'Mortal Instruments,' 'Resident Evil' TV series are in the works
EW has learned that a deal is being finalized for a TV adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s popular book franchise. Constantin Film, the company who controls the rights to the series, has shifted its focus to producing a television drama based on the franchise. Production is set to begin in 2015, though no other details about the project’s development are currently known.
The news makes sense for the company, as the series showed few signs of life in theaters. City of Bones performed poorly at the box office, with a disappointing opening weekend that eventually led to only a $31 million domestic total—but there may be a second life for it on the smaller screen.
The series was first announced by Constantin’s Martin Moszkowicz at the MIPCOM event in Cannes. Moszkowicz also reportedly said that Constantin is looking into adapting its other film franchises into television series, including Perfume: The Story of a Murderer and the Resident Evil films. A representative from Constantin has confirmed, however, that only a deal for the Mortal Instruments series is currently being finalized.
The television series extension of Resident Evil, if the project moves forward, would likely not go into production until the sixth film, titled Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, is released in 2016. The possibility of this series, however, also likely means the rumored Resident Evil series Arklay is as dead as the franchise’s horde of zombie enemies.