With the barrage of casting news that has come out in the past week, I think it’s time for me to finally talk about Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments, the TV series adapted from The Mortal Instruments book series written by Cassandra Clare.
City of Bones – the first book in the series – was adapted into a feature film in 2013, but despite being highly anticipated by the series’ large fanbase it did not do well at the box office. Plans to move on with the franchise were scrapped, re-visited, scrapped again and then re-packaged as a TV show.
City of Bones is the story of Clary Fray, a normal teenager who finds out that her life is not as normal as it seems. The world from which she comes from is full of Shadowhunters – a race of warriors created by the angel Raziel that are trained to hunt and fight demons and other supernatural entities. Clary’s mother Jocelyn once belonged to a rogue group of Shadowhunters called The Circle, created and led by her former husband, Valentine Morganstern. After the fall of The Circle, a pregnant Jocelyn fled to New York and has been in hiding for the past 18 years. Clary’s memories have been continually wiped away through the use of magic, and as she nears her birthday she starts to see things – and people – she never saw before, which eventually pulls her in to the dangerous world her mother has tried to shield her from. Family secrets, new friends, a complicated family history and a magical cup are only the beginning of Clary’s adventures.
PERSONAL NOTE: I actually liked the movie, and with a few exceptions I actually loved the casting of the film. That being said, I am pleased with the fact that they are moving to the small screen, because I feel that the complexity of the story – especially in regard to the Valentine/Clary/Jace situation (which was completely mishandled in the film IMHO) – deserves more time to explore than was allowed in the film.
From what we know about the show so far, Shadowhunters will start at the beginning of the story, which will completely negate the film. The characters have been completely re-cast, and for the show they will also be aged 2-3 older than they are in the books/film (Clary starts the story as a 15-year old). This is the casting that has been announced so far: