If you’ll recall, a little film dropped this year called The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, which as we’ve noted before, was the latest entry in the young adult novel adaptation about a teen girl who’s the super most special-ist gal in whole wide world and only she can rescue us all from a CGI onslaught of werewolves or aliens or demons, all while stealing the heart of a supernatural being who’s all cheekbones and 0% body fat. And yet, for some wacky reason, American audiences weren’t interested in watching Lily Collins as a Kristen Stewart surrogate in a tale about angel warriors fighting demons in an alternate universe version of New York, all while Collins makes soap opera eyes at an angel hunk, and the proposed sequel seemed to be put on ice.
But, while the film only made $31.2 million domestically, international numbers hewed closer to $100 million. Translation: Studio Constantin is going to push for a sequel anyway. Expect The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes, based on the young adult novel of the same name, to begin production in 2014.
According to Coming Soon, Constantin Film honcho Martin Moszkowicz has said that the fans of the franchise enjoyed the first film, and that the first film’s problem came down more to an issue of marketing, rather than the fact that it was yet another entry into what Joss Whedon has called the “Choosing Boyfriends: The Movie” genre:
“The fan response, from the blogosphere and the thousands of mails we have received, has encouraged us to keep going… been overwhelmingly positive, in contrast to some other YA titles. We are analyzing what we did wrong with the first film, particularly with the positioning and marketing, and what changes we have to make. We are working with a great group of people to reposition the franchise (for City of Ashes). The readers of Mortal Instruments are older than you might think. That may have been one issue in our marketing, that we focused too much on a very young audience segment.”
What do you think of The Mortal Instruments news?