So here are the announcements — and I'm glad to be able to share them with everyone!
1) There's going to be a fourth Mortal Instruments book. I'm going to paste in the news from the press release here. Keep in mind that everyone sounds like a jerk in press releases for some reason.
New York, NY, August 24, 2009—Margaret K. McElderry Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, has acquired City of Fallen Angels, a fourth book in Cassandra Clare’s bestselling young adult fantasy series, The Mortal Instruments, which has over 1 million books in print. City of Fallen Angels will publish in hardcover in March 2011, followed by a paperback edition in July 2012.
A description of the plot of CoFA can be found here:
Also, keep in mind that — despite the apparent finality of press releases — release dates and titles are all subject to change.
2) (And the one everyone's been waiting for . . . ) A lot of you already have intimations of this announcement, given that it was mentioned in Variety and other news outlets — but I wanted to wait until all the contracts were signed and the ink was dry before I said anything. So: the film rights to The Mortal Instruments have been optioned by Unique Features. This is a film production company set up by former founders and co-presidents of New Line Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne, who oversaw the production of the Lord of the Rings movies — probably my favorite fantasy movies of all time. They're very dedicated to fantasy and they understand it, and I definitely trust them with the story of the Mortal Instruments.
Now, a book series being optioned doesn't mean a film is being made right now or is definitely going to be made at all — it means that the studio or production company in question is developing the books as a film project — right now they've nailed down financing and a screenwriter (I don't know who that is yet) and are working towards the next stages in the development project. It is, however, an important step in the movie-making process, so I feel like it's okay to be excited about it. :)
3) Three — yes, there was a late-breaking third announcement, which is that the MI books are going to be adapted into graphic novels by Th3rd World Studios. You can read the press release at their site. Right now we're working on selecting artists — and they're letting me have a lot of input, which is great — and I'm really looking forward to seeing how it turns out!