Constantin to Produce TV Series Based on ‘Mortal Instruments,’ ‘Resident Evil’ Franchises

Mortal Instruments City of Bones Movie

CANNES — Leading German production house Constantin Film is stepping up its TV series business with TV series spin-offs of the “Mortal Instruments” and “Resident Evil” movies.

Constantin exec board chairman Martin Moszkowicz confirmed the news at a launch for another Constantin high-end TV series, “Shades of Guilt,” at Mipcom TV market in Cannes Sunday.

Constantin has been involved in TV production for many years, and half of its activities is in TV, Moszkowicz said, but the company’s strategic goal was to shift more toward television. “We are increasing our TV activities substantially both in Germany and internationally,” he said. Fiction series would be the focus of the growth, he added.

He said that around two years ago the company had started to develop various international TV drama series, some of them English-language. “We are moving rapidly,” Moszkowicz said.

“Constantin has a lot of feature film brands and we are moving them into television. For instance, we own the rights to the book series ‘The Mortal Instruments,’ and we just hired a showrunner in Los Angeles, and our offices in Los Angeles and Canada are starting production next year on at least two or three international shows,” Moszkowicz said.

Other film brands to be adapted into TV series would include “Resident Evil,” which would become a TV series after the next feature film, and “Perfume.”

Showrunner Ed Decter, whose credits include “Unforgettable,” “The Client List” and “In Plain Sight,” has been attached to the “Mortal Instruments” series, according to unconfirmed reports. The series will move into production next year, Moszkowicz said.

The film “Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” was the first in what should have been a franchise, but production on the next installment, “Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes,” was shelved last year.

“City of Bones” took more than $100 million theatrically, and is doing very well on DVD, Moszkowicz told Variety. “Overall the picture will turn a profit — something that not all movies do,” he said.

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  1. Alyssa says:

    I understand that there will be a tv series called shadow hunters which will be the story of mortal instruments, but i am very disappointed as to how they are not using the same characters. I would very much love to see the series continue as a movie as well as the tv series. I absolutely loved the first movie and i even read the books. Please reconsider and continue to make the movie series. I was very excited to see them. I believe the first movie wasn’t as popular as you had hoped because it wasn’t advertised very well.

  2. Vicki B says:

    I really liked the movie but I did read the book series, I didn’t consider it a bomb. I felt that alot of the background information missing or just skipped but really would like to see it go further into the series with movies, delving deeper into the character’s backgrounds. Also, really needs more advertising because I didn’t know it was playing until I saw it on a marquee. I would have liked to look forward to it.

  3. The actors aren’t going to want to attach themselves to anything related to this box office bomb. They are going to distance themselves far far from it. Movie stars don’t generally follow box office bombs to television. You can barely get them to do tv. Especially young actors.

  4. Simmy says:

    i only want movies and original actors. The TV series won’t appeal as much. All of my friends just want all of them to be made into films.

  5. hanna says:

    Im ok w tv series but only if original actors will be in the series if not I wont watch should have never started as a movie w those actors im already attached this will suck..

  6. junior de farias says:

    *—*

  7. Dre says:

    Resident Evil as a serial episodic format isn’t a bad idea only if strays away from that silly movie universe with convoluted over-the-top slow motion sequences and less under the helm of Paul W.S. Anderson than I would be more and happy to welcome it with popcorn and remote control in hand. Stick the game series source material, its characters and give us ‘Resident Evil’ horror not Rambo action.

  8. liz timmons says:

    i think the mortal instruments city of ashes will be a good start in the TV series but i want to see the cast return even if lily collions cannot return i would like to see at least all of the other come back to the TV series but don’t get me wrong i would like to see lily collions return with the others to the TV series
    as well but i heard she may not. but i do hope she will love her too.

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