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Cassandra Clare talks ‘City of Bones’ script rewrite, estimates spring/summer 2013 release date

Cassandra Clare spoke with The FAB Life about the delay in casting with The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, which we all know had to do with the script rewrite.

Marlene King, who penned the rewrite, turned in the script a couple of weeks ago and it is currently awaiting approval by the studio.

Clare revealed at the Clockwork Prince launch in NYC last week that the original script was not at all close to the book and even left some characters out.

She discussed it with the FAB Life:

“Nobody could settle on a script that they liked, and so there was a lot of back-and-forthing, and finally, it came down from the head of the studio [Screen Gems] that she wanted the script rewritten,” Cassie told TheFABlife. “She didn’t feel like it stuck close enough to the book. I kind of agreed with her. There were some characters that were taken out and things that were switched around, and it was very different from City of Bones.”

One of the characters left out? The pivotal character of Magnus Bane.

 “That’s one of the things Marlene really got. In the interactions between Alec and Magnus, you can see their burgeoning relationship, which I think is really nice,” she said. “I really wanted them to keep the positive portrayal of gay characters, and the gay relationship was important and relatable and went along with everybody else’s relationships.”

So what is most important to Clare when it comes to the adaptation?

 “I really want them to stay true to the relationships between the characters,” she explained. “Jace’s relationship to his adoptive family was really important. I feel like the whole twist with Jace and Clary and their relationship was really important and guides the next two books, and you can’t really take it out. It’s so taboo at the same time, but they’re just going with it. That’s what makes these books.”

Clare, who is pleased with King’s rewrite, said that Screen Gems is aiming for a spring 2012 starting filming date.

“I’ve got my fingers crossed,” she said. “Now, all the producers have to sign off on the rewrite and if they’re happy with it then we move forward. They still want to shoot early next spring, so they’re going to have to go bang, bang, bang with casting and everything like that.”

Previously it was thought that The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones would have a late 2012 release, but Clare revealed that it is looking more like a spring/summer 2013 release.

While it may be some time before we get The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones on the big screen, it will definitely be worth it now that we know the studio is doing everything they can to do the book justice.

Source: The FAB Life

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7 Comments on Cassandra Clare talks ‘City of Bones’ script rewrite, estimates spring/summer 2013 release date

  1. Every character meets a key requirment in the book. They all have there place. They all NEED to be in the movie or else you will have to change a bunch of different things just by removing one character. You really can’t take out Magnus. He is awesome and Alec’s love, and a bunch of other things. I like books so much because of him. His awesomeness makes the books even more awesomener. Even if those are not words. YOU MUST HAVE MAGNUS!!!

    • Abso-fucking-lutely! How dare someone even attempt such blasphemy as to try changing IMPERATIVE parts of this story?! Cutting Magnus out of the Mortal Instruments movie would be just as bad as leaving any other major character out – hell, I hope they don’t leave any character out, no matter how small the part!
      I’m so glad that Cassie intervened and righted that awful wrong. 🙂

  2. It is clear to me from the original script that cob is in the hands of morons. Why on earth would you deviate from the books especially when it had such a popular and passionate fan base!! And Magnus bane is a pivotal character in both tmi and tid!!
    And as for no-balls bower, I shiver with disgust when I think of him being jace. Pity

  3. I don’t know why so many people are judging. Jamie we haven’t seen him as jace if the producers and Cassandra. Have trust in him is for a reason. I believe that with a good haircut and if he bulks up a little bit he is going to be a great jace lets wait and see. I know he is not alex pettyfer but if he turned down the role then he doesn’t deserve it. And in the acting department Jamie definetely wins

    • Totally agree. Love how people say the casting is in the hands of morons because of Jamie, when Cassie has specifically said she loves him for the roll. Is Cassie a Moron? and if so, why are you reading her books? I love Jamie, he has so much charisma, and hes already bulking up for the roll. I think he’ll be great at all sides of Jace, not just the looking good part.

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