And to help get across that epic feeling, the first trailer for the film lays John Murphy's "Sunshine" theme liberally over top, while once again a young woman (Lily Collins) holds the key to destiny/survival/whatever for some extravagantly wardrobed and tattooed dudes, with swords, flames and fighting galore. Unlike "Beautiful Creatures," this one is coming out of the gate promising more action with less emphasis on mood. But unless you're already invested in these stories, it's a hard sell, and this looks -- at least to us -- just like any other YA clone coming down the path, and that includes next month's "The Host."
But maybe this one will succeed where "Beautiful Creatures" didn't. Find out when 'Mortal Instruments' arrives on August 23rd.