'The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes' Back On, Production To Start In 2014

by Kevin Jagernauth
October 23, 2013 10:48 AM
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Bad reviews, a soft opening and a tepid $80 million worldwide haul—these are not the signposts for a successful launch of a YA franchise. And indeed, despite a small but very vocal fanbase for "The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones," it seemed that Constantin Film had thrown in the towel when it was announced last month that the in-development sequel, "The Mortal Instruments: City Of Ashes," was being shut down indefinitely. The future of the series was in doubt, but today, it looks like fans of Cassandra Clare have reason to rejoice.

It seems your letters and petitions have paid off as Constantin has revealed that 'City Of Ashes' will go into production in 2014. "The fan response, from the blogosphere and the thousands of mails we have received, has encouraged us to keep going,”  head of the company's film and TV Martin Moszkowicz told THR, before adding the zinger:  “It's been overwhelmingly positive, in contrast to some other YA titles.” But that doesn't mean that he's completely blind to the fact that 'Bones' failed to find a wide audience.

“We are analyzing what we did wrong with the first film, particularly with the positioning and marketing, and what changes we have to make," he explained. "We are working with a great group of people to reposition the franchise.”

Details on who will direct and who will return aren't quite clear, though it's safe to say that Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower and Kevin Zegers probably all have jobs. At one point Sigourney Weaver was signed up too, but again, it's not certain if she's still on board.

It'll be interesting to see how Constantin approach production on the sequel. We can't imagine they'll spend more than the $60 million they did on 'City Of Bones' this time around, but clearly there is something in the numbers they're getting to indicate this series is worth a second crack. But will you give it another shot? Is there even room for another YA series with "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" arriving in a matter of weeks and newcomers "Divergent" and "The Maze Runner" dropping next year? We'll see....

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  • Anette, Biggest Fan | April 16, 2014 1:52 PMReply

    Oh, I'm so glad!!!! Ever since I saw City of Bones I'm completely hooked! I'm so gonna start reading the books now! Best news ever!!!! Also, I think this is better than Twilight and The Hunger Games!!!:D I became a HUGE fan of Jaime Campbell Bower, he is the perfect Jace:) Also, don't change any of the characters, I don't think I could watch the next movie if they change even one character!!!!!! Can't wait for City of Ashes!!!!!

  • Shane | April 16, 2014 10:57 AMReply

    please make more of these movies..and do not change up the cast..jamie campbell bower is jace
    and that would be a huge mistake to change up the leads.

  • kelin | April 6, 2014 2:37 PMReply

    please just make the other movie i want to see it i love the books and the movie i want the other one

  • Prijeetha | April 3, 2014 12:39 AMReply

    I'm a big fan of the Mortal Instruments whole collection. And I'm waiting for heavenly fire to come out soon. They have to have sequels for the Mortal Instruments. I actually starting reading the books after I watched the movie. It actually makes a person get interested in reading the books. So they should definitely make all the books into a movie. The characters in The Mortal Instruments is so awesome and its a pleasure to watch them come to live played by an amazing cast they put together. Cant wait for City of Ashes.

  • Marlene | March 31, 2014 12:32 AMReply

    I agree with Anna; try to make the movies like the books. Most movies based off books try to make it so that viewers can watch and not have to have read the books but that's where your wrong. Most viewers will be people who are interested in the books. Make them long enough and incorporate as much as possible. People like the books bc of whats in them. Dont take it out! Make it longer!

  • Anna | March 31, 2014 12:29 AMReply

    Major fan of the whole Shadowhunter series but the problem with the movie was that it wasn't long enough to incorporate many of the important scenes. So what if it costs more to make it longer? The longer, the more it will be like the book, and the more money you'll make. Keep the movies like the books to get the same fan base and positive reaction.

