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