ABC Family Picks Up ‘Mortal Instruments’ Television Series

The young adult book turned film The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones did so poorly at the box office that its sequel City of Ashes was pretty much dead before filming even started.

Thankfully for fans, the series will see new life as a television show on ABC Family.

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The newest adaptation — based on the books by bestselling author Cassandra Clare — has received a straight-to-series order called Shadowhunters.

Production is set to begin this May in Toronto where the franchise will receive a brand new cast.

Said ABC Family president Tom Ascheim of the acquisition, “Shadowhunters is a big, epic saga that will resonate with viewers who come to ABC Family for the Harry Potter, Hunger Games and Twilight franchises.”

“A New York Times best-seller for 122-consecutive weeks, with over 35 million copies in print worldwide, Shadowhunters is the perfect story to share with our audience.”

To find out more about the Shadowhunter world, you can check out a series synopsis below:

Based on the six best-selling young adult fantasy book series, Shadowhunters follows 18 year old Clary Fray, who finds out on her birthday that she is not who she thinks she is, but rather comes from a long line of Shadowhunters — human-angel hybrids who hunt down demons. When her mother Jocelyn is kidnapped, Clary is thrown into the world of demon hunting with mysterious Shadowhunter Jace and her best friend, Simon. Now living among faeries, warlocks, vampires and werewolves, Clary begins a journey of self-discovery as she learns more about her past and what her future may hold.

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