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Shadowhunters Round-up: #TeenChoice, new character portraits + more

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Keeping in tradition of our new weekly round-ups, here’s what’s going on in the Shadow world:

  • The nominations for Teen Choice Awards 2016 are open until May 15, Noon PT. Vote for Shadowhunters, the actors, the ships and more by using appropriate #TeenChoice hashtags (see list here) or fill in nominees at the TCA website.
  • Stunt Coordinator, Steve Lucescu, shared two new portraits featuring Jace Wayland and Clary Fray [Instagram: 1, 2]
  • Katherine McNamara and Emeraude Toubia attended the NYLON Young Hollywood Party [Instagram]
  • Emeraude Toubia talks her journey to Hollywood [E! Online]
  • Harry Shum Jr. to star in digital series ‘Single by 30’ [The Hollywood Reporter]

Ed Decter talks adapting The Mortal Instruments into Shadowhunters

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The general consensus in the fandom, whether you liked Shadowhunters or not, seems to be that it’s a notch better than the movie.

Exec Producer Ed Decter talked to The Hollywood Reporter, and explained why adapting a grand saga like The Mortal Instruments into a TV show works better. One of the coolest bits is that Ed acknowledges the extended Shadow World – The Dark Artifices and more – as a source to fill up the world of the show.

Are you going to continue to stay true to the book all season long, or will you make any changes to the story?

We’re not changing the giant, essential truths that we all love about the series, but we’re getting to some of those things in different way. For instance, Luke isn’t a cop in the books. He owned a rare book store, which we didn’t feel was active enough and involved enough for a television series. It worked fine in the novels, of course.

Are there characters you couldn’t fit into the show that were in the books, or did you add any new characters?

It’s not really completely new but we have some characters that are amalgams of several characters in the books. In the novel, you can have 27 characters rattling around in a chapter if you want but just to not confuse the viewer and have an enormous cast every week, we combined certain things. Simon didn’t have a girlfriend at the beginning of the book but we combined a fan of his that we meet later in the books with a band member of his and created the character Maureen. We did that to condense the story, and we eventually get to all the things that happen to Simon and all the exciting things and huge transformations that he goes through, and we get to them in a slightly different way. Honestly, the books are everywhere in the writers’ room. We’ve also read the auxiliary series, The Dark Artifices, The Magnus Bane Chronicles, all to find little details or props we might need from those.

What lessons did you learn from the film franchise’s failure that you’re going to apply to the TV show?

I didn’t work on the movie, but what we learned was that just trying to compress this very big saga into an hour and a half was not the right approach. Having nothing to do with the execution of the movie, having just to do with the big concept of it, since it’s a really big world and that’s what it makes it great for television. We can go on and on and on infinitely renewing itself, whereas for a film, compressing it down took away from the wonder of each part of it. And in no way are we comparing ourselves to Chris Nolan, but trying to aspire to do what he did to the Batman franchise — which was taking a franchise that wasn’t that old and making it dark, sexy, unexpected — that was our goal with this show.

Is the first season going to follow the structure of the first book?

We’re not locked to season one is book one and season two is book two. For instance, book two takes place over the span of a week. Probably, season two is going to be more books two and three. There’s really no advantage to being locked to exactly the book structure because obviously the mediums are so different. We’re borrowing from all the books and using solutions in book six for some things here, but we’re doling out the general giant story in the same manner that she did, in the same order and sequence she did.

Read the full interview here.

‘The Mortal Instruments’ to return as TV series!

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After so long, here’s some actual news, Shadowhunters! According to The Hollywood ReporterThe Mortal Instruments is being relaunched as a high-end drama for TV!

Constantin has hired Ed Decter, whose writer-producer credits include Helix, Unforgettable, In Plain Sight and The Client List, as the showrunner for the Mortal Instruments series. The project is currently in development, with Constantin planning to begin production next year. No broadcast partners are yet attached to the series.

“It actually makes sense to do (the novels) as a TV series,” Constantin film and TV head Martin Moszkowicz told THR. “There was so much from the book that we had to leave out of the Mortal Instruments film. In the series we’ll be able to go deeper and explore this world in greater detail and depth.”

I, for one, am very excited about this! There is just so much going on in the Shadowhunter world that having a TV show exploring the storylines of all the different characters and settings makes much more sense.

While there were earlier talks about a possible The Infernal Devices TV show, looks like Constantin has taken that direction here. No word on the cast, however, but hopefully we’ll hear something soon!

What do you think?

Lily Collins talks MORTAL INSTRUMENTS, Clary Fray, training and more

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In an interview with Static Multimedia, Lily Collins talked about The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, discussing training for the movie, her character of Clary Fray, her career and dad Phil Collins. Check out excerpts from the interview below:

Are you fearless like your character?

I would like to think that I am feisty and fearless. My mom and I travelled to many countries when I was growing up, and I have jumped off a cliff in Paraguay, and jumped off a cliff to go swimming, and I swam with sharks. So, I would like to think that I have done some things. I think I like to take risks, not be unsafe, but like take as many risks as I can.

You mentioned training. What did you do?

I trained with a personal trainer for three months prior to filming, and I’ve always been a physical person. I love fitness and stuff, so that wasn’t the hardest part. We did stability and strength training and endurance training, and then with the stunt department, it was the same stunt department who had done Mirror, Mirror. So I really felt close to them, I knew them really well. We did sword fighting, acrobatics, aerial work, mortal combat, martial arts, every day, leading up to filming as well as getting up at maybe 4:30, 5 in the morning before filming to go in the gym and we all went through it together, so we would just get up early and just look at each other and be like, I can’t believe this.

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Lily Collins promises “heart pumping action,” “great music” and “high energy” in the new #TMIMovie trailer

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In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Lily Collins promises fans that they we will not be disappointed with the “heart pumping action” of the upcoming The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones trailer, which is going to debut at the Wondercon on Saturday and will be released online on April 1.

Check out excerpts of what Lily says about the trailer, the movie and the franchise:

“It ends, and you have to watch it again because there’s so much packed into the trailer,” the actress tells The Hollywood Reporter. “The first time I watched it, I asked to watch it three other times just ‘cause it’s so much that happens, it’s like a whirlwind.”

“As well as hopefully pleasing the fans of the series, I think we’re going to invite new people in and make them obsessed with the story as well,” Collins says. “I couldn’t be prouder of the project. I’m so excited for people to see it. I really think Harald [Zwart, the director] did an amazing job of taking what could’ve been a CGI-heavy, action-packed film and really made it about heart and character and emotion. Special effects are just the icing on top.”

“I was a fan before I was cast, so it’s something that I’ve been passionate about before really being involved in,” she says. “I believe in the producers at Constantin and I know that they have a really good taste level when it comes to the creative side… I just prayed that it wouldn’t come to the time when they were ready to shoot and I was doing something else.”

City of Bones is the first of a six-book series by Clare. Asked if she’ll be back to reprise her role of Clary, Collins says she is happily contracted to continue the series, but will be eagerly anticipating a green light on a potential franchise.

“As with any potential franchise, you just leave it up to kind of the fans and to see what happens,” she muses. “I signed on because I love Clary and I would want to play her for as long as I can. At the end of the day, you have to kind of step back and remove yourself and go, ‘OK, well we just have to see what happens’ and you go along with the flow. I think all of us would really love to play characters for as long as the fans will have it.”