  • Belle | March 31, 2014 12:26 AMReply

    I love the Mortal Instruments series! I've read the Infernal Devices, all of the Mortal Instruments books besides the sixth, which comes out in May, and The Bane Chronicles. I'm a major fan of the whole series and companion books & it means so much to see the characters come to life! Cant wait to see this movie :)))

  • Mariah | March 19, 2014 9:03 PMReply

    Please keep making the series to movies it will be awesome to see all the books come to life I read all of the books except for the sixth one yall did a awesome job making the City of Bones .

  • Staci | March 17, 2014 4:14 PMReply

    Luv it! Luv it! Luv it! Just bought the DVD, have all the books so far, cant wait for the last one, hope it turns out well, and cant wait for the movie! So glad they are moving on with it! Huge fan!

  • Anne | March 8, 2014 6:41 PMReply

    Just don't screw it up.

  • Laura | March 5, 2014 1:33 PMReply

    i hope they don't cancel, The City Of Ashes, i want to know what happens with Clary and Jace, i can't believe they are actually brothers and sisters, it would be funny if they weren't actually brothers and sisters!! they look so cute together!!! Don't Cancel It! i love the book so far can't wait to see what happens next!!

  • alexa | March 10, 2014 10:53 PM


    They aren't brother and sister actually. if you read the books the third one, City of Glass, Jace and Clary are told they aren't brother and sister.

  • Morgan | March 3, 2014 7:04 PMReply

    This is an amazing book series, and could become a larger than life movie series. They messed up not getting the info out there that it was being made into a movie and then when it was going to be released. It is a darker series, so they are going to have to target the right type of people. I am happy to know that they are making City of Ashes into a movie and I really hope this one does better because this is one of the best series I have read in a long time. I enjoyed so much more than hunger games and twilight.

  • Kaitlin | February 24, 2014 11:51 PMReply

    I have read all of the books EXCEPT book 6 which doesn't come out till May and I LOVE this series. Especially since it's getting sooo exciting. They CANT stop making the mortal instruments series. Can't wait for city of ashes! BTW when DOES city of ashes come out???

  • gail | February 18, 2014 9:56 AMReply

    i had read all the books and the clockwork devices i even read the bane chronicles and i loved every page i was so excited to know they were making city of bones and i was,nt disappointed they did miss out quite alot but understandable to a certain extent the characters were briliant i love JRM as valentine and JBC as jace i cant wait for city of ashes i am hoping thy will do them all i think if u have read the books u could be disappointed to some extent but u could say that about twilight or any book really they just cant fit it all in i say give it a chance i,m sure u will enjoy it as much as me

  • so glad | February 17, 2014 2:25 AMReply

    I vaguely remember the advertisements for this movie back in the summer , had completely forgotten about it until i received a "movie on us" coupon from my cable provider needless to say this was the movie i purchased absolutely LOVED it found out that this was a series of books bought them all and read them all in a little under two weeks. I simply could not put them down. I am so glad that they are going ahead with City of Ashes hopefully the screen writers will stick to the book instead of trying to rewrite for the screen there is no need the books stand strong on their own... Hopefully all 6 books will make it to the big screen and the cast will stay in it for the long haul too....Jamie Campbell Bower was a perfect choice for Jace (in spite of what some critics say) cant wait to see who they cast in "later" parts as this series if given the chance should become one to remember.....Keep on going with it guys give it the chance it deserves!!!!!

  • Haven | February 15, 2014 6:44 PMReply

    I loved this movie and I love the book! I do suggest changing valentines hair to blond.

  • Suzi | February 13, 2014 2:10 AMReply

    I loved it..cannot wait for the next one.....and the one after that.

  • Mila | February 10, 2014 5:13 AMReply

    I did enjoy this movie-credits rolling now. I took so much from this movie and several comments already say what I would. I just need to add one seriously highly recommended suggestion(personal opinion). Please, if you're going to stick with Jamie as Jace, tell the dull nearly emotionless faced man to take a dang shower. Bit distracting when that's all I could think every scene he was in.

  • jkv906 | February 9, 2014 1:37 AMReply

    so when is city of ashes cokmin out?!?!

