Cassandra Clare sounds off on potential INFERNAL DEVICES movie

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Even though The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones doesn’t hit theaters until Aug. 23, Constantin Film is already preparing for a prequel film.

Stephanie Sanditz is penning the screenplay and Constantin Film and Unique Features are searching for a director.

Of course, like The Mortal Instruments sequels, an Infernal Devices movie is contingent upon the success of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.

Clare responded to a flood of Infernal Devices questions in a post on Tumblr, where she sounded off on why she’s excited about the potential film and reiterated what we all know: that a movie doesn’t ruin the book.

What made me accept a potential movie? I guess: I like movies. I don’t think film is a lesser art than books. Just a different art. I don’t think book adaptations to film are doomed to be bad. I think a lot of them are good. I think Lord of the Rings was good. I think Psycho and Jaws and The Shining and Apocalypse Now and Atonement and A Clockwork Orange and LA Confidential and a million more I could name are good movies. 

I think people say movies ruin books a lot for two reasons: Lots of adaptations of books are bad. It’s not easy to adapt a book. It’s not easy to translate what happens on a page to a visual medium. And things that are hard to do are often done badly. And secondly, a lot of times people simply rate a film by how much it diverges from the book. But all movies are going to diverge from the books they’re based on. They have to. The question is whether they diverge in intelligent ways (As, I think, Lord of the Rings did in casting Elijah Wood as Frodo. Frodo is supposed to be fifty. Elijah Wood was nineteen. But as a visual symbol of corrupted innocence, a 19-year-old worked much better. In the books, the hobbits have a youthful spirit. On screen you have to cast people who actually look youthful or what you will end up with is what looks like a bunch of middle aged people cavorting disturbingly) or in ways that worsened the story. And the only way to know that is to watch the whole film.

Look, I also fervently hope that if they make an ID movie, they don’t mess up the cast, and that they get the precision of the character dynamics right, and that the characters’ love of reading is preserved, and that Tessa is portrayed as the strong, intelligent, courageous girl that she is. I’d love to see the automatons on a screen. If the right actors were picked, I’d love to see Tessa, Jem and Will. I think the right director could make amazing scenes out of things like Will’s graveyard visit, and the vampire party, and the fight on Blackfriars Bridge. One of the joys of film is being transported to places you can never go, like Victorian London.

The alchemy of right director, right actors, right screenplay, is a hard one to get right. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth trying for. And there is no way to try for a good movie without risking a bad one. There simply isn’t. There are too many factors at work.

And in the end, a bad movie is just a bad movie. A bad movie does not change what is inside a book. It does not make the book worse. It does not hurt one’s writing career. (Perhaps the one plus of the fact that writers don’t really have much say over how adaptations of their films go, by and large, is that correspondingly, even a huge bomb of a  movie is irrelevant to your career. It just is. It’s not you you’re risking when they make a film of your books —not your money, not your reputation, not your sales. It’s a bummer if it doesn’t go well, but that’s about it.) But a good movie — a good movie is a wonderful thing. It means your characters come alive on the screen for you, for everyone. It brings thousands, millions even, of readers to your books who otherwise wouldn’t have known about them. And writers do want to be read.

 And indeed, while TiD is more about character drama than overarching “Will the world blow up?” drama it 1) has plenty of action and 2) is not exactly a better book than Great Expectations, Jane Eyre, Sense and Sensibility, or any of another dozens of books that have been adapted into extremely good films. I think if I took the tack that my books were too good to be movies I would come off as kind of a dillweed. Though I think if there is “Don’t make a movie!” drama it stems from a protective fan love of the books, which I respect. Not wanting to see them adapted badly is understandable. I don’t want to see them adapted badly either. :) But I do want to see them adapted well, and you can’t get the one without risking the other.

Who would you like to see direct The Infernal Devices: Clockwork Angel? What is your dream cast for the franchise? Sound off in the comments!

