The Mortal Instruments movie franchise may have been a bust, but it looks like we will be seeing our favorite shadowhunters on the small screen with the new ABC Family series Shadowhunters. I stumbled upon the news earlier through a tweet from series author Cassandra Clare that featured an updated book cover emblazoned with a sticker that reads “Soon to be an ABC Family original series,” and I immediately started scouring Google. So far, this is the current information I could find according to TMI Source.com:
- Several of the key characters from the books have already been cast. Katherine McNamara will step into the role of Clary Fray (played by Lily Collins in the film), a teenage girl discovering that she is a member of an angelic race tasked with protecting the earth from evil. Her geeky, intellectual badass best friend Simon Lewis will be portrayed by Alberto Rosende, and her mother’s shadowhunter-turned-werewolf father figure Luke Garroway will be played by Isaiah Mustafa. Dominc Sherwood will tackle the role of the beloved Jace Wayland, who is one of the most skilled shadowhunters and Clary’s main love interest. Rounding out the cast are the Lightwood siblings feisty Isabelle and quiet Alec, who will be played by Emeraude Toubia and Matthew Daddario, respectively. No word yet on the role of everyone’s favorite Brooklyn warlock Magnus Bane , but, hopefully, it will be announced soon.
- Shadowhunters is being produced by McG, the man behind hits like The O.C., Chuck, and Supernatural, Ed Decter, who worked on The Client List, In Plain Sight and Unforgettable. The show is being put by the studio Constantin Film, who also produced The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones film.
- Filming is slated to start at the end of May in Toronto and has already been ordered for 13 episodes for its first season.
- While there is no exact release date yet, Shadowhunters is expected to air sometime in early 2016 on ABC Family.
- For those out there who want to stay up to date on all the latest Shadowhunters news, you can like the show’s official Facebook page and follow it on Twitter and Instagram @ShadowhuntersTV.
As an avid fan of The Mortal Instruments, I am super excited for its latest incarnation as Shadowhunters. I always thought the show would be better as a television rather than a movie. The books are rich with characters and storylines that cannot be explored the way they should under the time constraints of a motion picture. One of the most unique things about the fandom is that it has expanded beyond the six original six books to include two spin-off series, several short stories, and an official shadowhunters handbook. There is tons of material to explore over many seasons. (Plus, given the option of roughly 13 hours of storytelling for television versus roughly two of film, well, I know what I would choose.) I can’t wait to see how this show’s writers, directors and cast interpret the story and breathe life into our beloved characters.
I’m going to try and update with Shadowhunters news as it becomes available. If any of you guys hear any tidbits, feel free to comment here or on the Facebook page or tweet them to me @WriteForBoots.
I have a good feeling about Shadowhunters. Now, we just have to get through the rest of the year until the premiere. (Now I have an excuse to reread the entire series.)