The first trailer dropped last November, but Screen Gems stayed pretty mum between then and this last weekend, where The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones was a presence at WonderCon in Anaheim, California.
Check out our coverage of the film's panel, as well as two new character posters for Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower as Clary Fray and Jace Wayland, respectively, by clicking right here. And see IAR Managing Editor Jami Philbrick's exclusive Wondercon video interviews with Bower, Kevin Zegers, and author Cassandra Clare by clicking here.
Based on Clare's bestselling young adult novel, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones tracks the journey of Clary, a seemingly ordinary fifteen year-old. One night, while out clubbing in New York, Clary witnesses a bizarre and brutal murder right in the middle of the club. But somehow no one else saw it. Soon, Clary discovers that she is not a mundie like the rest of us, but is instead a half-angel, half-human Shadowhunter. When her mother, also possessed of "The Sight," is kidnapped, Clary signs up with a group of demon-slaying Shadowhunters, entering an invisible war in our own and finding herself up to her neck in supernatural shenanigans.
This new trailer, which debuted at Apple, focuses on Clary's arc from normal teen to badass demon hunter, as well as her romantic entanglement with Jace. Lena Headey also gets more time as Clary's mother Jocelyn, Harris shows up later in the trailer, and Robert Sheehan closes things out on a comedic note.
This one's directed by Harold Zwart, who directed the 2010 Karate Kid remake that didn't actually involve karate, as well as Agent Cody Banks and Pink Panther 2. Here, he's working from a screenplay by Jessica Postigo and I. Marlene King.
Clare's written a series of six novels following Clary, and Screen Gems is quite obviously hoping to get a reliable and lucrative franchise out of this one. So City of Bones could well lead to City of Ashes, City of Glass, City of Fallen Angels, City of Lost Souls, and City of Heavenly Fire. That last one hasn't actually hit as a novel yet, but it's scheduled for publication next spring.
We'll see if this franchise is meant to be when The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones opens on August 23rd.