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Sony Picks Up 'The Mortal Instruments' & Dates It For August 23, 2013 Release

by Ryan Gowland
April 4, 2012 8:38 AM
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With "The Hunger Games" killing everything in its sights at the box office, Sony has decided to get serious about its adaptation of "The Mortal Instruments," which has the potential to become a "Twilight"/"The Hunger Games"-esque franchise, but perhaps even bigger. Or, at least, longer. Like the other aforementioned franchises, "The Mortal Instruments" is based on a series of novels targeted at young adults, though, unlike those other franchises, author Cassandra Clare has six volumes planned compared to four for "Twilight" and three for "The Hunger Games." Like a Stephen King for the YA set, Clare has been cranking out a new "Mortal Instruments" volume once a year since 2007, and somehow found time to simultaneously write two books for the prequel trilogy series "The Infernal Devices." And, finally, Sony is set to make them into movies.

Given the wealth of material Clare has provided, it seemed strange that Sony and their genre arm Screen Gems decided to pass on "Mortal Instruments" in February, even if it was only for a fleeting moment. Screen Gems has proven with the "Underworld" and "Resident Evil" franchises that it knows how to milk a concept for multiple installments, and yet here was a stack of books just waiting to be turned into a film franchise. Constantin Film, who worked with Screen Gems on the "Resident Evil" movies, never gave up, and officially mended fences last week when they closed the deal to partner on the adaptation of "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones." With the film financed, the studio has already scheduled a release date of August 23, 2013 -- a weekend which currently has no other releases scheduled. That gives new director Harald Zwart a little over a year and four months to cast, prep, shoot and edit "The Mortal Instruments."

Zwart was hired to direct only a few weeks ago, replacing Scott Stewart, who left the project when Screen Gems got cold feet in February. It could be suggested that Screen Gems was looking for a way to get Stewart to walk, thereby avoiding the chance that he might take a potential franchise and make it anything like his previous directorial effort, "Priest Legend." Wait -- "Priest" and "Legend" were actually two different films. Memory does play tricks sometimes. Zwart, of course, is no less a gamble than Stewart, but after delivering Sony a surprise hit with his 2010 "The Karate Kid" remake, they'll take their chances.

Already set to lead the cast is Lily Collins, who, in our review, was one of the few bright spots of the recently-released "Mirror, Mirror." Collins will play teenager Clary Fray, who, in a "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"-esque twist, learns that she is actually a descendant of the Shadowhunters, a secret society of humans who are enhanced with angel blood so they can protect humanity from demons, vampires, werewolves and other creatures. The story may seem a bit familiar and derivative of other things, but, in fairness, the same could be said of "Twilight" and "The Hunger Games," who owe a debt of gratitude to "Romeo and Juliet" and "Battle Royale" respectively.

With only Collins set to appear thus far, expect casting notices for "The Mortal Instruments" to drop soon. Jamie Campbell Bower was set to play Clary's love interest and fellow Shadowhunter Jace, but is no longer attached. [Box Office Mojo/Deadline]

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  • tal | April 20, 2014 3:18 AMReply

    Jamie is a great actor , but not really what I pictured in my head as Jace ! Looking for City Of Ashes anyway :-)

  • Courtney | August 4, 2012 9:00 PMReply

    Ummm am I the only one who thinks that lily collins is a terrible choice for clary? Not at all what I pictured in my head. Plus she just annoys the heck out of me.

  • Shay | July 30, 2012 9:21 AMReply

    Oliver Jackson-Cohen as Alec!

  • Fuck all of you | July 11, 2012 6:05 PMReply

    All of you guys need to SHUT THE FUCK UP! God damn, Jamie is Jace, that has not been news for fucking weeks. Not Alex Pettyfer, but Jamie Campbell Bower, so get over it. And instead of complaining like a bunch of idiots, and insulting a guy you don't even know, how about trying to accept the casting news like some real fans. And if you can't manage to do that, then just don't watch the fucking movie, i'm sure CoB has plenty of fans that can get past the casting, and even come to love it. So fuck all of you.

  • Just saying | November 22, 2012 3:42 AM

    Alex Pettyfer**** Yeah. That's his name, I blanked.