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Shadowhunter Hangout: Come chat THE BANE CHRONICLES with us tonight

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Come join TMI Source staffers Alyssa, Megan and Cat with special guest Natasha of TMI Fandom as we talk all things The Bane Chronicles: What Really Happened in Peru, along with our news from this past week including a possible Infernal Devices movie, in our latest SHADOWHUNTER HANGOUT on Friday evening.

The hangout will begin at 9pm ET/6pm PT. The link to the chat will be posted on our TwitterTumblr and Facebook page and will be broadcast live on our YouTube.

We want to hear your thoughts and discuss your questions about the first installment of The Bane Chronicles, as well as the other news and nuggets we’ll discuss.

We hope to see you there!

TID Movie News: Stephanie Sanditz penning CLOCKWORK ANGEL script, search for director underway

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The Hollywood Reporter has reported that Constantin Film has moved forward on development of The Infernal Devices: Clockwork Angel adaptation and that Stephanie Sanditz will be penning the script.

They have also reported that the search for a director is underway.

Young adult franchise hopeful The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones doesn’t open until August 23, but Constantin Films is already working on a prequel.

The company has thrown into development Infernal Devices, an adaptation of the spin-off book series written by Mortal Instruments author Cassandra Clare, and has hired Stephanie Sanditz to write the screenplay.

Mortal Instruments, a best-selling series of fantasy romance books, centers on a young girl who discovers she is part of a hidden race of angels known as Shadowhunters locked in a battle with warlocks and vampires called Downworlders.

Infernal Devices is set in Victorian England and sees a new teen girl plunged into a journey of adventure and self-discovery. The books feature the ancestors of many Mortal Instruments characters as well as some character overlap.

Three books, titled Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince and Clockwork Princess, have been published.

Constantin is also on the hunt for a director to bring on Infernal Devices.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones isn’t set to hit theaters until Aug. 23, but Constantin Film is already hard at work on the prequel series. It shows they have a lot of confidence in the Mortal Instruments film franchise.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes and The Mortal Instruments: City of Glass, the sequels to City of Bones, would film back-to-back if green-lit. If The Infernal Devices: Clockwork Angel is green-lit it would most likely be released after those two, but could start production soon after.

CLOCKWORK ANGEL script in the works

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones executive producer Martin Moszkowicz confirmed that a script for The Infernal Devices: Clockwork Angel is underway.

The Infernal Devices have been optioned by Constantin Film and Unique Features, the same studios making The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. Not much is known about Infernal Devices other than the project is in development and a script is in the works, but the project is moving forward.

There has been talk about alternating between The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices movies, beginning after City of Glass and starting with Clockwork Angel.

But this all depends on the success of the Mortal Instruments movie franchise.

Are you excited about the possibility of a The Infernal Devices: Clockwork Angel movie?

2012 Year In Review: THE INFERNAL DEVICES

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The end of the year is approaching and a new year is just on the horizon.

The year 2012 brought Cassandra Clare fans a lot of exciting news, including plenty of exciting news regarding THE INFERNAL DEVICES from movie news to snippets from CLOCKWORK PRINCESS.

Throughout the week we will recap all the major storylines of 2012 in our Year In Review series leading up to the new year.

Our Year In Review series will include:

12/26 – THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES

12/27 – THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS

12/28 – THE INFERNAL DEVICES

12/29 – THE DARK ARTIFICES

12/30 – OTHER NEWS

12/31 – FULL RECAP

Let’s get to it!

THE INFERNAL DEVICES

‘CLOCKWORK PRINCESS’ SNIPPETS

2012

Throughout the year 2012, Cassandra Clare has shared more than 35 snippets and counting from CLOCKWORK PRINCESS, the conclusion to THE INFERNAL DEVICES, which is slated for a March 19, 2013 release.

BONUS SCENE: WILL TELLS JEM ABOUT HIS CURSE

FEBRUARY 14, 2012

Cassandra Clare shared a scene that was cut from CLOCKWORK PRINCE in which Will tells Jem about his curse titled “The Whole of It.”

