Well it was no Twilight or Harry Potter or Hunger Games. Word on the street is Mortal Instruments: City of Bones will not have a sequel as planned — at least not any time soon. Earlier today, movie production company Constantin Film confirmed via press release that Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes has been delayed indefinitely.
“Pushing back the start of production of City of Ashes was a decision we did not take lightly,” the film’s executive producer Martin Moszkowicz explained in the press release. “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."
City of Bones is based on the bestselling novel by Cassandra Clare; the first film, which released in the US on August 21, 2013, grossed an estimated $58 million, reports The Wrap. That’s $2 million less than the film’s reported production budget. To add salt to the gaping financial wound, those numbers are nowhere close to the likes of say Twilight: New Moon, which raked in more than $72 million on its opening day alone.
Production on the sequel was supposed to start next week with director Harald Zwart set to return, along with stars Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, and Kevin Zegers. Sigourney Weaver was also slated to join the cast.
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