For those of us who have been patiently waiting for any news on the sequel to City of Bones, there’s a little bit of news today for you which can either be interpreted as good or bad. Harald Zwart, the director of the first Mortal Instruments movie based on Cassandra Clare's best-selling books, is no longer part of the sequel we have been pushing for.
As much as I loved Clare's novels, I did think that they'd be difficult to translate for the big-screen and The Karate Kid director Zwart obviously thinks so, too. Talking about The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes in a recent interview, he revealed:
The studio is still certain that they will make this movie, but it’s not me who directs it... I will focus on other projects in the future. Shadow Hunters was a great experience and it gave me a good window to show off.
I don't know about you guys, but I’m a little saddened by this. Due to the first movie falling short of box office expectations in a big, The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes had better get a new helmer in as soon as possible, before producers decided to cut their losses and cancel it altogether.
City of Ashes centers on fifteen year old Clary Fray (Lily Collins), who's in big trouble: her mother's in a coma, but even worse, her dad's intent on destroying the world. Despite herself, Clary becomes dragged even deeper into New York City's underworld of demons and Shadowhunters. Clary learns that she's the only person who can save the world - but she'll have to get the hang of her new-found powers first...
While The Mortal Instruments novels remains popular, the movie didn't seem to have reached as wide of an audience as other Young Adult movies like Harry Potter and Twilight. When Harry P first hit theaters, there were fewer YA fantasy movies about – now the market's saturated with the genre, so it's less of a novelty and The Mortal Instruments has far more competition.
If the franchise gets a great director on board, do you think City of Ashes can pull it back? Let me know what you think in the comment section below!
Can The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes pull it back?
The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes is estimated for a 2015 release.