SNIPPET FROM SCENE WHERE WILL FIRST MEETS JEM

FEBRUARY 21, 2012

Cassandra Clare shared a snippet from a scene from CLOCKWORK PRINCESS that recounts Will’s first meeting with Jem: “Will’s fingers brushed the other boy’s as he took the weapon from Jem: it was the first time, Charlotte thought, that she had ever seen him touch any other person willingly.”

TESSA AND JEM’S FIRST KISS FROM JEM’S POV

MARCH 27, 2012

Cassandra Clare shared Jem’s perspective of his first kiss with Tessa, also known as the “Fierce Midnight” chapter in CLOCKWORK PRINCE in late March, called “An Offering of Moonlight.”

BONUS SCENE: WHY WILL REALLY HATES DUCKS

APRIL 11, 2012

Cassandra Clare shared a special bonus scene she wrote about Will and Jem’s encounter with a group of ducks in Hyde Park which sparked Will’s infamous line: “Bloodthirsty little beasts. Never trust a duck.”

ED WESTWICK READS WILL’S LETTER

APRIL 17, 2012

Cassandra Clare shared audio of Ed Westwick reading Will’s letter to his family, which was special content with the release of Clockwork Prince back on December 6, 2011.

‘CLOCKWORK PRINCE’ NAMED CBC’S TEEN BOOK OF THE YEAR

MAY 9, 2012

CLOCKWORK PRINCE, the second installment of Cassandra Clare’s internationally bestselling THE INFERNAL DEVICES, was named Teen Book of the Year by the Children’s Book Council on May 7.

WILL’S LETTER TO HIS FAMILY

MAY 11, 2012

Included as an extra in select copies of CLOCKWORK PRINCE, a letter Will wrote to his family (unsent and unfinished) debuted online in May.

WALL STREET JOURNAL DUBS CASSANDRA CLARE THE ‘NEW QUEEN OF FANTASY’

MAY 25, 2012

The Wall Street Journal wrote an article about Cassandra Clare dubbing her the ‘New Queen of Fantasy,’ which made the front page of the section. Clare’s SHADOWHUNTER CHRONICLES, including THE INFERNAL DEVICES, have sold more than 12 million copies worldwide and been translated into more than 30 languages. Fans very well know of the film adaptation of THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES that hits theaters on Aug. 23, 2013.

‘CLOCKWORK PRINCESS’ SCENE FEATURING WILL AND CECILY

JUNE 11, 2012

At one of her book signings, Cassandra Clare read an excerpt from CLOCKWORK PRINCESS featuring Will and Cecily. Thanks to one of the fans in attendance who recorded video and transcribed the scene, fans can read it in its entirety.

‘CLOCKWORK PRINCESS’ EPILOGUE TITLE REVEALED

JUNE 29, 2012

Cassandra Clare revealed the title of the epilogue in CLOCKWORK PRINCESS: “London, 2007.” Clare wouldn’t say whether or not the prologue will talk about Tessa’s life in the past 100 years. That would take us from the 19th century into the 21st century and the world of The Mortal Instruments, which takes place in 2007. Tessa made an appearance in the City of Glass epilogue, where she talked with Magnus.

FIRST WORD OF ‘CLOCKWORK PRINCESS’ DRAFT REVEALED

JULY 9, 2012

Cassandra Clare shared the first word of the CLOCKWORK PRINCESS draft: “Marry.” Of course there are many changes that the draft has gone through so there’s no telling if “Marry” will in fact be the first word of the finalized copy of CLOCKWORK PRINCESS.

‘CLOCKWORK PRINCESS’ COVER REVEAL

JULY 10, 2012

Fans of Cassandra Clare’s THE INFERNAL DEVICES helped reveal the cover of CLOCKWORK PRINCESS, which features Clary on the cover, by sending in 29,000 tweets featuring the #ClockworkPrincess hashtag in just two hours. #ClockworkPrincess was also a worldwide trending topic for more than 30 minutes! Publisher’s Weekly even praised fans for the reveal.

