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The Mortal Instruments is coming to television

The Mortal Instruments started as a best-selling YA series and then fizzled at the box office, but producers are hopeful it will be a hit on the small screen.

Constantin Film will start production on a high-end drama series based on the books in 2015, The Hollywood Reporter says. The company planned on turning The Mortal Instruments — a series of six fantasy novels written by Cassandra Clare — into a movie franchise, but those plans were scrapped after the first film brought in just $31 million domestically.

"It actually makes sense to do [the novels] as a TV series," Martin Moszkowicz, film and TV head for Constantin Film, told The Hollywood Reporter. "There was so much from the book that we had to leave out of the Mortal Instrument's film. In the series we'll be able to go deeper and explore this world in greater details and depth."