'The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes' Pushed After Lackluster Franchise Opening

Sophie Schillaci
The Hollywood Reporter
'The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes' Pushed After Lackluster Franchise Opening

The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes has been pushed in the wake of a lackluster box office opening for its predecessor, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.

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Constantin Film announced on Tuesday that principal photography on the sequel, which was already in production with Sigourney Weaver attached to join the cast, has been delayed. A statement from the production company states that it will use the time to "analyze the results to date and reposition the franchise in order to maximize results for future installments."

City of Bones, adapted from Cassandra Clare's best-selling novel of the same name and released by Sony, took in $14 million over the course of its five-day opening (the film hit theaters on Wednesday, Aug. 21). Producers of the $60 million film, starring Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower, hoped to compensate for the underwhelming opening overseas. To date, the film has grossed $37 million worldwide.

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Harald Zwart directed the critically panned film, which THR film critic Michael Rechtshaffen dubbed a "desperate Twilight wannabe" which "hits more than its own share of clunky notes."

Speaking with THR at a press day for the film in August, Zwart said that he was "very excited about the script" for City of Ashes, adding: "It's gonna be even more complex and scary than the first one."

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