In front of a full capacity crowd at USC’s Bovard Auditorium at the LA Times Festival of Books, movie writer Nicole Sperling moderated a conversation between best-selling author Cassandra Clare and director Harald Zwart called “Mortal Instruments Page & Screen.”
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On adapting the book to a screenplay Zwart said, “The hardest part was the back story. The challenge was explaining the mythology of the series…to make sure people who didn’t read the book understood the complexity of the Shadowhunter world.”
Fortunately, Simon’s character bridges the gap. Clare said, “He is the character through which the audience learns about everything. Simon asks all the questions.”
Zwart added that he was committed to making a film version that was “unique to us and very real for the audience.”
Although neither Clare nor Zwart was involved in casting Lily Collins as Clary (the author saw it online and Collins was already attached to the project before Zwart came on board), when it came to choosing actors for the film, Zwart allowed Clare to be actively involved and made it collaborative. For instance, Clare recommended Robert Sheehan for the role of Simon while Zwart suggested Jemina West play Isabelle.
Clare said, “We talked on the phone, had conference calls and Skyped. Harald and I had some very passionate discussions.” One key consideration was that the actors looked right together as an ensemble.
Clare and Zwart also discussed the movie soundtrack.
“It’s being developed by Universal Republic,” said Zwart. “We’re still talking to DJs and artists.” Clare would only offer that she was sent a list of artists by the production company and provided feedback about the music.
In addition to watching the full theatrical movie trailer, fans also got a few insider movie morsels:
- Clare provided a teaser about Aiden Turner, who plays werewolf Luke. “There’s a flashback where Luke looks much younger,” she said. “He looks pretty hot.”
- There’s “extra Magnus” in the movie. Clare said, “In the book we know that Magnus showed up to heal Alec, but in the movie we actually get to see it.”
- Zwart was so intent on remaining true to Clare’s vision that he once sent her 16 pictures of rocks to get her opinion on which one looked most like witchlight.
- Clare was filmed as an extra in Magnus’ party scene. “I was a cat demon. Godfrey (Magnus) and I got our nails done together before the scene. We bonded,” she said. ”The party set was gorgeous.”
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones opens on August 23, 2013.
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