With Twilight raking in millions and The Hunger Games looking like it’s going to break the bank, everyone in Hollywood is looking for the next big young adult franchise, and one that’s being slowly put together is The Mortal Instruments, based on Cassandra Clare’s best-selling book series.
A few months ago it was reported that Lily Collins was in talks to play the lead role. That’s now been confirmed by Constantin Film and Unique Features, who have also signed Harald Zwart (The Karate Kid, Agent Cody Banks) to direct the movie.
The series’ first book, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, is set in contemporary New York City and follows a seemingly ordinary teenager, Clary Fray (Collins), who discovers she is the descendant of a line of Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of young half-angel warriors locked in an ancient battle to protect our world from demons. After the disappearance of her mother, Clary must join forces with a group of Shadowhunters, who introduce her to a dangerous alternate New York called Downworld, filled with demons, warlocks, vampires, werewolves and other deadly creatures.
Principal photography is expected to begin August 15 in Toronto, but whether this will be the new Twilight is yet to be seen.