'The Mortal Instruments' Scores a Release Date!

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Watching progress on the film adaptation of Cassandra Clare's "The Mortal Instruments" has been giving us a slight case of whiplash, but lately things have started to look up for the project and now a release date for the picture has been announced as August 23, 2013.

Go ahead, mark your calendars. We'll wait.

Less than two months ago, a studio scramble began when Sony's  Screen Gems dropped their option for the film, sending "Mortal Instruments" fans into a tizzy, but now Sony's back on board for the movie and looks to have it in theaters just a year after the announced shooting start date.

Both Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower are still in the picture, set to portray leads Clary Fray and Jace Wayland respectively, and Cassandra Clare teased fans that she, Collins, and the new director, Harald Zwart, have someone in mind for the third major series character Simon.

"I will say that she definitely likes someone for Simon that a lot of you all like. Who knows, maybe she can talk him into it. Girl with good taste, our Lily," she explained. Many suspect the person she's referring to is Collins' "Writers" co-star Logan Lerman, but he's got his hands full with his own book-to-screen series "Percy Jackson & The Olympians," the sequel for which is due next March.

I. Marlene King is writing the script adaptation of Clare's novel, and production will begin on Aug. 15.

The announced August 2013 release date is a safe distance from fellow YA book-to-film translations "Catching Fire" (Nov. 22, 2013) and the handful slated for February and March, including "Beautiful Creatures," "Warm Bodies," "Ender's Game" and "The Host."

What do you think, Shadowhunters? Excited about the news?

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