The Hollywood Reporter announced that The Mortal Instruments will be renewed not as a movie sequel, but as a TV show
So the question is: Would you watch The Mortal Instruments as a TV show?
Our answer: Yes. Yes, we most certainly would.
If Stargate: SG1 has proven anything, it’s that a TV series following a movie can actually out-do the movie itself.
If Game of Thrones has proven anything, it’s that a book series translates better to the small screen rather than the silver screen.
And if Camelot can prove anything at all, it’s that Jamie Campbell Bower isn’t too good for TV. But as we all know, Camelot was just poor timing. Sometimes it’s not a good idea for British television and American television to try and do the same story at the same time, because one will certainly outshine the other. And how could even the glory that is Jamie Campbell Bower and Eva Green outshine this duo?
They can’t. They can do OK, but they can’t be better than Colin Morgan and Bradley James. #Sorrynotsorry
But would JCB actually return as Jace Wayland, Lily Collins at Clary Fray, and Robert Sheehan as Simon? Hard to say, as THR didn’t report that far. IMDB does have both Bower and Collins listed for the announcement of City of Ashes, but Robert Sheehan has had a crazy busy year and is not listed for the sequel, however that may take shape. (Want to see more of Robert Sheehan in a really good role? May we suggest Misfits?)
It wouldn’t be a bad move for everyone involved in the project to jump to the small screen. In fact, several of them have already been there for a while (Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Lena Hedley). If anyone else has a problem with it, TV has been doing great for everyone to increase celebrity status.
Exhibit A: Sherlock
Pre-Sherlock and Benedict Cumberbatch was the creepy pedophile in Atonement, Ioan Gruffudd’s best friend in Amazing Grace, and an officer in War Horse. Post-Sherlock and he’s the poster child for Star Trek: Into Darkness, The Imitation Game, and gets top bill for The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug without even showing face.
Exhibit B: House
Hugh Laurie has literally been around for decades and no one in America noticed him until House. Seriously. And now that you know who he is, I suggest Netflixing A Bit of Fry and Laurie which will definitely cause you to not only to continue to love Hugh Laurie, but you’ll also immediately follow the incredible Stephen Fry on Facebook and Twitter.
Exhibit C: The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D
Does it really need saying?
Exhibit D: Saturday Night Live
I…I don’t even know which image to use here. And nothing needs saying. At all. You get it.
Getting back on track, the answer is yes, we’d most definitely watch The Mortal Instruments if it came to television. We’d probably watch it in less than a week if Netflix or Hulu Plus picked it up and would keep it in our queue just like Merlin.
Instead of striping the series to fit into a two-hour time limit, a full season would help give the characters more depth, help the viewer to understand the significance of these powers and abilities, and, of course, give us more face time with the characters we love.
So are we excited? Yes! How about you? Sound off in the comments on Facebook, Tweet us, or Note something on Tumblr!