Franchises like "Twilight" and "The Hunger Games" have done a great job occupying the young adult category, both in soaring book sales and films. Sony was hoping to do the same with Cassandra Claire's book series "The Mortal Instruments" big-screen adaptation, but unfortunately the first film fell way below expectations.
With the film only taking in $14 million on its opening weekend and $34 million total worldwide, word has now hit that the second installment "The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes" has been delayed until further notice. The studio is allegedly trying to retool their strategy in order to maximize results and hopes for the franchise moving forward.
Harald Zwart, whose name alone deserves to helm such a production, had this to say about the second installment in August, when he was still attached to helm and it was moving forward, "[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."
On the delay, Martin Moszkowicz from Constantin Films, had this to say:
"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."
Perhaps it's too early to tell if the franchise will continue, but to its fans, I wouldn't hold your breath.
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