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Next Young Adult Franchise? Fantasy 'Mortal Instruments' Adds 'Game of Thrones' Badass Lena Headey to Cast

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood July 19, 2012 at 5:26PM

Young Adult Fiction continues to drive book sales (as top writers such as Carl Hiaasen, Elizabeth George, Jody Picoult and John Grisham turn to the red hot YA business) as well as subsequent movie franchises such as Lionsgate's "The Hunger Games," Warner Bros.' "Harry Potter," Summit's "Twilight" and HBO's "Game of Thrones."
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Lena Headey, Game of Thrones

Young Adult Fiction continues to drive book sales (as top writers such as Carl Hiaasen, Elizabeth George, Jody Picoult and John Grisham turn to the red hot YA business) as well as subsequent movie franchises such as Lionsgate's "The Hunger Games," Warner Bros.' "Harry Potter," Summit's "Twilight" and HBO's "Game of Thrones."

Which helps to explain why Constantin Film and Unique Pictures' "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones," based on Cassandra Clare's bestselling series set in New York City, has lured such a strong cast. Like "Hunger Games," this contemporary story features a warrior heroine (Lily Collins), who is joined by Lena Headey, Kevin Durand, Jared Harris, Godfrey Gao, Jamie Campbell Bower, Robert Sheehan, Jemima West and Robert Maillet (their characters noted below). Jessica Postigo Paquette and I. Marlene King are adapting the script to be directed by Harald Zwart ("The Karate Kid"). The film kicks off production in Toronto this August.

Details on the books and cast members are below. The subsequent five books after "City of Bones" are "City of Ashes," "City of Glass," "City of Fallen Angels" and "City of Lost Souls."

Screen Gems will release the film in the US on August 23, 2013.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.