.. but this movie was a big No No. lol

    1 year agoby @OhhmeohhMyFlag

  14. Ryan Kadlec

    They have to gave up the film rights and revert back to Cassandra Clare so they'll be a reboot and pretend that city of bones never happened.

    1 year agoby @Ryan-KadlecFlag

  15. Superman81

    Can movieweb do something about all these stupid ads that people keep posting?

    1 year agoby @superman81Flag

  16. Mr.K

    Serves them right for being greedy whor*s.

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  17. JonSpidey07

    this stinks
    I really want to see more of these movies

    then again it's not the 1st time something like this has happened
    cant argue with the bad box office numbers and the lackluster reviews

    oh well

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