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You can blame the huge success of Fargo for this. Hollywood, even before that, had been moving more and more to exploiting movie properties on the small screen. But since Fargo married up critical acclaim to a good audience? All bets are off.
Here are 23 - count 'em! - currently in differing stages of production...
The film: Earning Tom Hanks his first Oscar nomination, the beloved 1988 comedy drama Big saw him as Josh Baskin who, courtesy of a Zoltar machine, turns into an adult. Romance, work, and playing on a big piano follow.
Constantin Films really wanted "The Mortal Instruments" to be a hit and become the next big Ya franchise. Even though "The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones" effectively tanked, they pushed on with plans for a sequel, with promises made last fall that "The Mortal Instruments: City Of Ashes" would shoot this year. That was the last anyone heard of it, but it looks like fans of Cassandra Clare's book series have reason to keep hope alive. The studio announced at New York Comic Con that a TV series based on the books is in the works. “It actually makes sense to do (the novels) as a TV series,” Constantin's Martin Moszkowicz said to THR. “There was so much from the book that we had to leave out of the 'Mortal Instruments' film. In the series we'll be able to go deeper and explore this world in greater detail and depth. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones failed (pretty spectacularly) at the box office last year, but the Ya novel is getting a second shot at an adaptation. This time, it's coming to the small screen as "a high-end drama series." In case you haven't read Cassandra Clare's books or seen the movie, the story follows a young girl (played by Lily Collins in the film) who discovers a dangerous and magical city under New York called Downworld. The fantasy books have been bestsellers, so hopefully the show will connect with the built-in fan base more than the movie did. »
While production on a sequel to The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones resumed after first being stalled, it seems that project has actually transformed from a film sequel to a television series. EW has learned that a deal is being finalized for a TV adaptation of Cassandra Clare's popular book franchise. Constantin Film, the company who controls the rights to the series, has shifted its focus to producing a television drama based on the franchise. Production is set to begin in 2015, though no other details about the project's development are currently known. The news makes sense for the company, »
- Jonathon Dornbush
Talk about immortality! (Sorry.) The Hollywood Reporter shares that The Mortal Instruments, Cassandra Clare’s bestselling and beloved Ya book franchise (that first started as Harry Potter fan fiction, lest we forget), is bound for the small screen. And, no, you’re not misremembering things here – the series has already made one attempt at adaptation, with last year’s underperforming feature film, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. The Lily Collins-starring feature was originally imagined as a franchise starter, but the film made less than $32m at the American box office (interestingly, the feature did make a grand total of $90.5m with worldwide receipts, but such a take still puts it in the bottom half of Ya adaptations). Although there has been some chatter about lensing a second feature, it now appears that these Instruments are pointing in a different direction. Constantin Film, the rights-holding production company, will now revisit the series as a “high-end drama »
- Kate Erbland
"The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" was a box office disappointment last year, delaying production of its sequel, "City of Ashes." But fans of the Cassandra Clare Ya books will still have a chance to see an adaptation of the series, which is set to move to the small screen as a TV show.
The Hollywood Reporter writes that "The Mortal Instruments" is being developed by production company Constantin Film as "a high-end drama series," which will begin production next year. No network is attached to the project yet.
When it bowed in 2013, "The Mortal Instruments," which starred Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower, banked only $31 million at the domestic box office, a disappointing total that put its big screen follow-up on an indefinite hold. But now, Martin Moszkowicz, head of film and TV projects at Constantin, tells THR that a television adaptation will be more beneficial to Clare's stories. »
- Katie Roberts
After fizzling at the box-office as a potential film franchise, Cassandra Clare's young adult fantasy novel series "The Mortal Instruments" is being re-developed as a TV series.
Ed Decter ("Helix," "Unforgettable," "The Client List") is developing the small screen version for Constantin Film who controls the rights and produced the previous film which starred Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower.
No broadcast partners are yet onboard the new version which is being billed as a high-end drama series that will be able to more faithfully translate Clare's work to the screen. Production aims to get underway next year.
Source: THR »
- Garth Franklin
After stalling at the box office, The Mortal Instruments is coming back. As a television series. Constantin Film, the production company that controls the rights to Cassandra Clare's best-selling Ya fantasy franchise and which produced The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones film, is relaunching Mortal Instruments as a high-end drama series. Constantin has hired Ed Decter, whose writer-producer credits include Helix, Unforgettable, In Plain Sight and The Client List, as the showrunner for the Mortal Instruments series. The project is currently in development, with Constantin planning to begin production next year. No broadcast partners are yet attached
- Scott Roxborough
The future for the Mortal Instruments franchise on screen has taken another intriguing turn. While the most recent announcement was that the second book, City Of Ashes was still in development as a film, this weekend brought word that the stories will actually move forward as a TV series.Though Constantin Film had hoped to turn Cassandra Clare’s books into a movie franchise, the lacklustre reception for last year’s City Of Bones has forced some new thinking. Now writer/producer Ed Decter has been hired to develop the series for potential production next year.“It actually makes sense to do (the novels) as a TV series,” Constantin film and TV head Martin Moszkowicz tells The Hollywood Reporter. “There was so much from the book that we had to leave out of the Mortal Instruments film. In the series we'll be able to go deeper and explore this world in greater detail and depth. »
The Maze Runner will finally hit theaters this Friday, September 19th.
Published in October 2009 and based upon the first book in a bestselling series by James Dashner, the novel became a New York Times Best Seller and captured the imaginations of readers around the world. Fans have described it as a combination of Lord of the Flies, The Hunger Games, and the legendary television series Lost.
Books to film – especially young adult adaptations – are big bucks at the box office. Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games and The Twilight Saga franchises have collectively grossed more than $5 billion at the worldwide box office, and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is the 10th highest-grossing film of all time.
Over the weekend, Variety reported:
- Movie Geeks
With the release of the sixth and final book in the bestselling series, The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, we spoke to the prolific author about her series and about the finale ‘City of Heavenly Fire‘, published this week.
The young adult series has sold 26 million copies worldwide, and the film adaptation of the first book was released at the end of 2013.
Thn asked Cassandra about the origin of these already iconic characters, the impressive role of strong female leads, her influences and what she thought of the casting of Lily Collins and company for the film. Have a read of our interview in full below:
Where did the stories begin with you and how did you come up with the characters?
The story began for me when I was living in New York and I had just moved there. I had been researching folk law, and I found a »
- Dan Bullock
After negotiations first broke surrounding the role last month, Joseph Gordon-Levitt has at last been confirmed to star in Robert Zemeckis’ adaptation at Tristar of Petit’s book, “To Reach The Clouds." Following the journey toward Philippe Petit’s daring stunt of tightrope-walking between the World Trade Center towers in 1974, the film will Zemeckis direct Levitt as Petit from a script written by him and Christopher Browne; also—this being Zemeckis—it will utilize 3D to gain the most stomach-lurching cinematography that the “Flight” helmer can muster. The film goes into production this May. [Variety] Actress Lily Collins spent much of last year stuck in franchise panic, as planned heavyweight “The Mortal Instruments” weathered delays and production halts following the first installment’s poor critical and box office reception. Her long-term duty to Cassandra Clare’s series remains uncertain, but for now she’s signed on to another adaptation: “How To Be Single, »
- Charlie Schmidlin
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