  • Aaliyah | February 7, 2014 10:50 PMReply

    I Absolutly love these books, however I was disappointed with the movie. They jumped from scene to scene way too quick. They left out important parts. My biggest disappointment was the casting. Jamie fans please don't hate me after I voice my opinion. Jace is suppose to be this perfect, beautiful masculin guy. Although I love Jamie he's just not that guy. Also jace is sullen and sarcastic, Jamie just wasn't convincing. I really felt that jaces character should have been played by someone else. It just ruined it for me. I will watch the next movies only because I do love the books. I just really hope they rethink some of the characters and they don't screw up the seelie court scene.

  • Michaela | February 4, 2014 2:31 PMReply

    If they're wondering what they did wrong with the first movie, it was that they didn't include some of the most important parts like when Simon turns into a rat or when Hodge's curse is dropped and he traps Clary in a box after she almost gets her eyes torn out by Hugo then almost takes her head off but Luke saves her. If they wanted to attract a better audience then they should stick to the story line and only leave out small parts not the greater demon part. I know money is always an issue, but if they want to make more of it then they have to step it up and throw all they have into making it the best that it can be. But despite that I still loved it and can't wait for the second movie.

  • Darren | January 30, 2014 7:03 AMReply

    After watching the Mortal Instruments, I now appreciate all other first films in a series that take the time to tell the story. The film didn't concentrate enough on the characters and their stories. It jumped from scene to scene too quickly as well. It got off to a really good start and the guy playing JC did the book justice. I personally feel Valentine should have been older, the werewolves spectacular battle towards the end of the book didn't live up to expectations and neither did the battle with the greater demon. They changed it too much and if they do a sequ they should flesh out the other characters and stick closer to the books storyline.

  • Taylor | January 27, 2014 6:43 PMReply

    So what date will city of ashes be coming out?

  • jkv909 | February 9, 2014 1:44 AM

    good question i wish i new

  • Erin | January 21, 2014 11:27 PMReply

    I love the book the movie.. I'm 36 about to be 37.. I am in love with it.. For someone like me who has fibromyalgia and can't get around much.. This book takes me to a place that I feel like I can put myself and not be in pain.. I'm driving my teens crazy watching it.. Please keep going and fire who ever did the marketing.. I saw it at the video store and thought I will give it a try.. Now I have two copy's ( one living room and one in the bedroom) lol..
    I have 2 teens and a 6 month old and let me tell you my baby is already a fan.. Lol

  • Eve May | January 9, 2014 2:05 AMReply

    Omgs the mortal instruments was a wicked film I can't stop watching it I watch it every day I'd love to meet the cast I'm Jamie Campbell Bower's biggest fan I love him he amazing.x

  • Kimberley | January 7, 2014 6:28 AMReply

    I loveeeeeeeeeeeeee the movie! And i loveeeeeeeeeee the books. I can't believe people didn't enjoy this movie. I was so excited to hear they would make a movie about 'City of Ashes', so I'm shocked they would cancel it! But also reliefed to read that they reconsider the production. I'm so excited to see this movie and I hope they make a movie for every book Cassandra Clare wrote.

  • CLARISSA | January 2, 2014 1:17 PMReply

    I loved this movie!! So glad to hear they are continuing with the sequel. I had never even heard of the movie until it came out on dvd. It definitely needs better marketing. I have just recently purchased the books and started reading them, definitely a page turner. I am 41 years old and my family and I ALL loved this movie.

  • Kathryn | December 15, 2013 2:26 PMReply

    Jamie Bower was fantastic in the City of Bones. This series was ten times better than twilight series. As a huge fan of the series, I was thrilled to see the first film in theaters and I will be equally exited to see the second installment. Jamie Bower is a fablous actor and he would have been a better choice as Edward Cullen in the twilight series than Robert Padision. Hes clearly loaded with talent and very handsome. As a huge fan of Mr. Bower, I can't wait to see more of his movies.

  • Julie | December 15, 2013 2:11 PMReply

    I love this series. I can't wait to see the next movie immortal insturments city of ashes in theaters. I hope to see the same characters return in the next film. Jamie bower was wonderful and again I can't wait to see the second installment of this series.

