Fans of The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones are in for some bad news as Constantin Film have announced that the previously greenlit sequel to Cassandra Clare’s book, The Mortal Instruments: City Of Ashes, is being pushed back with no sign of a start date.
The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones was a crushing disappointment at the box office, having currently made only $37 million worldwide from a $60 million budget. However, the production company was confident enough in the first film that they greenlit a sequel before it had been released, with Sigourney Weaver rumoured to have been cast.
Now, THR reports that the sequel is being delayed indefinitely in order to “analyse the results to date and reposition the franchise in order to maximize results for future installments.” They report the company stating “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 Claire’s [sic] vision to the screen we want to make sure to draw on the full potential of the franchise.”