So it was announced that The Mortal Instruments TV show will go straight to series on ABC Family!! I think this is wonderful news because hopefully ABC family can do this adaptation right! From the looks of it, they are starting it off well because we see a lot of involvement from Cassandra Clare in this process!
This is what The Hollywood Reporter said:
The Mortal Instruments business.
The youth-skewing cable network has handed out a straight-to-series order for Shadowhunters, a drama based on author Cassandra Clare's The Mortal Instruments book series, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Constantin Film will produce, and Ed Decter (Helix, Unforgettable, The Client List) is on board to serve as showrunner and executive producer. The drama is being eyed as a 13 episode drama with a premiere date not yet determined; casting is expected to be announced at a later date. Production will begin in May in Toronto.
The news comes months after Constantin announced that Clare's franchise will relaunch as a high-end drama series. Shadowhunters becomes the latest adaptation of the franchise.
“Shadowhunters is a big, epic saga that will resonate with viewers who come to ABC Family for the Harry Potter, Hunger Games and Twilight franchises,” ABC Family president Tom Ascheim said. “A New York Times best-seller for 122-consecutive weeks, with over 35 million copies in print worldwide, Shadowhunters is the perfect story to share with our audience."
For ABC Family, Shadowhunters comes as the Disney-owned cable network is plotting a rebranding to target older viewers and families alike. It joins a scripted drama roster that also includes Chasing Life, The Fosters, Pretty Little Liars as well as upcoming entries Stitchers and Recovery Road.
And here are a couple of tweets showing Cassandra Clare's involvement:
I met with the writers for the Shadowhunters show, and the network.
I have more meetings tomorrow and right now I can't say too much, but everything went well.
Soon I'll be able to tell you when they start filming, and when they will start airing.
I can say that the scripts etc that have been floating around are not real, there's no Natalie either. :)
The show is not yet cast. They are having auditions now.
I watched a few. :)
“@lindsayroday: " are you pleased with the people auditioning?” I don't know who will be picked, but there's some great people!
“@JessyyMandaa: " any word on if they will start the show on book one or after the movie?” It starts from the beginning.
“@powerofrunes: " do you think it will be transmitted worldwide?” I'll try to find out what countries.
I haven't read a final script. (I mean, as much as final scripts even exist.)
Oh, and there will definite be Magnus and Alec romance. That was a promise. :)
“@Pazaconqueso: " what about clary and simon's friendship?? Im so worried about that :(” It seems included.
“@JessyyMandaa: " any plans for TID to be included in the shadowhunters tv show? Or just TMI at this point?” I think that would be separate?
“@JaceMontgomer13: " The age stuff, is it true? Are the characters going to be older? xx” Yes.
“@JaceMontgomer13: " Can you tell us something you really would like to see in the series (and not be changed or cut out)?.” Jace's humor.
So, what are your opinions on these events? Personally, I'm very happy to see this happen. The movie did not give this series justice and the movie was just really bad. Hopefully ABC Family can do this series the justice it deserves!