Mortal Instruments sequel postponed indefinitely

Constantin Films has revealed in a statement that they have indefinitely postponed principal photography on The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes. The first film, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, received poor reception at the box office when it released last month, recouping less than $40 million of its $60 million budget. In a press release, producer Martin Moszkowicz said, “Constantin Film has a long tradition of adapting books to the big screen. Pushing back the start of production of City of Ashes was a decision we did not take lightly,” and that “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 market place.” Director Harold Zwart and the main cast of the first film have already signed on for a sequel, including Lily Collins (pictured above in a character poster from the first movie), Jamie Campbell BowerKevin Zegers, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers and Robert Sheehan. Sigourney Weaver had also joined as The Inquisitor, the leader of the Shadowhunters. The sequel was green-lit before the premiere of the first film and was set to start shooting September 23rd in Toronto. ~Raj-Kabir Birk

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  1. cc • September 12, 2013 @ 10:35 AM

    I did not see it because it looked cheap.

  2. Janet • September 12, 2013 @ 1:01 PM

    They were sure (wrongly) it would make money, because they already had the stars training for the second one. Just because Twilight and Hunger Games were hits, it doesn’t mean all the rest of these wannabes are going to be successful. I’d bet money this one isn’t “postponed indefinitely” – it’s cancelled.

  3. Lejandarie1 • September 12, 2013 @ 1:37 PM

    This movie was awesome and so was Beautiful Creatures. I don’t think either one of these poorly critiqued movies had a chance. The actors were amazing and I believe they need to have the DVD/Bluray release first and publicize the crap out of it so people have a chance to view it. I don’t know how you people judge without watching a film. Maybe everybody got scared away because of how cheesy the Twilight series was. Good movies but cheesy and now everyone is scared to admit that they enjoy this fantasy genre idk. My opinion alone I guess but I love these type of movies that take a character that’s apparently at first view insignificant and have them revealed as someone of great importance like Harry Potter, Percy Jackson etc. Say what u want but watch them before you judge

  4. Vittoria • September 12, 2013 @ 1:45 PM

    I am extremely surprised at the poor turnout. My daughters and I have been waiting anxiously to see this movie and the only reason we haven’t gone is due to illness. The illustrated concept for this movie alone gave my family a desire to see a movie second only to the excitement we had in anticipation of the final Twilight movie for which we had to wait an entire year! As soon as we are able we will be attending the movie and regardless of the article’s negative tone, I cannot wait!!!

  5. Jasmine • September 12, 2013 @ 3:17 PM

    I didn’t see this one (Jamie Campbell-Bower as the romantic lead? Really?) but I saw Beautiful Creatures and they butchered it. It was miscast (the romantic male lead was goofy, not attractive) and the director/screenwriter chose to ignore the fact that the romantic couple could communicate telepathically. That was the coolest part of the book. The ending was also stupid, not like the book and didn’t make sense. I wasn’t surprised it bombed. Hopefully we can expect more from Divergent.

  6. Checkit • September 12, 2013 @ 5:16 PM

    Silly Tween movies. Not all of them will work. It’s getting old. Stop pumping them out every month.

  7. Moviegal • September 12, 2013 @ 5:18 PM

    I read and loved the entire book series, including the prequel novels in the Infernal Devices series. I have to say, they did both a good and bad job on this movie. Anyone who read the books can see how much of a chop job they did on it. Extend the movie another 30 minutes and extend some of the plot lines. Many things were changed and quickened or deleted to fit the time frame of the format.

    I brought my boyfriend who has not read the books, and he was lost half the time. Even he felt the movie was far too rushed and forced. I asked if he had trouble following along, and he said he did.

    That being said, the acting was well done, the cinamatography and effects were beautiful. It really had the potential to be a great movie series, if they stopped chopping so much of the story out of it to suit the time constraints.

