In addition, sister label Screen Gems has untethered itself from Mortal Instruments, the adaptation of the Cassandra Clare YA fantasy series.
Scott Stewart had been attached to direct while Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower were attached to star in the story of a human woman helping human-angel hybrids fight evil forces.
Constantin Film, which controls the rights, may self-finance or seek a co-financier as it develops this on its own. Stewart, meanwhile, is no longer directing, focusing on a TV version of his Screen Gems flick, Legion.
What looked to be a promising year for the adaptation of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, has turned into a setback. Heat Vision is reporting that Screen Gems has dropped the film project.
Constantin Film, which controls the rights, will probably search for another studio to pick up the project. Ultimately it looks like financial issues were its downfall at Screen Gems.
Also, Scott Stewart, who was attached to direct the film, is no longer directing.
Now this news is sure to send shock-waves around the fandom, but all hope is not lost. Constantin Film could find a studio that could support the likely large budget that The Mortal Instruments would require.
Just because the film isn’t happening now doesn’t mean it won’t happen eventually.
This seems like a major setback, and let’s face it, it is. But we can only hope for the best in these types of situations. Maybe this is a good thing. If someone else picks up the project, maybe it won’t take as long to actually develop the film this time. This doesn’t mean there won’t be a movie.
The Fans are hard, but there are no ordinary Fans.