German production company Constantin Film revealed at the Mipcom TV market in Cannes this weekend that they are developing TV show spin-offs for their film franchises Resident Evil and The Mortal Instruments. Here's what Constantin's Martin Moszkowicz had to say in a statement.
"We are moving rapidly. 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."
Ed Decter, who most recently produced TV shows such as Unforgettable and The Client List, is reportedly the showrunner attached to The Mortal Instruments, according to The Hollywood Reporter, with production slated to begin sometime next year.
The Mortal Instruments was initially slated to be a feature film franchise, starting with last year's The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, but the sequel, The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes, was shelved after the first movie opened to less then enthusiastic result. Martin Moszkowicz added that The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones has been doing well on DVD and will eventually turn a profit.
As for Resident Evil, production will begin after the last feature, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, hits theaters. We reported in August that production on the final movie was delayed to the summer of 2015, since star Milla Jovovich is pregnant with husband/director Paul W.S. Anderson's child.
What remains unclear about both shows is if franchise stars Milla Jovovich (Alice) and Lily Collins (Clary Fray) will return to reprise their roles, or if the shows will have a different focus than their feature film versions. Constantin Film is also developing a TV series based on the film Perfume.