Production on "The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes," the sequel to "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" currently playing in theaters, has been delayed. Executive producer Martin Moszkowicz confirmed the news to The Wrap. Production was set to start this month. It is stressed that the reason for the delay is an unfinished screenplay.
The decision to delay “City of Ashes” was made several days ago after Constantin spoke with its international distributors at the Toronto International Film Festival, Moszkowicz told TheWrap. While Constantin is committed to making the sequel, the company did not want to rush into production with an unfinished screenplay, preferring to take the time to get right.
Constantin appears to have the best interest of this franchise at heart and is taking the proper steps to ensure its success. I'm sure I speak for many when I say I'd rather wait longer and get the best film possible.
“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,” said executive producer Martin Moszkowicz of Constantin. “‘The Mortal Instruments’ series has an incredibly loyal and ardent fan base and is a bestselling book series. While taking Cassandra Clare’s vision to the screen, we want to make sure to draw on the full potential of the franchise.”
Martin Moszkowicz also took to Twitter to put fans at ease by saying, "I have the utmost respect for the #tmi fandom. we want to make CoA right. we will make good use of the time." Currently fans are tweeting #WeWantCityofAshes but please keep in mind that the studio has not said that the film is canceled but only that production has been postponed in order to finish and perfect the screenplay. "The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes" will still come to life on the big screen.
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