Constantin Film has announced that production on the sequel to The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones has been pushed back. The first film, which cost about $60 million to make (not counting marketing expenses), failed to make a mark at the box office, earning just $37.1 million so far worldwide after opening on August 21.
“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 market place,” said executive producer Martin Moszkowicz of Constantin. “‘The Mortal Instruments’ series has an incredibly loyal and ardent fan base and is a bestselling 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.”
The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes had already entered production and was to start filming soon. Harald Zwart was again directing with Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Kevin Zegers, Robert Sheehan, Jemima West, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Sigourney Weaver starring.