Mortal Instruments: new TV series to reboot movie

New show will see Cassandra Clare’s fantasy book series start from scratch

Mortal Instruments TV seriesFollowing in the wake of the numerous other book-to-film adaptations that have taken a sideways step into TV (Bates Motel, Sleepy Hollow, Hannibal etc), it looks like another series will be following suit, with Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series being ordered for a series by ABC.

This follows on from the disappointing reception to Harald Zwart’s film adaptation of first book City Of Bones, which starred Lily Clare and Jamie Campbell Bower as protagonists Clary Fray and Jace Wayland, as well as featuring recognisable genre names like Lena Heady (300, Game Of Thrones), Robert Sheehan (Misfits) and Aidan Turner (The Hobbit, Being Human).

In order to stand apart from the film (probably), the series will be titled ‘Shadowhunters’, and will see Clary thrown into a world of demons, vampires, werewolves and fairies after her mother is kidnapped. Zwart’s adaptation was a disappointment to fans of the series, as well as to those who saw it as a potential YA successor to the likes of Harry Potter and Twilight, so it’s hoped that this series will fare slightly better.

Speaking to Variety, Clare said of the prospect of a TV adaptation: “I’m excited to see ABC Family bring the world of the ‘Shadowhunters’ to life. As a huge fan of longform television drama, I can’t wait to see the story unfold and for the fans to have more time with the world and the characters.”

Shadowhunters will air on ABC in the US. Not date has yet been announced. For all the latest sci-fi film news, pick up your copy of the new issue of SciFiNow.