ABC Family has picked up its first scripted saga-to-series, Shadowhunters, from The Mortal Instruments franchise, announced today by Tom Ascheim, President, ABC Family and Karey Burke, Executive Vice President, Programming and Development, ABC Family. The series will go into production this May in Toronto.
Based on the bestselling young adult fantasy book series The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, Shadowhunters follows 18-year-old Clary Fray, who finds out on her birthday that she is not who she thinks she is but rather comes from a long line of Shadowhunters - human-angel hybrids who hunt down demons. When her mother Jocelyn is kidnapped, Clary is thrown into the world of demon hunting with mysterious Shadowhunter Jace and her best friend, Simon. Now living among faeries, warlocks, vampires and werewolves, Clary begins a journey of self-discovery as she learns more about her past and what her future may hold. Here's what ABC Family's Tom Ascheim had to say in a statement.
"Shadowhunters is a big epic saga that will resonate with viewers who come to ABC Family for the Harry Potter, Hunger Games and Twilight franchises. A New York Times bestseller for 122-consecutive weeks, with over 35 million copies in print worldwide, Shadowhunters is the perfect story to share with our audience."
ABC Family's Karey Burke also offered another statement.
"Clary is a strong, dynamic and captivating character that our audience will immediately identify with. They will want her to succeed and will root for her on her journey to become who she was always meant to be. The series has a passionate fan base and an expansive universe that can sustain multiple seasons to come."
Author Cassandra Clare had this to say about her novels being adapted for the small screen on ABC Family.
"I'm excited to see ABC Family bring the world of the Shadowhunters to life. As a huge fan of long-form television drama, I can't wait to see the story unfold and for the fans to have more time with the world and the characters."
Shadowhunters is produced by Constantin Film, and Ed Decter serves as executive producer and showrunner. Cast members will be announced at a later date. The first book, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, was adapted into a 2013 feature film starring Lily Collins as Clary Fray, but we haven't heard much about the proposed follow-up, The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes, as of late. What do you think about Cassandra Clare's books being turned into an ABC Family TV series? Let us know what you think below, and stay tuned for more updates.