  • Mojopo | December 7, 2013 1:06 AMReply

    Love this series! Will definitely go see next movie, opening weekend this time. I love to see books I love come to life! I was disappointed when I heard they weren't making the sequel, I think they made the right choice to go on with the production! Hope they keep everyone the same! Clary, Jace, Simon, Luke, Magnus, and Jocelyn especially!

  • GRACE | December 5, 2013 1:53 AMReply

    I LOVE this series and I was so upset when I heard they were not going to continue after all. This news makes me seriously happy!!

  • Heather riot | December 4, 2013 6:59 PMReply

    Huge fan of the books, i loved the movie even though the story was messed with something terribly. But Jaime Bower's performance held everything together. I don't see how this movie has not out shown Twilight, they had two of the worst actors starring in that film. I feel if this next movie is done right and trys to play closer to the books, then it will be a huge success, and blow glittering vampires out of the water!

  • brandy | December 2, 2013 9:47 PMReply

    I saw the movie with out even knowing that there were books an I loved it I read all 5 books in 15 days I love it. I really hope for more of the film

  • Icis | November 30, 2013 9:00 PMReply

    I loved the books. I already ordered the next book. I loved watching in in theaters with ny daughter. I want to see it comlete in theaters asbwell. There ,6 books it us a very good story. Its a twist on the fanacy world.

  • rhonda | November 25, 2013 7:52 PMReply

    I Love the books on the 4th one! I didnt even know they had made it a movie the marketing was so bad finally I seen a poster it was coming to DVD and I was so excited but I would have loved to see it on the big screen! Please keep making them the books just get better as the series goes so I'm sure the movies would too.

  • Colie | November 19, 2013 9:04 PMReply

    I hope the franchise does continue. I had not read the books and only saw the movie because my friend was a fan. The marketing was poor and I didn't think I would enjoy it. But, I LOVED it! Great cast. Saw it twice in 3 days (and read the first book inbetween). Would have seen it again, but it wasn't in the cinema for very long. Instantly enjoyed both the book and the movie more than Twilight.
    Using a comparison to Twilight as a marketing ploy was a poor choice and would have alienated a lot of potential fans. There was an overkill of Twilight (and the general Vampire genre) by the time the marketing for City of Bones began. They needed to market it as being DIFFERENT to Twilight; in the same way that Hunger Games, Twilight and Harry Potter are all different and great in their own way. Fingers crossed that DVD sales will prove positive enough to continue (or the fans annoy the heck out of the production company until it gets done).

  • Priscilla | November 14, 2013 12:43 AMReply

    This made my day :D!!!!♡♥♡
    The 1st movie was awesome. Marketing the movie wasn't done well. Very dissapointed because this series has potential in becoming an awesome franchise :D
    Just finished City of Lost Souls. Can't wait for Heavenly Fire next year.

  • sarah maymond | November 11, 2013 7:19 PMReply

    Come get the city of ashes made then glass I loved the first film clary and jace are ment for each I well wanna see when the truth comes out get a move on lol

  • Eric | November 11, 2013 12:49 PMReply

    The first film was awesome! They did a terrible job of marketing it though. I just happened upon it as I was bored that day, and was pleasantly surprised. The film should have done much, much, better with better, and strategic marketing. I'm glad they are looking at that for the launch of this second film.
    The characters Robert Sheehan, Jamie Bower, Kevin Zegers, Johnathan Meyers and Godfrey Gao in the first film are breathtakingly beautiful, (longing for an entirely different kind of film with these characters... alas...*sigh*... and, moving along...) . As well as the very pretty Lilly Collins, Lena Heady and Jemima West... it was an adventurous, fun, sexy and mysterious film that should have done better in the box office had it had better marketing.
    I earnestly hope that Sigourney Weaver stays with the new film. She is Amazing! Any part she plays in the new film, I know will make things incredible! She has some of the best moments in film! I look forward to seeing her in this and many future films.
    I also hope to see more of Jared Harris. He is new to me from the Sherlock Holmes films, and he is fascinating to watch. I enjoyed watching his character in City of Bones, fall from dignity into ruin, and pick himself up again and redeem himself. It is weird how well he plays the genius professor/evil bad boy...
    I'm looking forward to the new film and I expect it will do better this time around.

