THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS Gets Second Chance as TV Series

‘Resident Evil’ and ‘Perfume’ also getting TV spin-offs…

Hollywood’s cinematic take on Cassandra Clare’s young adult book series, ‘The Mortal Instruments,’ may have flopped at the box office, but that does not mean the franchise’s creative team has given up, as THR has learned that a small screen re-launch is on the cards.

Constantin Film, the production company behind the property, is foregoing its plans for feature sequels, hiring TV writer-producer Ed Decter (‘Helix,’ ‘Unforgettable,’ ‘In Plain Sight,’ ‘The Client List’) to develop the fantasy series with the aim of going into production next year.

“It actually makes sense to do (the novels) as a TV series,” Constantin’s Martin Moszkowicz told THR. “There was so much from the book that we had to leave out of the ‘Mortal Instruments’ film. In the series we’ll be able to go deeper and explore this world in greater detail and depth.”

The first in what should have been a film franchise, ‘The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones’ starred Lily Collins as Clary Fray, a young woman whose life is turned upside down when her mother is kidnapped and it’s revealed that she and her mother are actually shadowhunters – billed with protecting the world from downworlders such as vampires, werewolves and demons.

Constantin also has TV series spin-offs plans for its other properties, including ‘Resident Evil,’ which would become a series after the next feature film, and the 2006 Ben Whishaw-led thriller ‘Perfume: The Story of a Murderer.’