Out goes one YA adaptation, in comes another. With The Twilight Saga coming to a conclusion this weekend, Sony has made the smart move of attaching our first look at next summer’s adaptation of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones to the film. Ahead of this weekend’s release, the first trailer has now arrived online for the project based on Cassandra Clare‘s novel.

Harald Zwart, who gave us the better-than-it-should-have-been remake of The Karate Kid, directs the story of a contemporary New York City with a dark underbelly (literally). Whereas the aforementioned Twilight comes off inherently cheesy, some of the creature designs here work quite well and it actually may be a world worth exploring.

Check out the trailer below via MTV for the film starring Lily Collins, Jaime Campbell Bower, Robert Sheehan, Jemima West, Kevin Segers, Kevin Durand, Robert Maillet, Lena Headey, Jared Harris, Godfrey Gao, Aidan Turner, CCH Pounder and Jonathan Rhys Meyers.


In the series’ first book, the #1 New York Times bestseller “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones,” set in contemporary New York City, a seemingly ordinary teenager, Clary Fray, discovers she is the descendant of a line of Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of young half-angel warriors locked in an ancient battle to protect our world from demons. After the disappearance of her mother, Clary must join forces with a group of Shadowhunters, who introduce her to a dangerous alternate New York called Downworld, filled with demons, warlocks, vampires, werewolves and other deadly creatures.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones arrives on August 23rd, 2013.

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