Alisha Wainwright explains why a Shadowhunters resuscitation is unlikely. Shadowhunters is an adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s popular book series, The deadly instruments. It follows Clary Fray, a seemingly normal girl who discovers a secret world of supernatural beings on her eighteenth birthday. Clary is a Shadowhunter, an angel-human hybrid whose duty it is to hunt down and destroy demons to protect humanity and the world at large. The series ran for three seasons on Freeform, with the finale debuting in 2019.
In an exclusive interview with Screen Rant promoting her new film There is something wrong with the children, Wainwright discusses the possibility of reviving the fan-favorite supernatural series Shadowhunters. She talks about the continued popularity of the series, with fans still connecting with it. She also explains the questions about ownership of the property and why she thinks it’s a long shot.
Alisha Wainwright: I forget who owns the rights to it. It’s all very interesting when you get into the math of who has the right to distribute. But I do know that many of the casts adhere to these conventions if you want to see them. No one has approached me about any kind of reunion, but it’s a lot more complicated than you’d think to get it going again.
But of course Shadowhunters has a very special place in my heart. I learned so much about acting and craft and it would just be really cool to get everyone back together. It breaks my heart when I see it trending on Twitter! You do not understand; you have to get literally as many bigwigs to sign off on the same thing. I just don’t think it’s going to happen, you know?
What a Shadowhunters Revival might look like
Shadowhunters ended in 2019, but fans are still hoping to see the story continue. But based on what Wainwright says, a revival doesn’t seem likely. The issue of ownership makes it particularly difficult because it makes it more difficult and probably more expensive to get started. However, many series have had unexpected revivals, even years later. Given the continued support of fans, it might not seem likely, but it’s not impossible either.
Though Shadowhunters the series finale wrapped up the main storylines, it also set up a new world order. Alec is the inquisitor of the clave and married to Magnus, who becomes Alicante’s high wizard. Isabelle takes over from Alec as head of the New York Institute and dates Simon, who becomes a Downworlder deputy for the institute. Luke becomes a Shadowhunter again, and Maia takes his place as the alpha of the werewolf pack. While everyone else gets a happy ending, Clary was stripped of her Shadow World memories and Jace is unable to move on. However, in the final moments, Clary is again able to see Jace and seems to remember him.
This creates interesting new possibilities for the Shadow World, if one Shadowhunters revival comes to pass. It would likely involve Clary potentially regaining her memory by earning the angel’s forgiveness and trust. It would also be interesting to see how the Shadow World coexists when run by the new generation. A new threat could be introduced that brings the original team back together and gives Clary the opportunity to prove that she should have the opportunity to become a Shadowhunter again if that’s what she wants.
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