  • Just saying | November 22, 2012 3:40 AM

    I'm just saying to you, as a fan of "The Mortal Instruments" series and a fan of watching "Camelot" that Jamie stars in... I don't think Jamie would fit the role. Being in Camelot makes him appeal less to the public and especially the young readers from like 10- to whatever what appeal to him. Having whoever that one guy I like from I am Number 4 and Alex Rider: Stormbreaker and Beastly. He would be a better actor because he appeals more to the age group. Yay, Jamie got the apart, but it seems more like he is going to ruin the movie and that just pierced my heart when I saw it wasn't going to be the other guy.

  • Shanziie | July 11, 2012 5:01 AMReply

    Oliver Jackson-Cohen!! SEE THIS LINK!!

  • william miles | July 10, 2012 8:40 PMReply

    wtf Jamie as Jace this movie is going to suck if he is playing it...Get alex or some cute tall blonde off the street damn!

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  • Lisa | July 5, 2012 11:23 PMReply

    I recently looked at cast please jesus change Jamie Bower from being Jace
    Jace is suppose to look like an Angel
    Jamie Bower doesnt come close

  • william miles | July 10, 2012 8:46 PM

    I agree 100% and am a straight married man but Jamie cannot pull off jace lightwood! Damn this is so messed up! He looks nothing like him, NOTHING!!!! please find someone else please! DIRECTOR plz don't cast Jamie! i dought he will see this but it is so upseting to me and everone else who has read tmi.

  • shanzi | July 4, 2012 2:15 AMReply

    Oliver Jackson-Cohen would be great as Jace. He is amazing actor. He is hot and gorgeous too. Try to search him everywhere. :)

  • K | July 1, 2012 10:23 PMReply

    Alex Pettyfer makes me want to vomit, please his acting is terrible, anyone but him.

  • william | July 10, 2012 8:48 PM

    WHAT? He would do a better job than Jamie Bower that dude is ugly as hell and jace is not?

  • rhianne | June 23, 2012 9:38 AMReply

    Oliver Jackson-Cohen as Jace. He would be a perfect fit for it. No doubt; He is gorgeous and a good actor. See pictures on Facebook and Google. :) He is also doing the yoga scene on Youtube. So hot and awesome.

  • Kate | June 18, 2012 4:40 PMReply

    OH MY GOD!!!!!! I just finished the 5th book and it leaves you on a HUGE cliff hanger!! The next book doesn't come out until TWO FREAKING YEARS! That's too long... :(

  • Robby | June 16, 2012 5:13 PMReply

    Alex Pettyfer is not Jace. Shut the fuck up.

  • william | July 10, 2012 8:49 PM

    NO! I would much rather see him playing jace or anyone for that matter to play Jace. Alex would be great!

  • Miranda | June 16, 2012 4:48 PMReply

    Alex Pettyfer should definitely play Jace because Alex Pettyfer is freaking adorable and awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Nica | June 15, 2012 11:07 AMReply

    In the name of angel Raziel, please recast.. Jamie is not for the role of Jace...

  • William | July 10, 2012 8:50 PM

    I agree!!! Jace is a beautiful shadow hunter, the most attractive at that. Jamie cannot play Jace or this movie will FLOP!

  • mika | July 8, 2012 3:22 PM

    i agree whith you!!i dont like jamie for the role jace

  • Chelsea | June 23, 2012 2:59 AM

    I completely agree

  • angellica | June 15, 2012 10:56 AMReply

    NO! Alex Pettyfer is the perfect Jace.. Jamie should stick with his Volturi thing..

  • chantelle | June 7, 2012 5:13 AMReply

    alex pettyfer would make an amazing jace look him up on images xD

  • Artemis Hanzo (a.k.a Shadow Wolf) | June 4, 2012 7:18 AMReply

    I think two songs it needs are :Just the way you are by Bruno mars" For Clary and "Goodnight Demon Slayer by Voltaire". What do you think of these songs

  • shernandez | May 24, 2012 9:41 PMReply

    I wanna see Jamie. I don't care what anyone says, he is perfect for Jace..

  • william | July 10, 2012 8:52 PM

    wow are you blind? Have you even read the books? He is not perfect for shit!!!

  • Holly | May 21, 2012 10:33 PMReply

    I know Jamie isn't really what anybody wanted for Jace, but if you look at the picture of him on the mortal instruments website he actually looks like a realllyyyyy good Jace, and he's a really good actor so with all that make up and camera angles plus his good acting I'm sure he'll be perfect for the role!! Regardless who plays which characters it will be a GREAT movie!<3 this is the best book series eveeeerrr!

  • william | July 10, 2012 8:53 PM

    re cast! Jamie cannot pull it off he just can't he isn't going to do Jace any justice!!!

  • :))) | May 21, 2012 8:10 AMReply

    Even though Jamie is a bit far from the Jace I pictured, might as well accept the fact that he's got Jace's role. And honestly, I really wanted Alex Pettyfer to be Jace but he turned down the offer. For me, Alex Pettyfer is the only person I could think of as Jace but Jamie Bower might just change that when the movie comes out. I'm kind of expecting a lot from the movie because I've been a fan of Mortal Instruments for so long and I love it. So much. I hope that they won't change any scene from the book though.

  • Rhiannon | May 19, 2012 2:55 PMReply

    Jamie is still playing Jace. He confirmed it himself as did Cassie Clare, and according to articles he was still cast on 26th March 2012. I may be in the minority (but I'm with Cassie Clare) and I think he'll make the PERFECT Jace. Alex Pettyfer TURNED DOWN the role.

    "Alex Pettyfer, a fan favorite, was offered the part of Jace Wayland; though he is an avid fan of the books and strongly desired to take on the role, he eventually decided not to do any more film adaptions based on young adult series."

    So he wouldn't be cast, and personally I think he's getting a little old to play these roles.

  • Ariel | May 13, 2012 4:35 PMReply

    I agree completely! All I could picture was Alex Pettyfer as Jace. Jamie... Not so much. He seems a little too corky to play strong, tough Jace. Just saying. But whatever happens, I hope the movie is good, I've been waiting for this FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jasmin | April 27, 2012 10:30 PMReply

    Guys please stop trashing Jamie.Yeah the first person I thought of when I read the books was Alex too but Clare chose him. She's the one that imagined him so she knows who's going to be right for him. Plus, Cassandra Clare said she was practically crying at Jamie's audition with Lily because he was so perfect for Jace, so I'm trusting her judgment.

  • STEPHANIE | April 25, 2012 9:07 PMReply

    Im so glad Jamie isnt playing Jace that would just ruin the whole movie!! I want Alex Pettyfer to be Jace so badly He has the looks and the hair and muscles. Jamie not so much. Everytime i read the series i can always picture Alex no other person can come to mind.

  • Nicole | April 25, 2012 6:24 PMReply

    From the first moment I read these books I hoped they would be made into movies so I could further enjoy them! These books are so unlike the other " Vampire" and "Supernatural" books and movies out there. This story is so layered, dark, intriguing and complex. I will be counting down the days!

  • Anonymous | April 25, 2012 5:44 PMReply

    So im confused who are all the characters being played by now?

  • Jenna | April 19, 2012 6:32 PMReply

    And the only reason i am saying drop Jamie is because i read from an article from Clare that she said he IS still attached to the movie and STILL IS playing Jace! If he is not though THANK GOD!

  • Jenna | April 19, 2012 6:26 PMReply

    Jamie Campbell Bower will destroy Mortal Instrument if he plays Jace! Im sorry but he does not have the looks, plz drop him as Jace! He may committed but he is the wrong choice! Liam Hemsworth or Alexander Ludwig get my vote cuz Alex Pettyfer passed the role up!

  • Kate | June 18, 2012 4:41 PM

    I agree

  • MIa | April 11, 2012 11:38 PMReply

    I do not understand why people are saying that Magnus should be played by adam lambert! Magnus is meant to be half-asian and it would be incredibly racist and silly to not cast him as such! (Or at least look half-asian)
    There are many people who would suite Magnus 10x better than Adam lambert would such as Miyavi or bill Kaulitz.

  • Rhiannon | May 19, 2012 2:27 PM

    I believe Magnus will be played by a half-asian, Cassie Clare said she wanted him to be :)

  • Trey | April 14, 2012 9:18 PM

    Cinna from The Hunger Games wasn't supposed to be black in the movie, yet he was... Suzanne Collins knew what was best for HER books, therefore, she chose the one who would portray Cinna the best. Have faith that Clare will do the same for her series. If she chooses a good actor who isn't half-asian, don't freak out. She would have done it for a reason.

  • Kala | April 11, 2012 11:34 PMReply

    Hm, despite having only seen a few episodes of Author, I was actually reassured by it because it showed that he could actually act. Alex Pettyfer sure has the looks, but he is starting to look a little old for the role now. Jace is meant to be 16/17. If only there was such a thing as a time machine!
    But I am glad that they don't have jamie anymore, he can act (much better than alex) but he just does not have the look for it. I can't picture him as Jace whatsoever.
    He was the closest to the look of Jace out of the final 3 people they had with the casting earlier (I would hate to see either of the other 2 finalists play Jace)

  • kaylah carrell | April 11, 2012 7:03 PMReply

    As a huge fan of the mortal instruments series, seeing that the people working on the films are the same people that created the Underworld series makes me very excited. I can not wait for the movies release and I guarantee that my friends and I will all attend the premiere and I wont be disappointed. With all that said, good luck with everything!

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  • Oliviaaaa | April 11, 2012 6:30 AMReply

    eeeekkkkk ive been waiting for this for waaay too long! cannot contain my excitement! lily is honestly so perfect for clary shes so beautiful and sweet! jamie campbell bower however would destroy jace! hes too girly looking! so happy its not gunna be him phewww if they cant get alex pettyfer which would be awful, they could get freddie stroma? hes really hot

  • Isobel | April 10, 2012 6:24 AMReply

    Oh my god...omg omg omg!!Yeeeees! I loove The Mortal Instruments! I'm so excited! I can't wait till next year.. I'm gonna die..
    But it's the best year in my life!
    Hahaa, jamie is not going to be Jace!
    I'! Oh my god!
    I reaaally would prefer Alex Pettyfer! He's my Jace! Forever! I don't see anybody else as Jace.
    And Jamie would not be a good Jace.. Jace is attractive, sexy and he must raise one eyebrow!! ;)
    And also the face from Jamie wouldn't be a Jace!
    I really hope that Alex comes back and is going to be Jace... i pray...

  • AshesAlmighty | April 9, 2012 9:11 PMReply

    I'm hoping the director and script writer will take into consideration how pleased The Hunger Games fans were with how close those involved kept the movie to the book. This is one series they shouldn't take liberty to change at a ridiculous rate. Clare is a genius in my mind, to change anything would be a disappointment.

  • Michelle | June 5, 2012 12:45 PM

    I just about died when i heard Jamie was playing Jace; that is the worst decision the movie could possibly make. Not that Jamie isn't a good actor, but the look is seriously way off. Let's all breathe a sigh of relief that he isn't. And let's pray that Alex changes his mind about the role.

  • JC | April 8, 2012 2:14 AMReply

    Has anyone noticed Chris Zylka from secret circle, OMG, soooo freakin hot, he would make a great Jace, I like lily Collins as clary, yes she's not a red head but those r hard to come by, I think she has the same cute factor that clary has in the books, but my dream Jace is Zylka or someone that hot at least lol ;)

  • johnnyjones | April 9, 2012 6:30 PM

    @Crissyanda....hey email me when you get a chance. times are hard now. if you have access to the internet. try this website son found out about this job and is making about $25.50 hourly....god bless take care of those kids.

  • Christie | April 7, 2012 5:15 AMReply

    I am so glad that Jamie is not going to be playing Jace any more! He was just not right for the part! I hope that the new casting director has a good read of the book and actually gets it right this time. I mean Jace is supposed to be quite muscular not weedy. I think they need to get someone older looking too perhaps in their 20's. I love these books and I dont want them to completely ruin it for all of the fans like other recent adaptations of books to film.

