With The Hunger Games' huge opening weekend (third biggest of all-time) and Twilight still enthralling audiences everywhere, it seems safe to assume that there will be more films based on young adult fiction in the pipeline for the foreseeable future.
Sony’s lined up what they hope will be the next box-office sensation, a series of films based on Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments line of novels. The studio is once again moving forward with production and has set a release date for the first installment – Mortal Instruments: City of Bones – which will hit theaters on August 23rd, 2013.
The film is a joint production between Sony’s Screen Gems branch and Constantin Films. The pairing comes after Screen Gems initially passed on the project back in February, but apparently the studio has had a change of heart.
Some speculate that the initial pass was designed to remove director Scott Stewart from the project – and if that was the goal, it worked out well. Stewart has left City of Bones and been replaced with The Karate Kid director Harald Zwart. Not exactly a huge step up in terms of quality, but probably an improvement nonetheless.
Zwart will have a year and four months to cast, shoot, and do post-production work in order to meet the August 2013 release date for the feature. As such, we expect to hear lots of casting news about City of Bones in the coming weeks. As it stands now, Lily Collins has signed on for the title role, playing Clary Fray – a teenager who “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.”
Sony is clearly hoping Mortal Instruments is a hit of Hunger Games proportions – with six books in the series and a prequel trilogy entitled The Infernal Devices, this could be a potential cash cow for years to come.
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