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.