    Honestly, see the movie before you voice an opinion on this. Jasmine, surprisingly JCB was great as Jace. I enjoyed a rather “unknown” or little known cast. He didn’t have a huge role in Twilight, and Lily Collins is not a household name yet either. Robert Sheehan was a hilarious choice, for anyone who has seen BBC’S misfits. Otherwise really, it’s a decent movie and a shame if they don’t make a sequel. I’m sure a lot of fans will be disappointed.

  8. SA • September 12, 2013 @ 6:08 PM

    I saw this with my two sisters (they are both great fans of the series) and I enjoyed very much, the entire cast is great, all of them are talented actors. To be honest its a breath of fresh air from the TWILIGHT and HUNGER GAMES franchise, who have bad actors and make it up with overly glossy effects…the books are great and the film did it justice and my sisters enjoyed it as well….I really hope that they continue with the City of Ashes because the first film is just a taste of whats to come (SPOILER: Sam becoming a VAMPIRE who can withstand sunlight) and so much more….Johnathan Rhys Meyers is an AMAZING VALENTINE AND JCB was amazing as Jace.

    The fact that they shot in Toronto with barely any green screen, and most of the actors doing their own stunts as well as already great actors is major.

    I really hope it continues, it would be awesome to see the whole series on the BIG SCREEN.

  9. John Rosier • September 12, 2013 @ 7:57 PM

    Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

    I am over 60 and I read a lot of books, these I enjoyed more than most.
    The movie was good entertainment but could have been a lot better if they took a risk with longer film time.
    Lord of the Rings movies were great! and I and a LOT of other people thought ended too soon at a paltry 3 hours.
    Despite what people think, not everything is about teens and their short attention span. Frankly I think the ëxperts”are starting to believe their own hype.

    I liked most of the actors but Jace and Valentine were too different to see any father son connection and Valentine lacked any Alpha character or sublety.

    Clary was wonderful! Please reconsider about not making the rest and of course you could put out the Director’s cut of City of Bones. I for one would buy it!

    Thanks
    John

  10. Sheldon W. • September 12, 2013 @ 10:45 PM

    Wow! No duh!

    While I had no problem with casting (they did the best they could with what they had), the film hit most of the important events in the book without giving us the connective tissue (like the way things work in that world) that the book gave us.

    If I hadn’t read the books (and loved them, BTW), I would have had even less of a clue than Clary – and a movie has to be intelligible to people who haven’t read the books or it’s doomed to failure. Just like this movie franchise…

  11. Ryan K. • September 13, 2013 @ 3:56 PM

    Good! now the’re gonna reboot the mortal instruments from scratch with a new cast and crew.

  12. MovieGoer • September 16, 2013 @ 8:17 PM

    I didn’t read the books, saw it with a friend who didn’t either, and we were both pretty lost. It wasn’t horrible per se, but certainly wasn’t good just on it’s own merits.

  13. Sammy • September 22, 2013 @ 10:07 PM

    Please make city of ashes. I loved the books. the first film The mortal instruments city of bones was amazing. can you please make all the other books into movies I love the actors and actresses I felt they did an amazing job.

  14. Mask • October 25, 2013 @ 12:36 PM

    The problem with the movie, while it was a great concept is that it didn’t flow smoothly. It did feel rushed (as others mention) there was very little time for character development. It’s sad because I like book adaptations, but I don’t know how involved the author was with the script (it would be one of my conditions for selling the rights if I wrote a hit novel) because some of the dialogue was insanely corny. And while JCB is a good actor he’s a little too rough to have much for romantic qualities….and an other potential problem could have been was while the budget was 60 million it did not look like it. Special effects were great but most of the other shots looked like they were done with a high quality home video recorder. I think they blew most of their money on elaborate, constantly changing sets, or salary? I don’t know, as it wasn’t a huge cast and the costumes didn’t look all that pricey either.

  15. Anonymous • December 13, 2015 @ 6:21 AM

    I really loved the books in the series. The first movie was actually really, good and I was looking forward to the sequel until I found out that they weren’t making one. 🙁

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