On August 22, 2009, Cassandra Clare announced at an event in Central Park, that The Mortal Instruments would be made into a trilogy of films!

Unique Features to Develop and Produce a Trilogy of Films Based on Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments

New York, NY – August 22, 2009 — Bob Shaye and Michael Lynn’s Unique Features will develop and produce The Mortal Instruments, the trilogy based on the supernatural New York Times Best-Selling young adult fantasy series of the same name, written by Cassandra Clare.

“We are excited to be developing and producing the fantastic written by her and look forward to bringing her fantasy series to the big screen,” said Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne.

A lot of you already have intimations of this announcement, given that it was mentioned in Variety and other news outlets — but I wanted to wait until all the contracts were signed and the ink was dry before I said anything. So: the film rights to The Mortal Instruments have been optioned by Unique Features. This is a film production company set up by former founders and co-presidents of New Line Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne, who oversaw the production of the Lord of the Rings movies — probably my favorite fantasy movies of all time. They're very dedicated to fantasy and they understand it, and I definitely trust them with the story of the Mortal Instruments.

Now, a book series being optioned doesn't mean a film is being made right now or is definitely going to be made at all — it means that the studio or production company in question is developing the books as a film project — right now they've nailed down financing and a screenwriter (I don't know who that is yet) and are working towards the next stages in the development project. It is, however, an important step in the movie-making process, so I feel like it's okay to be excited about it. :)

-As posted on Cassie's LJ

Screen Gems has teamed with Constantin Film and Unique Features to develop the motion picture franchise MORTAL INSTRUMENTS based on The New York Times Bestselling book series The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. Jessica Postigo penned the script which is based on the first book in the series, City of Bones.** Constantin Film’s head of Film & TV Martin Moszkowicz will executive produce and Robert Kulzer will produce the project via the Constantin Film banner along with producing partners Michael Lynne, Robert Shaye, and executive producer Dylan Sellers via their Unique Features banner.

-As posted on Cassie's LJ

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