We recently got the update that The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes was being delayed, and may be cancelled. The film received less than stellar receipts at the box office, and an executive producer on the project says that they felt like they needed to have more time to “reposition the film in the current market place” for a better chance at success. Read more about that on our post HERE.
Author Cassandra Clare sounded off on this new development, and shared on her Tumblr that the script was not the best it could be, so she is glad they are holding off:
Speaking for myself —and honestly, for readers and fans, too — I think a delay could be good. The draft of the screenplay I saw for the first time last week was very far from the book City of Ashes, and if they’d really started shooting in September there wouldn’t have been time to change it. From the limited amount I know, it seems to me better to take the time to get it right than to rush ahead.
Bottom line: The movies are not up to me and I am not part of the production team that makes them. I am distanced from what’s going on right now also — I am in Provence writing City of Heavenly Fire* and having a late celebration of my birthday with a big group of friends. Do I totally sympathize with people being disappointed at the delay? I do. But like I said, movies are v.v. chancy and out of my control — I remember when Screen Gems dropped the project, and we all assumed that was that, and later they picked it back up again. There’s no way to know what will ever happen in films, especially if you’re not in the business. I am incredibly lucky in my career and my readers, and even if they made a movie where Magnus ran for president or something, it wouldn’t change that.
The issue with a delay is that actors and others involved may move on to other projects during the interim, causing the film to be delayed even more, and possibly put into “movie limbo” (read: never be made). However, we’re all hoping that won’t be the case.