When Mortal Instruments: City of Bones hit bookshelves in 2007, Cassandra Clare never would have imagined how big the fan base would become. Now, fast forward to 2013; there are a total of five books published and Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is being turned into a full-length feature film.
“It’s really amazing, you know the first time I got on to the set of the movie I cried, I was so excited to see all of the different pieces of my world come together,” said Clare at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. “It was real. You could pick them up, you could hold them, and you never have that experience, and it was really amazing.”
Mortal Instruments: City of Bones follows Clary Fray (Lily Collins) as she begins to discover the hidden world within New York, and her true identity. She goes to a club with her best friend Simon (Robert Sheehan) and after witnessing a murder that only she can see, she meets Jace (Jamie Campbell Bower), a shadow hunter tasked with killing demons that escape into our world, and discovers her mother Jocelyn (Lena Headey), has been kidnapped. It’s up to Clary to discover her true self and save her mother from the evil that’s holding her hostage.
“They are going to see a fantasy world that’s really cool and a little dark,” said director Harald Zwart. He jokingly mentioned in the same interview that he took on this movie simply to come to Comic-Con, because he loves the atmosphere so much. Zwart also said that he hoped there would be some horror in this movie because he drew inspiration from a classic: The Exorcist.
Whether the horror comes through or not, Zwart made it very clear during the Comic-Con panel that he worked closely with Clare to try and bring as much of the story into the movie script. He wanted to keep it as realistic as possible. Clare explained the crew asked if she wanted to be involved and she replied, “Do I want a gold plated Ferrari? Yes I want to be involved!”
During the same Q&A panel, Lily Collins said that she was a huge fan of the books and had admired Clary as a heroine and an idol, so being cast as her hero was a “dream come true.”
“What I loved about Clary so much is the fact that she’s after finding her mom this entire movie,” said Collins. “And the romance comes into the story, drama, comedy, but she has a very single tracked mind throughout this entire movie of finding her mom. She’s tenacious and she’s courageous and she’s thrown these crazy twists and turns throughout the story but she’s never weak and she always comes out on the other side.”
Whether you’re a long time fan, or you are just interested in the movie, both Clare and Zwart ensure that you’ll love what you see. If you haven’t read the books, you can find the series at any local bookstore; and don’t worry, you have about a month to read, or re-read, the book prior to the release of the movie. Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is coming to theaters August 21 nationwide.