I could have seen this coming. You take something that is nearly identical to what audiences have already seen and they get bored. The generic YA supernatural novel series, “The Mortal Instruments,” that was adapted into a film this year bombed at the box office. Now whether the franchise will continue on the big screen is up for review. The series was written by Cassandra Clare and was touted as the next “Twilight” like blockbuster but so far has been largely lackluster (and I will not apologize for that sweet rhyme.)
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones has made a measly $37m at the global box office following its release last month. The problem is that the sequel has already begun production since the studio felt like it was going to be the next big franchise. However, with the terrible box office performance, the production company, Constantin Film, is actively trying to keep it on the film screen.
The reviews for the film have been even worse.It currently has a rating of just 12% on the review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes. The Guardian’s Francesca Steele wrote:
“This is the first adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s best-selling fantasy novels and a sequel is already on the way, as studio execs rush to fill that Twilight-shaped hole. Teen love triangle? Check. Werewolves and vampires? Check. This is film-making at its most cynical. But none of it actually makes much sense.”
Producer Martin Moszkowicz released a statement yesterday where he commented,
“Constantin Film has a long tradition of adapting books to the big screen. Pushing back the start of production of City of Ashes was a decision we did not take lightly. But after speaking with all of our partners on the creative and distribution side, it was clear that it will be beneficial to have more time to reposition the film in the current marketplace. The Mortal Instruments series has an incredibly loyal and ardent fan base and is a best-selling book series. While taking Cassandra Clare’s vision to the screen we want to make sure to draw on the full potential of the franchise.”
Whether or not the sequel will continue production has not been confirmed but will likely be decided shortly before it goes to far into the red.