8:15am PT by Stuart Kemp
Cannes: Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower Set for 'Mortal Instruments' Sequel
LONDON – Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower will be touted to buyers as part of a package for the second movie in the The Mortal Instruments franchise before movie audiences see a werewolf slain in anger in the yet-to-be-released first film.
Mister Smith Entertainment CEO David Garrett said Wednesday the Constantin Film and Unique Feature production The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes, the sequel to the upcoming The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, set to roll out worldwide in August this year, will be aiming to hunt down deals.
The sequel, based on Cassandra Clare’s YA novels, follows the story of Ciary Fray as she battles in a world of werewolves and vampires.
Screen Gems will release the first outing with Collins and Bower in the U.S. August 23, 2013.
Harald Zwart (The Karate Kid) returns to direct the sequel along with Collins and Bower with shooting scheduled to start this fall from a screenplay penned by Jessica Postigo Paquette, who also wrote the script for City of Bones.
Robert Kulzer (The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, Resident Evil franchise) is producing for Constantin Film alongside Don Carmody (Resident Evil franchise).
Executive producers are Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne (The Lord of The Rings franchise) for Unique Features and Martin Moszkowicz for Constantin Film.
Moszkowicz said: "We are outstandingly proud of what has been achieved on The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones – and what better proof would there be than putting the next installment of Cassandra Clare’s phenomenal vision – City of Ashes - into production now."
Clare’s book series has been translated in 34 languages and has sold over 16 million copies worldwide.