Mortal Instruments moves to TV as Shadowhunters - directed by McG

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Mortal Instruments moves to TV as Shadowhunters - directed by McG

For what it's worth, I kind of liked The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones when it hit cinemas back in 2013. It was a darn sight more enjoyable than anything Twilight ever conjured up, with some fun action scenes, decent humour and an engaging cast including Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower and Irish trio Robert Sheehan, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Aidan Turner. But despite lots of pre-release hype and a loyal fanbase from Cassandra Clare's book, the film only earned $90 million on a $60 million.

That's pretty much a failure folks, putting paid to early plans for a sequel based on Clare's City of Ashes. But all is not lost, with the property set to transition from the big to the small screen, picking up the new title of Shadowhunters along the way.

That title refers to the role of the main characters in the book, who are tasked with destroying demons and keeping the balance between the overworld and what lies beneath. The TV series will kick off with the same story as the book and film which came before - namely a human teenager called Clary Fray sees a magical being attack someone before her entire world is turned upside down as she finds out she is part of a long line of Shadowhunters and is forced to take her place in the never-ending war against darkness.

A move to TV doesn't seem like a terrible idea for the franchise - Clare's books are packed with detail and characters who were mostly excised from the film so it would give them a chance to expand and even grow the world more. TV has become a more valid outlet for quality productions in recent years and the cheaper cost of major special effects could see the supernatural elements translate quite well.

It's good news for fans of The Mortal Instruments then, even if they'll have to sit through yet another origin story for their heroine. There's no word yet on the cast - presumably no one from the film version will carry across - but the show will be written and produced by Ed Decter (The Client List, Helix) and the pilot will be directed by none other than McG (This Means War, Terminator Salvation).

Look for more information on the Shadowhunters TV show later in 2015.



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