This has to be the most exciting news to hit the internet this week! Showbiz Junkies put out an interview from Wondercon with author Cassandra Clare as she spoke about production being back-to-back for the next two books in The Mortal Instruments series: City of Ashes and City of Glass. That is, however, only if they are greenlit. I’m thinking the next films are almost definitely going to happen, if the amount of fans who tweet at us about the series actually show up to the theater:
They said that if they do the next ones they’re going to shoot them back-to-back, which I think is a really exciting idea because Ashes and Glass happen bang, bang on the heels of each other. This is a really fast-paced story and it only takes place in a couple of weeks. I think that it would be great for them to do that.
I think filming back-to-back is such a smart idea for this series. For instance, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire didn’t start filming until six months after the first installment hit theaters. Making the wait for the second film a year and a half of torture. Also looking back to The Twilight Saga they were smart in filming New Moon and Eclipse only three months apart making the wait for New Moon just a year after the first installment, and Eclipse with it’s summer release seven months later. Let’s hope the production companies take a chapter from the Twilight films, and get these movies out lightning fast! Filming back to back would cut down production costs, and if Harald Zwart does not sign back on it means we’ll still have a consistant director for the next two films. However, that will only be the case if City of Bones does well in the box office. Don’t get your hopes up yet, because we will have to wait until August 23rd for the green light.
While TMI fans have been patiently awaiting news on the movie adaptation of first book City of Bones, Clare says Screen Gems (the same studio that optioned TMI) is beginning to move forward on bringing the prequel series to the big screen too. “We’ve only gotten as far as the screenwriter,” she said. “They’re very enthusiastic about it. They were like, ‘What would you feel if we… released them the same way you released the books, alternating?’ I was like, ‘If you think that will work … you know about movies and I don’t!’ That would be really interesting. I don’t know if they would do one in the spring and one in the fall or what.”
This is just all too much exciting information. Of course that was back in 2011 and no one knows if this is still the case. If the movies do come out the way the books were published, would you want to see them alternately or completely separate? TMI Source has stated that Screenplay Writer Jessica Postigo has finished the City of Ashes script and has -or will begin- work on the City of Glass script, with the Clockwork Princess script in the works.
Tell your friends and family to get their mundane bodies into the theater this August! We all want this series to succeed and not lose it’s spark as Beautiful Creatures and The Host so sadly did in the box office.