SNIPPET OF ‘CLOCKWORK PRINCESS’ PROLOGUE RELEASED

JULY 17, 2012

Fans at a Cassandra Clare book signing in Rhinebeck, N.Y. on July 15 were treated to a special reading of the CLOCKWORK PRINCESS prologue. William Henderson of The Huffington Post jotted down the opening lines of the prologue and shared them on his blog. London 1873. “Will?” Charlotte Fairchild eased the door of the Institute’s training room open. “Will, are you in there?” A muffled grunt was the only response. The door swung all the way open, revealing a wide, high-ceilinged room on the other side.”

THE INFERNAL DEVICES RANKS NO. 29 ON NPR’S BEST-EVER YA BOOKS

AUGUST 7, 2012

NPR let fans vote on their favorite Young Adult books of all-time and Cassandra Clare’s best selling THE INFERNAL DEVICES not only made the Top 100, but came in at No. 29.

WILL NAMED YA CRUSH TOURNEY RUNNER-UP

AUGUST 11, 2012

After dominating throughout the YA Crush Tourney in the summer, Will lost in a last-minute rally by fans of Adrian of Bloodlines and had to settle for the runner-up slot. Alyssa of TMI Source and Katie of Mundie Moms represented Will throughout the competition.

‘CLOCKWORK PRINCE’ MAKES YALSA’S 2013 READERS CHOICE LIST

AUGUST 14, 2012

CLOCKWORK PRINCE, the second installment of THE INFERNAL DEVICES, was nominated for and made YALSA’s 2013 Readers Choice list.

DIRTY SEXY ‘D’ SCENE IN CLOCKWORK PRINCESS

SEPTEMBER 2, 2012

It has become a custom for SHADOWHUNTER CHRONICLE books for Dirty Sexy Scenes and the trend will continue in CLOCKWORK PRINCESS with a Dirty Sexy ‘D’ Scene.

FIRST EDITIONS OF ‘CLOCKWORK PRINCESS’ TO HAVE FAMILY TREE

SEPTEMBER 22, 2012

It’s become customary for first editions of books in Cassandra Clare’s SHADOWHUNTER CHRONICLES to have extras included in them, like Will’s letter, deleted scenes, etc. Clare shared that all first editions of CLOCKWORK PRINCESS, the conclusion to THE INFERNAL DEVICES, will have a Shadowhunter family tree.

FIRST ‘CLOCKWORK PRINCESS’ SYNOPSIS

SEPTEMBER 25, 2012

The first synopsis for CLOCKWORK PRINCESS was unveiled in late September: “Danger intensifies for the Shadowhunters as the New York Times bestselling Infernal Devices trilogy comes to a close. If the only way to save the world was to destroy what you loved most, would you do it? The clock is ticking. Everyone must choose. Passion. Power. Secrets. Enchantment. Danger closes in around the Shadowhunters in the final installment of the bestselling Infernal Devices trilogy.”

‘CLOCKWORK ANGEL’ MANGA RELEASED

OCTOBER 30, 2012

Yen Press released CLOCKWORK ANGEL, first of three volumes of THE INFERNAL DEVICES manga, in late October. Our own Cat reviewed the first volume.

CLOCKWORK ANGEL MOVIE IN DEVELOPMENT

NOVEMBER 25, 2012

With THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES still eight months away from release, the folks at Constantin Film are already working on adapting THE INFERNAL DEVICES: CLOCKWORK ANGEL to the big screen. There is a script in the works and everything is currently classified as “in development.” Of course an INFERNAL DEVICES film depends on the success of THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES, but the excitement for both projects is huge.

‘CLOCKWORK PRINCESS’ PLAYLIST

DECEMBER 5, 2012

Cassandra Clare shared her playlist for CLOCKWORK PRINCESS, the conclusion to THE INFERNAL DEVICES due out March 19.

