Constantin Film Pushes Back 'Mortal Instruments' Sequel Production

September 11, 2013
Source: THR

Mortal Instruments

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?

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Oh no

Jon Odishaw on Sep 11, 2013


I just felt the first one was forced. I enjoyed Lily Collins in Mirror, Mirror, but the whole film seemed like something was cut out.

Michael McRorey on Sep 11, 2013


No way a sequel happens. It was panned by critics and probably won't even make $50 million worldwide.

Rick on Sep 11, 2013


I'm not suggesting it's done well but can we at least get the figures correct. The worldwide cume is currently $66.35 million. $28.2 million domestic and $38.1 million international (including $5.3m Russia; $3.9m UK; $3.4m Germany; $3.2m Mexico; $3.1m Australia; $2.8m Brazil) with Korea and France amongst the markets yet to open.

Seth Imis on Sep 12, 2013


I never heard of the books or the movie, went with a friend and loved it! Watched it 4 times and because of the movie read the book. I never heard of Jamie before but I thought he was perfect as Jace and is tremendously talented. His chemistry with Lily is hot, I love them as a couple. I don't know why box office was so disappointing but could it have to do with unnoticeable promotion despite the dollars spent? I really hope they analyse and go ahead and make the next movie.

Polly Poy on Sep 14, 2013


I'm totally disappointed. Minus the one uber corny love scene in the greenhouse, it was a pretty good movie and matched the book well.

Lauren Helms on Sep 16, 2013


Reading these comments I'm surprised that people care. Never read the books but the trailers looked horrendous and cheesy. Something I'd find on the Space network or YTV.

fidgefodge on Sep 17, 2013

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