After a period of next to no movie news, things are really starting to heat up for the film adaptation of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.
Aside from a confirmed release date of August 23, 2013, a filming start set for August 15 of this year and confirmation that Sony/Screen Gems will be distrubuting, Cassandra Clare revealed more details about City of Bones with Hollywood Crush.
The Emmy-nominated Francois Seguin (The Borgias), who also worked on the remake of The Karate Kid with director Harald Zwart, will serve as production designer and Zwart is busy rounding out the rest of his crew.
He’s also busy scouting for filming locations in Toronto and New York City.
Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower (currently negotiating his contract) are the only two cast members attached to the movie right now as Clary and Jace. Here’s what Cassandra has to say about the movie:
And a little bit more for you on the movie. It’s quite a day for us! But it’s hard to underestimate how important a release date is for a film. The only bigger deal is actually starting shooting at which point … you really have a movie.
As I told MTV, Harald (our director, so we might as well all start thinking of him on a first name basis) is putting his production team together. They just hired Francois Seguin as production designer. Francois is incredibly talented and awesome, just was nominated for an Emmy for his work on the Borgias, and it is his job to make everything look amazing and beautiful. Francois, Harald and the production team are scouting for locations this week … so if you’re in Toronto and/or New York … you might see them searching for the Institute.
We have a casting director, too, Stephanie, and there’s a definite concentration on European and British actors for the Shadowhunters, which I like as it underlines the feeling that they are not quite like the culture that surrounds them. That doesn’t apply to Simon of course, so favorites floating around like a certain guy whose name starts with A and another guy whose name starts with L are not off the table. ;)*
*I’m really not supposed to talk about casting. They’ll make me live in a brick igloo. Since everyone is asking me about Playlist saying Jamie isn’t attached, they have been saying that for a while. I do not know why. It isn’t what I have heard, and that is honestly all I know.
An article on Indiewire mentioned this:
With only Collins set to appear thus far, expect casting notices for “The Mortal Instruments” to drop soon. Jamie Campbell Bower was set to play Clary’s love interest and fellow Shadowhunter Jace, but is no longer attached.
And then, of course, Cassie addressed this article:
There’s a bunch in here to digest, so have fun with it. The main thing that is confirmed truth here is that Sony/Screen Gems is distributing The Mortal Instruments movie, and the release date is set for August 23, 2013. I’ve seen people say “That’s so far off!” but as the article says “That gives new director Harald Zwart a little over a year and four months to cast, prep, shoot and edit “The Mortal Instruments.” It really isn’t that much time — at all!
“Expect casting notices for “The Mortal Instruments” to drop soon” is I imagine what everyone will instantly fixate on. As for the part about Jamie, what I know is that they’re in negotiations about his contract. That’s it, that’s all I know. You can ask me till you’re blue like a Smurf and I won’t know more.
[And if you’re excited about the movie, tell them in the comments! It makes the movie people happy and happy movie people work faster. )] And be happy. You’ve been waiting ages and things are happening and that is good.
Things are definitely going at full speed. Many things are going to be happening over these next couple of months! (Including the release of City of Lost Souls, only 33 more days!)
How are you guys taking in all of this info?