UPDATE: [tweet https://twitter.com/mmoszkowicz/status/377612096059351040]
It was officially announced in a press release from Constantin Films that the sequel to The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones will be delayed. The production company stated in that press release that they will take this extra time “analyze the results to date and reposition the franchise in order to maximize results for future installments.”
City of Bones, adapted from the novel written by Cassandra Clare and released by Sony, took in $14 million over the course of it’s five-day opening. The film itself took $60 million to produce and producers were hoping the film would make up the cost in it’s overseas box office sales. To date the film has made $37 million worldwide, not even close to covering what it cost to make the film in the first place.
Director Harald Zwart had high hopes for the sequel after seeing the script. Zwart was quoted saying he was, “very excited about the script” for City of Ashes, adding: “It’s gonna be even more complex and scary than the first one.”
Mark Moszkowicz of Constantin Films had this to say: “Constantin Film has a long tradition of adapting books to the big screen. Pushing back the start of production of City of Ashes was a decision we did not take lightly. But after speaking with all of our partners on the creative and distribution side, it was clear that it will be beneficial to have more time to reposition the film in the current market place. The Mortal Instruments series has an incredibly loyal and ardent fan base and is a bestselling book series. While taking Cassandra Claire’s [sic] vision to the screen we want to make sure to draw on the full potential of the franchise.”
Unfortunately for fans, City of Ashes is officially pulled from production until further notice.