“The Mortal Instruments” is coming to the small screen, Constantin Film confirmed Monday.
The new TV series, based on the bestselling young adult urban fantasy novels by Cassandra Clare, will be helmed by Ed Decter, a screenwriter and producer whose credits include “There’s Something About Mary,” “Unforgettable,” “The Client List” and “In Plain Sight.”
“We are thrilled to give this epic tale of good versus evil a brand new dimension,” Constantin Film Chairman Martin Moszkowicz said in a press statement, thanking fans of the franchise for their patience.
The one-hour drama will reboot the saga after last year’s feature film “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” opened to lackluster reviews and disappointing box-office numbers. The film has earned $31 million domestically. A planned sequel, “The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes,” was shelved last year, and it’s unclear whether “City of Bones” stars Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower will reprise their roles in the spinoff series.
“The Mortal Instruments” follows heroine Clary Fray as she becomes entangled in the world of Shadowhunters — angelic demon-hunters — after her mother is attacked and taken by a demon. In order to save her mother, she must team up with a band of Shadowhunters, including the captivating Jace Wayland, uncover family secrets, and tap into powers she never knew she had. The sixth and presumably final book in Clare’s series, “City of Heavenly Fire,” was published earlier this year.
Constantin plans to produce the series in 2015.