Entertainment Weekly have released an exclusive excerpt from Cassandra Clare’s ‘City Of Heavenly Fire’ which is the final book in ‘The Mortal Instruments’ series. It is still up in the air as to whether they will continue with making the series of books into movies following the release of THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES in August 2013, the movie opened to low numbers at the box office.
‘City Of Heavenly Fire’ Is Set For Release on May 27th.
Cassandra Clare talked to MTV about the CITY OF ASHES movie, scheduled to start production in 2014, and what we should expect from our beloved characters!
“Simon (Robert Sheehan) is turned into a vampire,” Clare teases, “And he goes from being this human who’s Clary’s friend to this ravenous undead thing.” Clare adds that she pushed for Sheehan in the role, with early discussions about his casting centering on how right he’d look stalking the night and sucking blood. “Robbie was actually my idea,” she says. “I saw him in ‘Misfits,’ which is a big comedy hit in Britain, and he’s just so good and yet also able to be heartbreaking and I thought he’ll be great and he will enjoy the hell out of being a vampire.”
What else can fans expect from “City of Ashes?” Well, Sigourney Weaver is joining the series as the Inquisitor. Describing the previously-announced casting, Clare says the character is “This badass, scary lady” that fans can expect to enjoy. Although she’s sworn to secrecy about any other details for the adaptation, Clare says there’s a massive battle on the deck of a warship capping the second story that she’s excited to see onscreen.
This is the news we’ve been waiting for! Constantin, the production company that spearheads THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS films, has finally announced that CITY OF ASHES is green lit! What does this mean? Well, we could be seeing CITY OF ASHES in theaters as early as late 2014.
Martin Moszkowicz, Constantin Film’s head of film and TV, said that it was TMI’s passionate fanbase that helped sway his decision.
“The fan response, from the blogosphere and the thousands of mails we have received, has encouraged us to keep going,” Moszkowicz told The Hollywood Reporter. “It’s been overwhelmingly positive, in contrast to some other YA titles.”
“We are analyzing what we did wrong with the first film, particularly with the positioning and marketing, and what changes we have to make. We are working with a great group of people to reposition the franchise (for City of Ashes).”
“The readers of Mortal Instruments are older than you might think,” he said. “That may have been one issue in our marketing, that we focused too much on a very young audience segment.”
Now that the executives finally understand the demographic and fanbase they are dealing with, I can’t wait to see how CITY OF ASHES turns out. Here’s to hoping that it stays truer to the book!
Devoted fans of THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS lined up at the Americana at Brand in Glendale, CA to participate in a live Q&A and meet and greet with the cast. We heard stories of fans camping overnight to get a prime spot to see Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Robert Sheehan, Kevin Zegers, Cassandra Clare and Harald Zwart! Check out the pictures below:
WATCH our exclusive video of part 1 and part 2 of the Q&A with the cast here!
Set in contemporary New York City, a seemingly ordinary teenager, Clary Fray (Lily Collins), discovers she is the descendant of a line of Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of young half-angel warriors locked in an ancient battle to protect our world from demons. After the disappearance of her mother (Lena Headey), Clary must join forces with a group of Shadowhunters, who introduce her to a dangerous alternate New York called Downworld, filled with demons, warlocks, vampires, werewolves and other deadly creatures. Based on the worldwide best-selling book series.
Cassie Clare talked to MSN UK about her best selling series, The Mortal Instruments, and filming the first in the series City of Bones. From casting to controversial love to the epic soundtrack check out the great interview below!
What was your inspiration for writing the Mortal Instruments?
I wanted to write something that would combine elements of traditional high fantasy – an epic battle between good and evil, terrible monsters, brave heroes, enchanted swords – and recast it through a modern, urban lens. So you have the Shadowhunters, who are these very classic warriors following their millennia-old traditions, but in these urban, modern spaces: skyscrapers, warehouses, abandoned hotels, rock concerts. In fairy tales, it was the dark and mysterious forest outside the town that held the magic and danger. I wanted to create a world where the city has become the forest – where these urban spaces hold their own enchantments, danger, mysteries and strange beauty.
What was the most exciting part of filming? Was there a specific part of the book you couldn’t wait to see translated on screen?
Just seeing the world that has existed in my mind for so long come to life was amazing. The sets, the costumes, the actors… it was totally surreal to see my imaginary world manifest itself in front of me. I didn’t have one particular scene I couldn’t wait for, but I was really excited to see how the Institute came together.
How did you create the Mortal Instruments characters- who inspired you to write/create them?
That’s a tough question. You sit down and write, and these people show up. Sometimes they do what you expect, and other times they don’t! Some characters, like Jace and Isabelle, show up with a lot of attitude, very thoroughly themselves. Clary was inspired by my artist friends because, not being a visual artist myself, I’m fascinated by the way they see the world. I also deliberately gave Clary a lot of traits I associate with boy heroes in fiction: impulsiveness, recklessness, lack of regard for her own safety, the responsibility to protect her mother, best friend, boyfriend; the responsibility to save the world. I wanted to see how they would sit with a girl protagonist.
Then there was Magnus, who was meant to be a minor character but very quickly made it clear that he had other plans!
Do you have a favourite character, besides for Clary, of course?
I’m too close to them all to pick favorites, I even love the bad guys! But Simon is the most similar to me, while Magnus and Jace are the most fun to write. Clary I adore and admire.
How involved were you in the casting for the movie?
I got to see some of the audition tapes, and the casting director talked to me about possibilities – we spent a lot of hours going over and over footage and demo reels. I do think you can see my obsession with BBC dramas reflected in the final cast!
The Clary/Jace storyline in the books is quite controversial – were you worried about how this would translate on screen?
Is it controversial? I think the end of the first book is a shocker but certainly by the third or so there’s nothing particularly controversial there. Which I think is not unusual in a love story: they usually have obstacles and sometimes the obstacles can skate the edge of taboo because the love needs to be forbidden – there’s a teacher/student romance in Divergent and Vampire Academy, Katniss is supposed to kill Peeta, Edward wants to eat Bella – I think by now audiences are pretty used to the idea of an insuperable obstacle to a love story.
Which would you rather be, a Shadow Hunter or an Downworlder?
A Downworlder. They can kind of lay low and have somewhat normal lives, in certain cases. I’d last about half a second as a demon-killing soldier! I’d probably want to be a warlock, because then you can live forever without drinking blood. I don’t think I’d like blood.
What can fans of the books expect from the movie?
I haven’t seen the finished product, but they can expect to see a movie that takes the fictional world we love and makes it real, and gorgeous! The film won’t be exactly the same as the book, because film works very differently as a medium than the written word does, but I think it will be a lot of fun. I also think the actors are perfect for their roles, and that they will really win readers’ hearts.
It’s been revealed that Jessie J’s on the movie soundtrack. She’s a perfect fit! Did you have any part in getting her involved?
I didn’t, nor in getting Demi Lovato or AFI or any of the other great artists. Universal Republic Records, who did the soundtrack for the Hunger Games, did it all.
Thanks to a twitter chat Glamour UK did with Jamie Campbell Bower (Jace) and Cassie Clare (Author of The Mortal Instruments) we now know when City of Ashes will start filming & that they’ve already started training! Or at least Jamie has!
This one seriously got me thinking…why didn’t they have him do a song!? That would have been amazing & given me all kinds of Rob Pattinson in Twilight vibes! He better be on the City of Ashes soundtrack!
What are your thoughts? Are you excited for City of Ashes or are you going to wait till City of Bones is out to make that decision? Let us know in the comments!