Cassandra Clare on The Mortal Instruments Movie

The first book in Cassandra Clare's The Mortal Instruments series has been through a turbulent beginning. The two leads have been cast to Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower. However, the director for Sony Columbia Pictures left the project. The cast and Screen Gems, the production company, are still attached to the film as of right now. With the status of the movie up in the air, Cassandra Clare went to her blog to clear things up. 

From Cassandra Clare's Tumblr Blog

So, THR’s is a slightly bizarre (and weeeirdly outdated) version of events. Screen Gems didn’t drop the project; they weren’t involved with it — it was given over by Sony to a different division to develop back in… August of 2011, which is also when Sony took Scott Stewart off the project. But yes, Screen Gems and Scott Stewart aren’t involved with the movie of City of Bones. The rights are owned by Constantin, they always have been. Constantin makes movies: they just made The Three Musketeers with Logan Lerman. Screen Gems would have been the distributor and co-producer but it was never their project; it’s Constantin’s. Screen Gems hasn’t actually been involved with the project since — well, let’s just say it’s been a while. (Some people have asked me if this is the news Marlene King was talking about on Twitter last week but it wouldn’t be; she was brought on after Screen Gems wasn’t involved any more so that the new production company would have a screenplay that was more “theirs”. She’s never worked with SG so it wouldn’t be news to her.( She’s probably all like, whoa, explodey-what? right now.:)

Why didn’t I tell you guys? This isn’t really even the sort of thing that people tell me. Constantin owns the movie rights: who distributes it and co-finances and all that isn’t actually anything to do with me in any real meaningful sense. Projects get moved from studio to studio all the time — Twilight started at Paramount and went to Summit, etc. Screen Gems isn’t even the only production company CoB has been involved with, or the most recent. And half the time I don’t know about it, so 1) I can only give out news that’s been confirmed and okayed for me to give out — if I wasn’t trusted to keep my mouth shut about ongoing negotiations they would just stop telling me things period and 2) the other half the time I don’t even know this stuff or it’s so in flux there would be no point saying anything about it if I did.

In this case, I will say:
1) The movie isn’t “cancelled.” This really doesn’t make much of any difference at all except in who distributes it.

2) Lily and Jamie are still attached. I mean, it’s been months since Screen Gems was connected with the project, and L&J are still attached, so I’m fairly confident they’ll be attached for the foreseeable future. Will they be attached forever? NO idea. But nothing about this makes it any more or less likely. And this isn’t news to them.

3) Really, this makes no difference to anything. I know words like “dropped” sound shocking and horrifying but in this context, it doesn’t mean much. I talked to Constantin last week and actually gave them a list of actors I liked for Simon (because why not?), and they gave me a schedule they expected to start filming by (August.)

No movie is going to be made until it’s greenlit. The movie was in development. It’s still in development. That said, Hollywood is like a big pinball machine. Projects bounce up, they roll around, they go this way, they go that way. This is (was) a bounce.

It seems like this movie may never be made! My only hope is that somehow Jamie Campbell Bower can't work his schedule into filming or something. (Yes, I'm not a huge fan of his). He just isn't the Jace I read in the books. But if he does end up playing Jace I will keep an open mind. 

What do you think about all this drama? How long do you think it will be before the movie will even start filming? And lastly, do you agree with the casting choices? Thoughts below!!


  1. I really can't wait to have more information on the movie because I love this series so much .. I actually couldn't see Jamie Campbell Bower as Jace either but I'm getting used to the idea and I've seen him in the English movie, Anonymous and I really liked him !!

  2. I think that Jamie Campbell Bower will be a decent Jace if he bulks up and does something with his hair. It always looks... dirty and unkempt. I always imagined Jace with a craftily wind-blown type hair that makes it looks like he doesn't care about the way he looks, but he's just naturally gorgeous. I imagined his features to be slightly more severe as well... I'm slowly warming up to the idea, though, I guess. Bower's face still looks childish to me.

    As for Lily... I'm not a fan at this very moment, but I'm having more trouble accepting Lily than I am Jamie Campbell Bower.