One of the more pressing subjects in regards to the adaptation of “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” is a certain plot twist that conveys the ultimate forbidden love story.
At the end of “City of Bones,” Clary and Jace learn (and believe at the time) that they are brother and sister, which completely shattered the hearts of readers and equally shocked them.
One line that comes immediately to mind is something that Jace said in “City of Glass.”
“You’re my sister,” he said finally. “My sister, my blood, my family. I should want to protect you”—he laughed soundlessly and without humor—”to protect you from the sort of boys who want to do with you exactly what I want to do.”
As readers of the series, we know how the story plays out. We know that they aren’t brother and sister.
But the question becomes, just how far is Screen Gems willing to push the line of controversial?
Collins chatted with The Fab Life during a press tour for “Priest” where she addressed Clary and Jace’s controversial relationship and how it will pan out on screen.
“I think the studio’s had lots of conversations as well because there’s a fine line,” she said. “A lot of movies deal with topics with a fine line and making sure you don’t spoil things. But also making sure you keep things not so creepy and people aren’t turned off by it.
“I think they’re taking a lot of consideration into that but want to make sure we stay true to the books because they are so amazing and they are what they are.”
In an interview with Reelz Channel last month, Cassandra Clare revealed that the studio had no plans of taking out the incest, though the topic was still a delicate one.
“Don’t take out the incest,” Clare recalled telling screenwriter Jessica Postigo. “[The producers] were like, ‘no, no, we wouldn’t dream of it.’ It’s still in there.”
Collins also addressed the casting of Jace and while she cannot say names (this report gives you the three actors), she confirmed that she’s “been doing some readings.”