“Shadowhunters” has found its new showrunners.
Former “Smallville” showrunners Todd Slavkin and Darren Swimmer have been tapped as new executive producers/showrunners for the Freeform show, according to Deadline. Slavkin and Swimmer will take over for Ed Decter, who developed the series based on Cassandra Clare's “The Mortal Instruments” books. Decter reportedly left the series a few days before production for season 2 started.
Matt Hastings, who executive produced for “The Originals,” will also be on board the show as an executive producer/series director.
While Decter has not given a statement regarding his exit, it appears to be an abrupt development in the series, considering he was very enthusiastic about the upcoming season of the show. After the first season wrapped, Decter already teased the direction he is looking into in terms of the show's plot.
“The goal in the writers' room is to make the fans feel like we're not going to end up in the place they're expecting, then surprise them with how we get there,” Decter told TVLine. “We try to keep some surprises for the hardcore fans who will initially ask 'What are they doing? Why are they doing this?' The hope is that they eventually come to a point where they say, 'Oh, I got it. I see what they were doing before.'”
Decter also said that viewers should keep an eye out for major developments in some of the characters. Simon's (Alberto Rosende) friend Maureen (Shailene Garnett) will no longer be a secondary character, according to Decter. He also teased that there will be new additions to the cast.
Freeform has yet to comment on the matter, but despite Decter's exit, the series is reportedly filming as scheduled.
“Shadowhunters” season 2 will air in 2017, but a premiere date has yet to be announced.