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According to The Wrap, Martin Moszkowicz confirmed to them that the production has shut down indefinitely. A subsequent press release from Constantin did not address when production may resume.
“Constantin Film has a long tradition of adapting books to the big screen. Pushing back the start of production of ‘City of Ashes’ was a decision we did not take lightly. But after speaking with all of our partners on the creative and distribution side, it was clear that it will be beneficial to have more time to reposition the film in the current market place,” said executive producer Martin Moszkowicz of Constantin. “‘The Mortal Instruments’ series has an incredibly loyal and ardent fan base and is a bestselling book series. While taking Cassandra Clare’s vision to the screen, we want to make sure to draw on the full potential of the franchise.”
In addition The Wrap says that,
“The decision to delay “City of Ashes” was made several days ago after Constantin spoke with its international distributors at the Toronto International Film Festival, Moszkowicz told TheWrap. While Constantin is committed to making the sequel, the company did not want to rush into production with an unfinished screenplay, preferring to take the time to get right.”
On August 15 Harald Zwart still tweeted that he was back in Toronto to work on the storyboard, which certainly gives credence to the press release.
Furthermore, Martin Moszkowicz tweeted that he has the utmost respect for the TMI fandom, and that they want to make City of Ashes right and make good use of the time.
Hopefully Constantin will be able to give us a new start of filming date soon. In the meanwhile, let us support the production team in any way we can!