We hope you’re sitting down for this, Shadowhunters. Production on The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes has been shut down “indefinitely” according to The Wrap. City of Ashes was scheduled to start production last week — heck, back in May it was all ready to go — but now it seems the production company is back tracking.
Constantin Film, who is behind the production, released a statement that reads: “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. But 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.”
They added: “‘The Mortal Instruments’ series has an incredibly loyal and ardent fan base and is a bestselling book series. While taking Cassandra Clare’s vision to the screen, we want to make sure to draw on the full potential of the franchise.”
Now, it doesn’t exactly say it will never get made, but it doesn’t really give a lot of confidence that a sequel will happen, either.
However, The Wrap added, “While Constantin is committed to making the sequel, the company did not want to rush into production with an unfinished screenplay, preferring to take the time to get right.”
The film’s original director Harald Zwart was poised to return along with stars Lily Collins, Jamie Campell Bower, and Kevin Zegers. Also, it was announced back in July that Sigourney Weaver would be joining the cast as well.
While Teen was a HUGE fan of the film, critics didn’t necessarily have the best things to say, and it only earned about half of its budget at the box office.
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