Wake up world! Quickly now! There is danger ahead! I dont care for your alcohol-induced headaches and post-regrettable coitus small talk, we have a grand problem. Whilst you were out celebrating a world without Twilight our fateful enemy, the Hollywood executives, have been plotting another evil plan to destroy everything we gained from Twilights ending: happiness, a will to live, the freedom to never be forced to care about Kristen Stewart again has been threatened by this most dangerous of foes.
It is, of course, another teenage book adaptation involving demons, demon hunters, vampires, werewolves and all too much familiarity. Grab the can food, were heading for the sewers.
The source material gives the freedom for this to be more teen/dark/punk than teen/grey/stupid and a proper appraisal of this could give us the first bearable teen franchise since... well, a long time ago. Furthermore it has Robert Sheehan in it, who I adore, although the character in the book isnt particularly comical. If he's given a comedic edge it could really give this franchise a sense of self-awareness and humour that other franchises do not possess.
Another of my "what could be awesome" tags looks to be evaporating away in to thin air as the filmmakers have clearly chosen heightened sense of teenage melodrama over a more fish out of water, girl discovering new world, which then descends in to a more sinister tale. Throwing the sinister in from the beginning and daring you to complain about the impending sense of dredd.
Whilst more trailers, footage, posters and indeed the film are to come to prove me wrong: so far The City Of Bones looks like a City of Missed Opportunities as it hugs annoyingly to the genre clichés of a genre whose clichés everyone would like to beat to death with a stick made out of its own skin.
Check out the trailer here: