Phewwwwwwww! That was a close one!
As you may know, the Mortal Instruments second movie, City of Ashes, was almost axed due to it's under-performance at the box office!!
BUUUUUUUT, the film has been saved and this makes Jamie Campbell-Bower a very happy camper!
Phew!!! That was a close one!
Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower will be back on the big screen soon in Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes, the sequel to City of Bones!
But the two Shadowhunters should be counting their blessings because this second installment almost didn't happen!
The film's production company shut the movie down after the first flick MAJORLY underperformed at the box office when it was released in August!
The YA action-packed love story, an adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s best-selling book series, only managed to rake in $31 million at the American box office!
And that's no good, considering the film reportedly had a budget of more than $60 MILL!
Nevertheless, film executive Martin Moszkowicz says they are still committed to making the sequel, and it all might be because of the response they received from fans! Martin explained:
Harry Potter fans can't stop talking about the brand new movie that will transport us all back to the world of witchcraft and wizardry!
But Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them takes place over 70 years before the events of J.K. Rowling's original series.
So could we see ANY of the characters return??
Well, here are a few of the possibilities!
Ch-ch-check 'em ouuut …AFTER THE JUMP!!!
Ashley Greene and Jamie Campbell-Bower were spotted roaming the mean streets of Manhattan earlier this week!
We've already seen the Twilight starlet chillaxing at Fashion Week and posing topless for a film, but we didn't realize she brought a co-star with her to the Big Apple!!
Breakfast, eh?! We wonder…
Old friends catching up over over a cup of joe at Denny's? Or did they maybe climb out of the same bed this morning?
Hmm, a super-steamy evening of sexy time would leave the two of them ravenous in the A.M. and eager to replenish their fluids!
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The sequel to Mortal Instruments: City of Bones was all set to begin shooting next week! We were even just talking to the cast about getting back to work on City of Ashes!
But production has now been shut down INDEFINITELY following MI's poor performance at the box office last month!
City of Ashes had already signed on Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower to return for the second installment, while Sigourney Weaver was also expected to join the cast!
After only a $58 million take at the box-office for City of Bones though, producers are now wondering if they have a hit on their hands or if they should bail out off this YA franchise altogether!
The executive producer of the flick, Martin Moszkowicz, is now saying that the decision to halt production was not an easy one, but that they are still very much committed to making the second movie. Martin explained:
Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower called it a wrap earlier this month on their relationship, but at the Berlin premiere of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones this week, they looked like they might be rethinking the rupture.
After all, Mortals do make mistakes!
The pair looked SUPES happy and handsy for two people who just broke up with each other.
Perhaps life will imitate art again, as their characters in the film, which opens this week, fall in love while battling demons. As you do.
Can’t wait to see what happens with these two — on the screen AND off!
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