In 2014, Constantin Films, which owns the rights to the Shadowhunter books, announced that they would not be doing a film of City of Ashes, but would instead be developing a television show. They attached show runner Ed Decter (Helix) and the show was picked up by ABC Family, which will start airing the episodes in January.
In the meantime, please understand that I have nothing to do with the decision to make a television show instead of more movies. I have nothing to do with any casting or recasting decisions. I have less control over this than I have over the orbit of Jupiter. I understand that there are tons of fans who feel strongly about keeping or changing the cast, or making more movies, and I respect those feelings, but I have no more power than you to effect any change.
Writers don’t make movies. Movie studios make movies. And television studios make television. You can reach ABC Family at @shadowhuntersTV, or at their Facebook.
Cast announced so far:
- Katherine McNamara...Clary Fray
- Dominic Sherwood...Jace Wayland
- Alberto Rosende...Simon Lewis
- Emeraude Toubia...Isabelle Lightwood
- Matthew Daddario...Alec Lightwood
- Isaiah Mustafa...Luke Garroway
- Alan Van Sprang...Valentine Morgenstern
- Harry Shum, Jr...Magnus Bane
- Who would you like to play Sebastian/Maia/Jocelyn/Raphael/etc? What do you think of this actor I like for Sebastian/Maia/Jocelyn/Raphael/etc?
I feel like the casting team has done a great job so far, and I trust them to cast the future roles. I try not to participate in any kind of fan casting, or giving opinions on actors who have not been cast. If you are really dedicated, you could tweet to ABC Family, or to the casting director on Twitter, with your thoughts. 🙂
No -- at the moment we are on different continents. Hopefully I will meet them on set, since they will be filming through October. You can follow them on their Twitters.
The projected start date for filming is May 25.
The likelihood is that the show will air in early 2016. There's no specific date set yet, though.
Unfortunately, there's no way for me to know that. You're better off looking out for news in your own country.
I have absolutely no idea, and no influence over those kinds of decisions. I'll probably find out when you do--when they release promo photos.
No, I am not involved with the scripts. I don't know what happens in the show, and the scripts are embargoed, meaning that they are distributed to only a very few people, so that no information will leak.
IMDB is wrong. I am not a co-writer, or a staff writer, or a consultant on this show.
Again, I'm sorry, but I don't know. I'm just not involved in those kinds of decisions. We will just have to wait and see how it plays out.
Yes, I like the cast.
- What happened to the cast of the movie? Didn't you like the cast of the movie? Are you sad that the cast of the movie aren't playing the roles in the TV show?
The cast of the movie are well and thriving doing other projects. I like them all very much, and consider it a privilege to have met them. The Mortal Instruments movie and the Shadowhunters TV show are two totally different projects made by totally different people, and therefore have different casts, just like they'll have different sets and different scripts. I'm also a fan of the cast of the TV show, and don't want to pick favorites.
The ABC Family team runs several social media accounts.
You can also check the site http://www.tmisource.com/ which does a good job of keeping up to date on TMI developments.
I believe it will begin airing in January 2016.
It will be airing on ABC Family in the US. I don't know if/where/how it will air in other countries at this time.
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