We are just over a year away from the theatrical release of ‘The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones’ and the hype for the adaptation of the internationally best selling series by Cassandra Clare will only continue to grow as the release draws nearer.
Each Monday leading up to the August 23, 2013, release of ‘The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones,’ we will take a look at a scene, moment, detail, etc. and give our opinions on how we think it will be interpreted in the big screen adaptation.
Week 9: PANGBORN AND BLACKWELL
Alyssa, TMI Source: While their characters only make a couple of appearances in the book, Pangborn and Blackwell both play significant roles in City of Bones. Valentine’s evil henchmen duo first make an appearance in Chapter 8: Weapon of Choice, where they try to get information out of Luke about the location of the Mortal Cup. This is such a pivotal scene for the book where we learn several things: 1) These are the men that “killed” Jace’s father (or so we believe at the time), 2) Luke’s past with Valentine and the Shadow World, 3) The danger of this world that Clary has suddenly entered.
With film adaptations come new visions and perspectives. It’s entirely possible that they could play a more significant role–in their screen time–if Harald Zwart decided he wanted to show some of the evil Shadowhunters plotting to obtain the Mortal Cup. Guess we won’t know until August 23, 2013.
The casting of Kevin Durand and Robert Maillet, as Pangorn and Blackwell, respectively, will only benefit these characters and this movie. Just looking at them sends chills up your spine. I can’t wait to see what they bring to this movie!
Amber, TMI Institute: “All the myths are true,” said Pangborn, and Clary felt a small shiver go up her spine. “Or have you forgotten that?” There are a few things that the interaction between Luke and Valentine’s henchmen, Pangborn and Blackwell, do in the plot. It gives Clary, Jace and Simon the key to know who sent the Ravener demon after her mom. It also shows history between Luke and the Shadowhunter world. Finally, it provides proof that although Luke seems uncaring, he is ultimately trying to protect Clary from Valentine.
I’m thrilled that seasoned actors Kevin Durand and Robert Maillet are playing Pangborn and Blackwell. They can deliver menacing performances that will leave TMI with chills of fear and anticipation for what’s to come next.
Katie, Mundie Moms: The fact that Kevin Durand and Robert Maillet are cast as Pangborn and Blackwell is awesome! I think these two will be able to deliver on the chills and fear factor that both of these characters have in the TMI series.
These two characters aren’t people/creatures you’d want to meet on a dark street late at night, or even in the middle of the day time. Their presence alone is one that sends shivers down the spines of those in the Shadowhunter world. Their scene with Luke in COB is an important scene to leave in the movie, because 1) we see that though Luke escaped Valentine’s hold long ago, he still has ties to the Shadowhunter world, and he can’t completely “escape” Valentine’s hand. 2) We see just how powerful Valentine is, and that he’s definitely not a guy to mess with. Anyone who has henchmen like Pangborn and Blackwell is not a guy to cross. 3) Luke is a stronger guy than we think he is, and we realize. Especially if he stands up to these two guys. 4), Most importantly we not see get to see what Clary, Jace and Simon are up against, but we also get a glimpse into what kind of person Clary’s father is, and that he is in fact the person who sent the Ravener demon after her mom.
I’m looking forward to seeing how all this plays out on the big screen.
Natalie, TMI Examiner: I too am thrilled that Kevin Durand and Robert Maillet will be bringing there experience of “being bad” to ‘City of Bones.’ They do play key roles in helping Clary piece together some of the answers she seeks. I am also looking forward to seeing Jamie Campbell Bower’s performance when he shares that they were who “killed” his father. I love that scene at Luke’s house and believe it will really help pace the story along and really introduce the new fans to Luke’s caring side and history. Now I can’t wait to know who will play Valentine and lead this villainous duo!
Tita, TMI News en Espanol: So in chapter 8, with the aparition of Pangborn and Blackwell at Luke’s we discover a lot of new things about what’s going on with Jocelyn, we learn about Jace’s past and what happened with his father. Necessary for the movie? Absotutely, we need to know about all these things. It’s going to happen exactly as it is in the book, well, why not?. But, they can do this scene a little bit different and it’s not going to change the curse of the movie that much, but we need to meet these 2 bad guys, learn the effect they have in Luke and the stuff that’s going on!
What are your thoughts? Are you excited to see Durand and Maillet in their respective roles? Join in on the discussion!
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