ByBlanton Leigh, writer at Creators.co
Blanton Leigh

Martin Moszkowicz (Executive at Constantin Films) teased some big news for The Mortal Instruments fans.

The Hollywood Reporter announced that Constantin Films is moving forward with The Mortal Instruments, not as feature films, but as a television series.

With such a lively fanbase, fans of Cassandra Clare’s books have been faithfully and patiently waiting for news about their beloved books coming to the big screen. Constantin’s plans for making The Mortal Instruments into a movie franchise were thwarted when the film bombed in the box office, only making $31 million. But with these YA super best-sellers, how could the studio just sit on the rights?

It’s been over a year since The Mortal Instruments premiered in the US on August 21, 2013. It’s thrilling to know that Martin Moskowicz and Constantin studio have been in the process of trying to bring this franchise back to life.

“It actually makes sense to do (the novels) as a TV series,” Constantin film and TV head Martin Moszkowicz told THR. “There was so much from the book that we had to leave out of the Mortal Instruments film. In the series we’ll be able to go deeper and explore this world in greater detail and depth.”

Now while there may be no news on what network the movie-turned-tv-show will appear on, we do have news on who will be the showrunner/creator for the show, Ed Dector. Dector has a few writer-producer credits with Helix, Unforgettable, In Plain Sight, and The Client List. Sci-Fi’s Helix would be the closest show to what The Mortal Instruments could be on-screen with it’s supernatural and paranormal influences. I’m hopeful to what Ed Dector will bring to the show with production starting as soon as next year.

What about the original cast? Will Jamie Campbell Bower, Lily Collins, Robert Sheehan, Jemima West, or Kevin Zegers return to the TV Show as their characters. This is most likely a NO. Even though we have The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones as a film, I expect… and would assume the smart decision of starting from scratch. A new cast, scrap the first movie, and start from the beginning of book one. Some of the original cast may want to participate, and some may not want anything to do with the project. It would be difficult for the audience who have seen the movie to forget and put aside the events from the film. A completely fresh cast would be the smartest move for the television show.

What network would we see the TV show on? In the Hollywood Reporter article, they stated that The Mortal Instruments will relaunch as a “High-End Drama Series.” This gives me hope for a premium cable channel such as HBO, Starz, or Showtime. Starz has had a massive hit with their adapted show from Diana Gabaldon’s best-selling series, Outlander. The 16 part episodic adventure has gripped fans of the books and new fans of the show. I would love to see The Mortal Instruments take after the highly rated, and fan driven shows on HBO or Starz, that would be my first choice.

I don’t know if the contents of each book could take up an entire season, so if a Primetime Network (ABC, NBC, CW, FOX) takes on the TV show, I’d be nervous for a 23 episode arc. 23 episodes per season gives the writers windows to be creative and add to the storyline. Fans of The Mortal Instruments want to see our movie/TV Show stay true to the book, that’s why it bombed in the first placed, the ending was so far from the source material. They only way I could see the TV show staying true to the books would be a half season on any network, 12-16 episodes per season. There is also the possibility of Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime picking up the show. I wouldn’t argue with that option. Or even MTV, Teen Wolf is a massive hit with 12-15 episodes per season, I’d love to see TMI molded after that entertaining show.

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