WILL AND JACE MAKE VH1′s LIST OF 25 SUPERNATURAL CHARACTERS THAT DAZZLED IN 2012

DECEMBER 6, 2012

VH1 compiled a list of 25 supernatural characters that dazzled is 2012 and both Will Herondale and Magnus Bane made the list that readers then voted on. Magnus led for a good while with Will being in the Top 5.

THE INFERNAL DEVICES: CLOCKWORK ANGEL movie ‘in development’

The release date for THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES  is still nine months away, but there is already hype and excitement for a film adaptation of THE INFERNAL DEVICES, the prequel series to THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS.

Constantin Films owns the rights to both THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS and THE INFERNAL DEVICES.

On Saturday, Martin Moszkowicz, a member of Constantin Film’s executive board and executive producer on THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES, posed a question for Cassandra Clare’s fans:

That question sent the fandom into a frenzy about the possibility of an INFERNAL DEVICES movie.

In light of that question, Clare has seen more frequent questions about THE INFERNAL DEVICES being adapted into films.

All we know at this time is that it is in the early stages of development with a screenplay in the works.

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Cassandra Clare talks ‘Mortal Instruments’ movie sequels and possibility of ‘Infernal Devices’ movie

Cassandra Clare took to Tumblr to discuss the latest round of movie-related questions sent her way by fans.

On potential Mortal Instruments sequels:

This is how series movies work: they make the first movie, and if it does well, then they will make the rest of the series. So ideally they would love to make all six Mortal Instruments movies! But it depends how they do at the boxoffice. Studios can’t make six movies that don’t turn a profit. If the movie does steadily/decently(http://hollywoodvulture.com/flop-pop-fizzle-the-obligatory-weekend-b-o-report-holiday-spirit-in-full-swing-audiences-flock-to-valentines-day-making-it-big-1-steady-debuts-for-percy-jackson-wolfman/), they can keep going to build the franchise but not if it loses money. So, you know, I can’t see the future, and while the first movie is based on just the first book, I can’t say what will happen after that.

On the possibility of an Infernal Devices movie:

It’s optioned for film by the same people who optioned The Mortal Instruments. Again, ideally, they’d love to make them into movies. Steampunk/historical movies are very expensive to make, so they’d need a big studio commitment, but that doesn’t mean they couldn’t get one. They are, however, concentrating on making TMI right now, so I wouldn’t expect news about the ID film project for a while.

On casting news:

Well, let’s put it this way. Once they start filming (in six weeks, not a month), you will know who the cast is, because it is not actually possible to film a movie without a cast. But otherwise, I have no idea when or how the casting news will come. I am also waiting for casting news. I also spend the days idly looking at my toenails and wondering if I will find out anything about casting that day. I am a terrible resource for casting questions. I try to answer them, but it’s just variations on “I don’t know” because I don’t.

Do you think the Mortal Instruments franchise has what it takes to warrant sequels? What do you think of a potential Clockwork Angel movie? Sound off in the comments!

Cassandra Clare gives ‘City of Bones’ script update, says ‘Clockwork Angel’ screenplay in the works

Last week Cassandra Clare confirmed that Marlene King had finished and turned in the rewritten script for The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones into the movie studio for review.

In an interview with Natalie Markey (TMI Examiner), Clare revealed that she is happy with the rewritten script.

“I really like it. The screenplay is the backbone of a movie and this version is much closer to the book,” she said.

Clare also said that fans shouldn’t expect filming to begin in January like previously thoughts as it will have to be signed off by a lot of people at the studio. But the delay won’t be a long one.

Clare also revealed some rather exciting news about The Infernal Devices, which was optioned by Unique Pictures when The Mortal Instruments was.

“They are working on a script,” she said.

Who else is totally on board with a Clockwork Angel movie?

Source: TMI Examiner

 

 

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