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.
Clare describes the experience of seeing “City of Bones” on an editing bay in a L.A. studio for the first time as “bizarre”: “Even though in the movie they’re very different from the way they are in the books, there were moments where I sort of jumped because a certain prop or a certain thing was as I imagined it in my head.”
And what about that kiss? You know, the one that happens just before Clary and Jace learn that they might have accidentally pulled a Luke and Leia? “You have this relationship built up between the two characters, then you have this revelation at the end of the story… and it’s slightly more clarified in the movie that [the romance] is possible.”
Not everything was perfect with that first viewing: Clare says she had some “small” notes such as realizing that the character of Isabelle (Jemima West) went the entire movie without being named. But overall, she was happy with the adaptation by first-time screenwriter Jessica Postigo and director Harald Zwart.
"It was a lot of continuity stuff - I asked them to cut out things that contradicted later books in the series," but there was one thing the author wishes could have made it into the movie: "In the books, the motorcycles can fly, and they didn’t want to do flying motorcycles. We went back and forth on whether we should imply they can fly [laughs]."
THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF ASHES is the sequel of Constantin Film’s movie adaptation of THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES, the first book in the bestselling series by Cassandra Clare that has sold over 24 million copies todate.
THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES opened on August 21 and has a $70M worldwide box office take after 3 weeks in release. The book series is currently #1 on the New York Times bestseller list for children series.
THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES is a Constantin Film International GmbH and Unique Features (TMI) Inc.
The push of THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF ASHES allows Constantin Film to analyze the results to date and reposition the franchise in order to maximize the results for future installments.
Said Martin Moszkowicz of Constantin Film and an executive producer on the franchise: “Constantin Film has a long tradition of adapting books to the big screen. Pushing back the start of production of CITY OF ASHES was a decision we did not take lightly. But after speaking with all of our partners on the creative and distribution side, it was clear that it will be beneficial to have more time to reposition the film in the current market place. THE
MORTAL INSTRUMENTS series has an incredibly loyal and ardent fan base and is a bestselling book series. While taking Cassandra Claire’s vision to the screen we want to make sure to draw on the full potential of the franchise.”
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