‘The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes’ Will Restart Production Next Year

Constantin Film halted the sequel last month. The studio is now moving forward due to positive fan response from ‘City of Bones’.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes restarts production in 2014
The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes restarts production in 2014
Last month, we reported that Constantin Film has halted production on The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones sequel The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes, after the first film's disappointing results at the box office. Today, we have word that the studio is moving forward on the follow-up, with production to resume in 2014.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones earned just over $31 million in its domestic run, taking in $49 million internationally for an $80 million worldwide total. While the movie was budgeted at just $60 million, the studio pumped an estimated $60 million into marketing the fantasy adaptation. The film starred Lily Collins as Clary Fray, who learns she comes from a long line of Shadowhunters, tasked with killing demons and other supernatural creatures.

Nevertheless, Constantin's Martin Moszkowicz revealed that the overwhelmingly positive fan response is what made them move forward with the young adult adaptation.

"The fan response, from the blogosphere and the thousands of mails we have received, has encouraged us to keep going. It's been overwhelmingly positive, in contrast to some other YA titles."

He added that the studio is analyzing problems with the original, while admitting that they left out the franchise's older readers in their marketing, which primarily catered to teenagers.

"We are analyzing what we did wrong with the first film -- particularly with the positioning and marketing -- and what changes we have to make. We are working with a great group of people to reposition the franchise [for City of Ashes]. The readers of Mortal Instruments are older than you might think. That may have been one issue in our marketing, that we focused too much on a very young audience segment."

We also reported in July that the franchise is getting an extra dose of star power, with Sigourney Weaver signing on to play the leader of the Shadowhunters, who seeks revenge for the murder of her son. Harald Zwart is returning to direct from a screenplay by Jessica Postigo, based on Cassandra Clare's second novel in her fantasy series. Stars Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower and Aidan Turner are expected to reprise their roles in the follow-up.

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

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  1. Ratcheal

    OMG!!! I can not wait until this comes out. I read all the books and they need to make all the movies for them. This is amazing!:)

    5 months agoby @ratchealFlag

  2. Cowgirl918

    The movie was not as bad as everyone makes out to be. And just like the people that didn't twilight said that it wasn't a good movie and why would people compare The city of bones to twilight anyway it is nothing like twilight except they are both love stories? I love the Mortal Instrument books they are great just because not every scene in the book is in the movie means it has to be bad. I agree they should have added more to the movie, and who doesn't have their mistakes? No one is perfect at their first try.

    1 year agoby @cowgirl918Flag

  3. Jaime Krouchick

    Good .. Im glad they're continuing to go through with it. Yeah know, I get that every one has a right to their opinion, but what I don't get is why every one expects everything to be perfect. I love the books, in fact I can not wait for the next one to come out, but I also enjoyed the movie. It's a MOVIE not a BOOK. Not one book to movie adaptation have ever seen went word for word and scene for scene as their book counterpart. All this negativity and for what? So that those of us who are capable of separating the two and enjoy them both, have to suffer. Tired of the crap!! I loved the movie and will continue to love it...

    1 year agoby @Jaime-KrouchickFlag

  4. undeadslayer4

    @OhhmeohhMy how so worse than twilight

    1 year agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  5. undeadslayer4

    @instead8909 i didnt watch the movie so i cant say my opinion

    1 year agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  6. WongFu

    if the first flopped then why are they continuing?
    I do enjoy the books, not every book should be made into films.

    1 year agoby @instead8909Flag

  7. justinishulk

    oh no.....

    1 year agoby @justinishulkFlag

  8. OhhmeohhMy

    this was awful!! I don't care.

    1 year agoby @OhhmeohhMyFlag

  9. Brizzy


    1 year agoby @BrizzyFlag

  10. CelluloidDreams

    Yawn! Meh!

    1 year agoby @2movieguysFlag

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