In case you missed it, it’s true – Constantin Films has decided to turn the failed The Mortal Instruments film series, which tanked after one outing at the box office, into a television series. The Hollywood Reporter says that a show runner has been hired (in this case, the guy who created Helix on Syfy), scripts are in the works, and production will begin next year. Of course, what they’re saying now is that television will better serve the books, giving it more room to unravel the story instead of cramming 2 hours worth of back story into a 2 hour movie, leaving little room for plot, besides the fact it suffered from a horrible script, horrible acting, and horrible special effects.
Only time will tell if this will even make it to television, because as we all know, YA fans, even the most popular of boom series have horrible times making it to the small screen.
Delirium was purchased by Fox a couple years ago and a pilot was made starring Emma Roberts as heroine Lena. Except the pilot was the entirety of the first book condensed into an hour, and the acting was some of the worst seen in a long time. It’s no wonder that this one didn’t make the cut. While the pilot is no longer available on Youtube (it was a limited time only deal alas), you can check out Bibliodaze’s review here.
When at first you don’t succeed, the CW tries again, which is why The Selection has two pilots out there to be forgotten and never make it to television. And rumor has it that both attempts at a pilot were super underwhelming. One pilot condensed all of book one into one episode, while another pilot (or was it the same pilot?) turned Maxon into a womanizing asshole worthy of a shiv to the side. The other reason why this pilot was never picked up? The CW went with “Reign” instead, which is now entering its second season. You can check out some scenes and the leaked pilot here.
So what do you guys think? Remember that Constantin had said they were moving forward with City of Ashes even after City of Bones flopped, even going as far as signing Sigourney Weaver to a major part. Will this series happen? Will a channel take a chance on it? Or will it just fade away to be forgotten once more?