  • Song | November 9, 2013 1:43 PMReply

    I am surprised this didn't do better. It was every bit as good if not better then the Twilight series. I love the movie and books and eager to praise both. I can't wait until the next movie.

  • Teresa | November 9, 2013 12:45 PMReply

    I loved the books and cannot wait for the next movie. I saw the first movie at least 5 times. I cant wait for the last book to come out. Keep em coming:)

  • Paige | October 27, 2013 12:57 PMReply

    Loved the books...read all five of them in a week....and thought the movie was fantastic saw it twice within two days...and my family members who had not read the book and seen the movie loved it...I am excited for the next movie....I feel like they should not compare it to the hunger games, twilight, and harry potter. I am a fan of all of these series along with this one ...but the fan base is not the same and I think that they should just advertise the movie and stay true to the book. When I saw the movie I would have been content for the movie to just continue it did not seem like I was sitting there for the full 2 hours it had felt like half an hour had passed....Im excited to see how the next ones turn out!

  • Erin | October 24, 2013 10:38 AMReply

    Don't be fooled lovers and haters both. The digital release date is in ONE MONTH and the DVD/Blu-Ray is in 6 WEEKS. Desperate last minute attempt to boost their sales. Mosckowicz, who is highly untrustworthy...dont' forget he kept saying how everything was fine, albeit under expectations, prior to announcing the sequel was delayed. Also he told THR and Variety that it made 100 million at the boxoffice but neither BoxOfficeMojo nor The-Numbers have it anywhere near that...it's at 81 million and 75 million respectively. I'm assuming he's rounding 81 million up to 100 million to make it sound better.

    Here's where he finally admits some truth, telling Variety this, but not the Hollywood Reporter:

    “It is an ongoing discussion that we are having, and it is not done. We haven’t made a final decision. But we will only move forward — and we plan to move forward — when we feel we are going to get it right,” Moszkowicz said.

    Although the intention is to shoot the film sometime next year, it is not carved in stone.

    “That is the plan, but it is not a given,” Moszkowicz said. “We believe in that franchise, and we would like to do that, but we need to get it right.”

  • Robert | October 24, 2013 7:39 AMReply

    really happy .Read the books on back on the film:-)love them.Im46!!
    Hope this time around they stay in cinemas longer than the week in showed in Maidstone and not at all in scarborough!!that would help figures!
    Suggest they dont market it as the new "twightlight"which i did enjoy but its not much like that franchise,it proberly alienated alot of people who may have enjoyed the film but didnt like twilight and aliented "Twighlight "hardcore fan who didnt like the comaparison!And finally stay as true a possible to the spirit of the books.Peter Jackson got that bang on when doing LOTR :-)Get a great script writter and get Clare to input her feeling like JK did for HP franchise!Loved the casting espiecally Lily :-) Full steam ahead!!yah

  • jan | October 24, 2013 6:40 AMReply

    read 5 books..I thought the movie is better..cast were great. i'm 26 by the way..and looking forward for TMI:co ashes

  • synd | October 24, 2013 12:17 AMReply

    Omg! I am so happy.

  • samantha mcewan | October 23, 2013 1:57 PMReply

    What a perfect birthday present this little piece of news is. Leave the cast as it is but please stick closer to the plot this time! Screenwriters shouldn't change major plot points Jessica Postigo. (for the marketing guys I'm 41 today and have read all 5 of the series that are released and will be reading book 6.)

  • Katrina | October 23, 2013 1:12 PMReply

    This is the best news I've heard all week! I absolutely love this series! My husband even really enjoyed it! He went willingly to see it with me, where as with Twilight... Lets just say it was like putting a cat in a sink filled with water.. Hehe.

  • Ben | October 23, 2013 11:27 AMReply


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