Constantin Film Pushes Back 'Mortal Instruments' Sequel Production
Just last month, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones hit theaters without much pomp and circumstance. The fantasy film adapted from Cassandra Clare's best-selling novel of the same name was released by Sony on August 21st, and the sequel, City of Ashes, has been gearing up for production. However, the first film cost $60 million to make, and the film has only made just over $37 million worldwide (though some outlets are throwing around $70 million for some reason). That's not successful enough to warrant a fast-tracked sequel, and Constantin Films has decided to push back the production.
THR says the sequel, which has Harald Zwart returning to direct, already had Sigourney Weaver attached to join the cast of the first film which starred Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Jared Harris and more, but Constantin Film says they need time to "analyze the results to date and reposition the franchise in order to maximize results for future installments." That likely means a smaller budget, and a release date that won't have much competition. However, there's a chance the sequel might not even get made at all. Perhaps it could even go straight to DVD. We'll see how this plays out. Anyone disappointed?