Last week, one of the bigger stories happened to be the news that Sony Pictures was looking to distribute the upcoming adaptation of The Mortal Instruments, a series from Cassandra Clare that begins with City of Bones. Though it’s been in the works for awhile now, Sony’s involvement seems to be playing a vital hand. Now, the company has indeed signed with Constantin, and in the process has set a release date for the upcoming film.
According to Box Office Mojo, The Mortal Instruments will be hitting theaters on August 23rd, 2013. This comes almost a year after the scheduled production is supposed to start, as it was previously announced the film will begin shooting in Toronto on August 15th. Lily Collins is set to star, with The Karate Kid director Harald Zwart is also still set to direct, and the script from Jessica Postigo and I. Marlene King in place. Jamie Campbell Bower will play another role in the upcoming film, though his confirmation with Sony’s change of hands has yet to be determined.
The story of the supernatural drama starts off when fifteen-year-old Clary Fray (Collins) heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder—much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon.
There’s no clear indication yet if the series will either soar such as Twilight or The Hunger Games, or crash and burn, such as I Am Number Four. Fans have been the driving force of the film so far, and not too much attention has been brought to the project just yet. Hopefully it can find some more traction as it heads into development, and possibly even conjure up some new fans in the process.