When The Mortal Instruments film failed to catch on at the box office, plans for a sequel were quickly scrapped and it appeared fans of Cassandra Clare’s bestselling book series wouldn’t be able to see Clary or Jace transition to the big screen ever again. And while there isn’t a feature film starring Lily Collins or Jamie Campbell Bower in the works, there is now an ABC Family series moving forward based on the books and titled Shadowhunters. The cast of the new series has not yet been announced, however ABC Family did reveal that Ed Decter (Helix) will be the Shadowhunters executive producer and showrunner.
Author Clare helped make the official announcement via a video posted to Twitter:
— ABC Family (@ABCFamily) March 30, 2015
Shadowhunters marks ABC Family’s first scripted saga-to-series project, and shooting is expected to begin in May 2015. “Shadowhunters is a big epic saga that will resonate with viewers who come to ABC Family for the Harry Potter, Hunger Games, and Twilight franchises,” stated Tom Ascheim, President, ABC Family and Karey Burke, Executive Vice President, Programming and Development, ABC Family. “A New York Times bestseller for 122-consecutive weeks, with over 35 million copies in print worldwide, Shadowhunters is the perfect story to share with our audience.”
And author Clare added, “I’m excited to see ABC Family bring the world of the Shadowhunters to life. As a huge fan of long-form television drama, I can’t wait to see the story unfold and for the fans to have more time with the world and the characters.”
Based on the bestselling young adult fantasy book series The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, Shadowhunters follows 18-year-old Clary Fray, who finds out on her birthday that she is not who she thinks she is but rather comes from a long line of Shadowhunters – human-angel hybrids who hunt down demons. When her mother Jocelyn is kidnapped, Clary is thrown into the world of demon hunting with mysterious Shadowhunter Jace and her best friend, Simon. Now living among faeries, warlocks, vampires and werewolves, Clary begins a journey of self-discovery as she learns more about her past and what her future may hold.
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