Lynne and I both really disliked The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones movie adaptation of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bonesbook written by Cassandra Clare (released on DVD 3rd December 2013). The movie was a terrible mix of cheesy moments, a love-hexagon, and a plot that made pretty much no sense if you haven’t read the book! We weren’t the only ones left unimpressed by the movie. For example, The Telegraph said, “the plot is an incomprehensible tangle of dead ends and recaps, and afterwards you realise only two things have stuck: the story’s countless unsubtle borrowings from very recent pop culture… and a brief aside in which we learn one of the earliest demon-hunters was Johann Sebastian Bach“.
According to The Hollywood Reporter (see articule here: Constantin to Restart Production on ‘Mortal Instruments’ Sequel in 2014 (Exclusive)) The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones movie bombed in the box office, bringing in under $100 million. The company halted the production of The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes, based on the second book in The Mortal Instruments series, which was already underway. Constantin has announced that they will be resuming the production of The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes after all. Martin Moszkowicz, Constantin Film’s head of film and TV, is quoted as saying, “We are analyzing what we did wrong with the first film — particularly with the positioning and marketing — and what changes we have to make. We are working with a great group of people to reposition the franchise [for City of Ashes]…The readers of Mortal Instruments are older than you might think…That may have been one issue in our marketing, that we focused too much on a very young audience segment.”
My concern is that Constantin are focusing on the marketing as being incorrectly targeted at a very young audience segment. There’s no mention of the movie, and yet this too was aimed at a very young audience segment. The cheesy moments might young, young-adults between 10-13 year olds swoon, but they make older young adults roll their eyes and scream “Oh, no, they didn’t!” I am not expecting The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes to improve, and even if it someone miraculously morphs into an epic movie, there will always be The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones movie. They need to stop and start again.
What did you think of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones movie? Do you think that The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes will be able to redeem the franchise?