Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments ABC Freeform Style

It may still be a few months till January 2016, and still a further 12 days after that till the premiere of ABC Freeform ‘nee Family show Shadowhunters, but it already feels like the network has another hit on its hands. Based upon the young adult fantasy series by Cassandra Clare (who wrote a total of six books, the last being published in 2014) the new show is the second adaption of this popular franchise.

Starring Katherine McNamara as the series’ heroine Clary Fray, Shadowhunters follows the girl as she learns, after reaching 18 that nothing in the world is what it seems and that she can see things other’s cannot. The new birthday girl learns she very special and her family tree contains, not royalty, but a long line of half-angel/half-human shadowhunters. These “hunters” chase down demons and she joins a team of other hunters while learning of a whole host of supernatural entities that share our world.

“Shadowhunters” is produced by Constantin Film are producing Shadowhunters, Ed Decter (Helix, The Client List) and McG (Supernatural, Chuck) are the show’s executive producers and  the first episode will be directed by  McG . Apart from McNamara (as Fray)  the cast will include  Dominic Sherwood  (Jace Wayland), Alberto Rosende as Simon, Emeraude Toubia and will include Matthew Daddario  Isaiah Mustafa and Glee’s Harry Shum Jr.

The network will be wetting fans appetite for the new show in December, on the 6th, when a “making of” special.  Beyond the Shadows: The Making of Shadowhunters  showing fans of the Cassandra Clare book series a look at what went into making the series. This special, which will air at 9:30 pm ET/PT on Sunday December, 6, will include interviews with the show’s stars who will talk about what they did to prepare for their roles.

Beyond the Shadows: The Making of Shadowhunters is produced by Big Door, Inc. and Jen X Productions, Inc.,  Jennifer Erwin is executive producer and Max Yoffe is co-executive producer.

For those who are familiar with Clare’s books already below are two trailers released by the network. One is a promo, which will explain the series to fans and newbies alike and a “teaser” sneak peak is also included.  Not everyone will be familiar with the literary version of this new series, which has also been made into a film, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013)  and another installment of the big screen adaptation will hit the big screen in 2016.

Shadowhunters looks brilliant, in both the promo video and the sneak peak. This one has MikesFilmTalk pretty excited. Spectacular looking sets, some pretty cool FX and a glimpse of some exciting “sword play.” McNamara looks ready to take her character to the limit. Watch these video offerings and see what you think.  The series airs January 12, 2016, tune in and see if it delivers.


Author: Mike's Film Talk

Former Actor, Former Writer, Former Journalist, USAF Veteran, Former Member Nevada Film Critics Society

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