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23 August 2009 @ 09:26 am
Post Party news update!  
First, thanks everyone who came to the Braynt Park announcement party for making it such a success. We had several hundred people but everyone was very polite and patient, even when it started raining and everyone had to squash under the tent. The guy who runs the Reading Room told me it was one of his best events "except maybe the one with Carmen Electra." So given that nobody at the event had ever been married to a Foo Fighter (that I know of), I think we did well!

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!
(Anonymous) on August 23rd, 2009 01:56 pm (UTC)
congratulations are in order me thinks!!
gib x
V.: Piccolorabenkraehe on August 23rd, 2009 01:59 pm (UTC)
HOLY FUCKING SHIT THIS IS AWESOME. <- my reaction to all three announcements, especially that about the graphic novels.
Indigo Blue: life is pretty goodthe_indigo_blue on August 23rd, 2009 02:13 pm (UTC)
I was just thinking this morning about Simon, and how everyone else got their stories pretty much tied up... I'm so glad you decided to write more about him.
And a film! Aaaah that would be epic. Congratulations on, mmph, everything!
Sarah Rees Brennansarahtales on August 23rd, 2009 02:18 pm (UTC)
I love the fourth book title. ;)
emilia68emilia68 on June 28th, 2010 01:57 pm (UTC)
me too
2prongs22prongs2 on August 23rd, 2009 02:20 pm (UTC)
WOW!!! On all three news! :))
(Anonymous) on August 23rd, 2009 02:20 pm (UTC)
Thats amazing!! Congrats on all this, you must be very happy!! I'm so excited that there is going to be a fourth book and maybe a movie ( plus graphic novels are awesome too!). I can't wait!!!! :D
noah518noah518 on June 28th, 2010 02:08 pm (UTC)
Re: Yay!
Jenniferjennifercullen on August 23rd, 2009 02:25 pm (UTC)
squeeee!!! omg i'm so happy. i love the mi books and this is so exiting! all luck you cassandra! =D <3
a chuisle mo chroí: [Enchanted] YAYfrostedpopcorn on August 23rd, 2009 02:27 pm (UTC)
Oh how wonderful - congratulations to you, I hope this will actually all work out the way you want to (or at least best for the stories).. and YAY, new Mortal Instruments stuff. This made my day.

.. hopefully the optioned film will not be stuck in development hell, it is such a deserving material!
stephsureads.blogspot.com on August 23rd, 2009 02:27 pm (UTC)
Oh, that's wonderful! If there's any character I wanted to know more about, it was Simon. I'm so glad he's getting his own book!
Sherwood Smithsartorias on August 23rd, 2009 02:31 pm (UTC)
Simon gets a story---YAY!!!!!
Cassie Clarecassandraclare on August 23rd, 2009 02:32 pm (UTC)
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Alex: cheers!amonomega on August 23rd, 2009 02:34 pm (UTC)
Holy crap! I miss all these events because I'm not in town! Ahhh! But that is all awesome! :DD

I've actually been considering re-buying all MI books in paperback (since I'm able) because I wasn't able to bring them with me when I moved to Canada.

I hate to be a pain but I've got to ask; Would there be any way to express interest in BECOMING one of those graphic novel artists? Or is it all up to yours/their discretion? As a freelancer who loves this series, I've gotta try!

Congratulations on all of your successes! All of this has been very exciting to see!
Cassie Clarecassandraclare on August 23rd, 2009 02:55 pm (UTC)
You can always send me examples of your art and I can show it to the comic guys. You never know!
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★♪★MARCY★♪★marcyjo on August 23rd, 2009 02:36 pm (UTC)

There were several flaily fangirl phonecalls to relay the news that had my husband asking "were you even speaking English just now?

Please keep us abreast of the move status as things happen! It should be funny to watch peoples reactions when they start casting. *giggles*
maxiekatt2: Garrett close-upmaxiekatt2 on August 23rd, 2009 02:38 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! I think we're going to start taking reservations tomorrow for City of Fallen Angels, lol.
ethan5188ethan5188 on June 28th, 2010 02:22 pm (UTC)
Mouse: Happy Pattylyceeangel on August 23rd, 2009 02:38 pm (UTC)
I can't wait for all three
this makes me a happy little fan girl

Not to mention that I just got all of my friends into the book, so I am excited to tell them the news!
Mouse: trucy winklyceeangel on August 23rd, 2009 02:39 pm (UTC)
Not to mention Simon is like the best
A Jewish Otaku.... if he were female... he would be me
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