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  • Riley | April 6, 2012 11:37 AMReply

    Right, so a rock star's daughter got given the part by Stewart without even having to audition, then he drops out. Some scrawny ugly druggie lookin guy - who ruined Arthur in Camelor and appeared as ugly extras in HP and Twilight was cast as Jace?! And it's being directed by the guy who created the awful new Karate Kid?!?! Hahahaha this is going to be an absolute shambles! At least Hunger Games has Oscar nominated actors actresses and director. This is bs!

  • Riley | April 6, 2012 11:15 AMReply

    Whoops in my excitement I forgot how to spell... *scrawny *longer

  • Shannon | April 7, 2012 2:21 AM

    I couldn't agree with you more.

  • Riley | April 6, 2012 11:14 AMReply


  • Darla | April 6, 2012 7:18 AMReply

    Oh my god!!!!!!! omg omg omg. You dont know how excited and happy I am to hear this! They better do good with this movie and not ruin it, otherwise us, fans, will be deeply disappointed! Take your time on making this film, don't rush. Thank you so much!

  • ARIANA | April 6, 2012 12:19 AMReply

    Is it also going to be showing in the Philippines? I hope yes cause I've been waiting for this moment for a long time now!

  • Alex | April 5, 2012 6:59 PMReply

    The guy who played alec or whats-his-name on Nine lives of Cloeh (<However you spell it) King, who tried out for Jace, I think could do good. He even tweeted the pic. of him with the Jace-like hair.

  • Ali Sotelo | April 5, 2012 6:57 PMReply

    Wait, Jamie isn't on board anymore? What happened?

  • Jamie | April 5, 2012 4:31 PMReply

    I can't wait to see the Institute! Imagine Church walking down the halls and turning his nose up at everybody. Can't wait!

  • Debbie | April 5, 2012 6:15 AMReply

    Well, this is about time they take on the project - I'm thrilled that Constantin Film didn't give up and that they are involved. I can't remember one bad movie of theirs... Surely noone will regret making the story into a movie. Once they start marketing of the movie, book sales will go up again, as well - just like it did with Twilight and Hunger Games: More new readers also equals more people watching the movie and vice versa. It sure is going to be a big franchise :)) As for Jace: Of course I'D PREFER Alex Pettyfer - noone looks that much like Jace... But Jamie would be fine, as well. I think he'd do a great job, if they reasigned him. I'm not so worried about his looks - they did a great job on the main characters of the other YA franchises; he'll surely look a little different as Jace than he does as Jamie.

  • Chace | April 5, 2012 4:39 AMReply

    Since Alex Pettyfer turned down the role for Jace Wayland , which I think is a very unreasonable decision, I thought maybe , just MAYBE... Alexander Ludwig could be offered the role. I mean he looks a lot like alex. Young alex. I know he seems too young for the role but I think they can do something about it.

    and by the way, I don't think Mr. Bower is anything like Jace except for his hair. :)

  • Whitney | April 5, 2012 4:20 AMReply

    YAYYYYYY!!!! This just made my day! Alex Pettyfer would definitely make a great Jace, as for Jaimie I really can't see it. I can't wait for this to be done, I just hope they do justice to the books!

  • Dyan | April 5, 2012 2:35 AMReply

    I've always liked Alex Pettyfer as Jace because I can really see Jace as him. As for Jaimie, with all honesty I can't picture him as Jace. I just hope that whoever will play our dear Jace Wayland/Lightwood/Morgenstern/Herondale will give justice to his looks and personality.

    Anyway I'm excited for this movie. A few months after this is Catching Fire! I can hardly wait!

  • Vincent Page | April 5, 2012 2:18 AMReply

    FINALLY!!! I would love to watch this movie and especially if you're planning on making 6 movies. I don't have any real opinion on the actors and actresses, but I would love to see them really get into the personalities of the book characters. Thank you!!!!!!!! Bye!

  • Sam DeHart | April 5, 2012 12:42 AMReply

    if I could say one word it would be....YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS! I have been waiting for this ever since I started reading the series. I think The Mortal Instruments will be WAY better than Twilight and The Hunger Games combined. Also one thing I am deeply appreciative of is that Jamie Cambell Bower is no longer going to be playing Jace. Yes he might be a good actor and everything but I just don't think he fitted the role for Jace that well. Plus I think he would gotten old of looking at. Especially if you are planning to make 6 movies. It would be another Kyrstin Stewert all over again, and when I say that I mean people will probably will be wanting hi
    To die. I say get someone more attractive to females of all ages or more towards the younger side because most of your fans are probably on the younger side, but you never know. Anyways I love you Cassandra and I love your books (and I have a very picky taste in books, so that is a lot of respect from me). Super excited I already pre-ordered your newest book. Bye!

  • Alisha | April 4, 2012 10:50 PMReply

    So excited about this movie!

  • Alli Pratt | April 4, 2012 10:36 PMReply

    Yay! SOOOO friggin excited for this!!! Also excited for the 5th book to come out in May! I'm kind of glad that Jamie Campbell isn't attached anymore..I probably would've gotten used to him but he really wasn't someone I wanted for Jace's image. Completely stoked for this! & it's 2 days after my birthday!

  • Jayne | April 4, 2012 10:02 PMReply

    Can't wait for the movie. So excited!

  • herky18 | April 4, 2012 9:28 PMReply

    Very excited that we have a release date.... now we just need to hire the perfect cast
    Jace- Alex Pettyfer
    Magnus- Adam Lmabert (and also a perfect Alec...)
    that is all, thank you....

  • kaylah carrell | April 11, 2012 7:35 PM

    Alex pettyfer should definitely play jace, Adam Lambert I'm definitely catching a magnus vibe off of him as for all the other characters this Olivia chick on here must have been studying because all of the actors she chose are like dead on! Hopefully they get this right my main concerns are having jace be the perfect guy that we all see when we're reading the books!

  • Oliviaaa | April 11, 2012 7:07 AM

    jace - alex pettyfer
    magnus - adam lambert or darren criss
    alec - gaspard ulliel or adam gregory
    isabelle - odette yustman or astrid berges-frisbey or nina dobrev
    simon - logan lerman or carter jenkins
    maia - jessica szohr or shay mitchell or kat graham
    luke - ewan mcgregor or gerard butler or michael fassbender
    valentine - jason isaacs or paul bettany or michael fassbender
    (even though its the second book onwards sebastian - tyler blackburn or ben barnes)
    i think ian somerhalder should be in there somehow just because hes amazing...

  • Julie A. | April 5, 2012 7:47 PM

    I could see Adam Lambert as Magnus for sure! Alec I always pictured as kind of preppy.

  • Jill | April 4, 2012 9:03 PMReply

    Recast Jamie. PLEASE. He was horrible as Arthur in Camelot. He managed to make Arthur seem like a scrawny little girl. He'll do the same for Jace.

  • Alli | April 4, 2012 10:37 PM

    I feel exactly the same. I think Alex Pettyfer would do a great job as Jace though!

  • Carrie | April 4, 2012 10:09 PM

    Thank you! He is way too girly to be Jace. I really really really hope they pick someone who will perfectly fit the part.

  • Shery | April 4, 2012 8:57 PMReply

    I'm glad jamie isn't going to be Jace. I hope they find someone else whose more Jace (*cough*like alex pettyfer *cough*)

  • Alli | April 4, 2012 10:38 PM

    YES!!! THANK YOU!!!

  • Mary | April 4, 2012 8:49 PMReply

    I am so excited, can't wait till August 2013.

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  • not my name | April 5, 2012 4:15 PM

    ok, please don't get offended,(im PARTIALLY on your side) but Alex only turned down that role to audition for another role...which he didn't get,it was a tough choice, but thats besides the point...I can see and have seen a a pic where Jamie is to look more like Jace....but Alex Pettyfer is the ideal choice, and if he had a chance to reaudition, I would totally enourage that, and maybe do a peition cuz lets face it, he is Jace...even Cassandra Clare wanted him....but Jamie can live up to it, he's just not the fan's first choice... but people, give Jamie a chance!....he can buff up....but Alex pettyfer is better

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