Comic-Con: THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES Panel Recap; Cast and Crew Preview Extended Clip and Choose Their Runes

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Comic-Con is ostensibly for the fans of particular properties.  But it’s truly about marketing, and marketing can’t just be about the fans of a book, TV show, earlier movie, etc.  It has to expand to those who wouldn’t typically be interested or are completely ignorant of the adaptation.  If you can’t draw in anyone other than those who have already bought their ticket because they love the property, then your supposedly mainstream adaptation becomes largely irrelevant to the movie-going public.  Judging by the Comic-Con panel for The Mortal Instruments, this could be one of the most irrelevant films of the summer.

Hit the jump for my recap of the panel.  The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones opens August 21st.

Director Harold Zwart comes on, followed by author Cassandra Clare, and stars Lily Collins (who plays heroine Clary Fray), Robert Sheehan (Simon Lewis), Kevin Zegers (Alec Lightwood), Godfrey Gao (Magnus Bane), and Jamie Campbell Bower (Jace Wayland).

mortal-instruments-city-of-bones-posterWe were then shown an extended clip from the film (and it ended with the official studio tag, so it may be released online at some point).  The clip flips between two settings.  In the first, Clary’s mother Jocelyn (Lena Headey) is attacked at their apartment by two mysterious figures.  Meanwhile, Clary is confronting Jace about the symbol she can’t stop drawing and why is it tattooed on his arm.  He’s wondering why she can see him when most people can’t.  We flip back to Jocelyn fighting off her attackers with a frying pan, and finding just enough breathing room to warn Clary.  When Clary gets the call from her mother warning her to stay away from the apartment, our young heroine naturally rushes off back home to find the apartment trashed, her mother missing, and a dog that belonged to one of the attackers.  The dog then transforms into a hideous, CGI beast, and tries to attack Clary.  With a resourcefulness that almost comes off as mundane, Clary quickly sets up an explosion in her kitchen in order to defeat the beast.  The beast is reduced down to tiny CGI globules, but then they begin to reform, and once again attack.  Jace busts in at the last minute, stabs the beast with his sword, and turns the creature to dust.  He then explains that the beast was a demon, and demons can take any form.  After she finishes whimpering in his arms, she coolly walks away and asks, “How do I know you’re not a demon?”  “I just saved your life, didn’t I?” he responds.  And end scene that in no way made me want to see the movie.

Moderator Dalton Ross from EW asks Collins about what was appealing about playing Clary.  Collins liked the tenacity of Clary trying to find her mom, and “she finds her own voice” no matter how difficult the situation.  She was also a fan of the books before joining the movie, and it was a dream come true to get cast.

the-mortal-instruments-city-of-bones-lily-collins-jamie-campbell-bowerTalking about fidelity to the source material, Zwart says they didn’t really need to change anything.  The challenge was compressing it into film-length, so they had to make shortcuts while still preserving the central story.  Clare says she was “pretty interfere-y” and wanted to be involved with everything from the casting, costumes, set design, etc.  “It was very collaborative,” says Clare.

Jamie Campbell Bower talks about Jace’s arrogance in the books and how to translate it to the film, and what stuck out about the character was his vulnerability.  The cockiness is a façade, and he let his guard down around Clary.  “I made him really grumpy, but he needed to be grumpy in order for you feel for him later on in the project.”

Kevin Zegers says that they just wanted to focus on one film rather than jump ahead in the books, and they want to focus on the characters for the novel at hand.  He does acknowledge his character’s sexuality, which is revealed throughout the novels, but he wanted to only follow what happens with Alec in City of Bones.

Zwart says Clare makes a cameo in Magnus’ party that’s filled with demons.

Audience Q&A

the-mortal-instruments-city-of-bones-jonathan-rhys-meyersHow does Clare stay active in fan communities and yet keep writing novels?

  • She says she makes herself write 3000 words a day and then she’s free to do whatever else she wants.  But she likes connecting to fans and hearing what they have to say.

The most challenging aspect of playing their character:

  • Collins: “Doing stunts in a tight dress and five-inch leather boots.”

  • Bower: “Not eating chocolate”

  • Sheehan: “My masculinity took a lot of hits on this film because a lot of his acting was cowering behind the women.”

  • Zegers: “Hanging out with Bower for three months was terrible.”  He would also text Bower pictures of junk food he wasn’t allowed to eat.

  • Goa: “Taking my pants off in front of Harold” (Fans of the book can figure out why this is important because to the uninitiated, it just sounds weird)

the-mortal-instruments-city-of-bones-jamie-campbell-bowerWhat rune would you draw on yourself to enhance an ability or characteristic?

  • Clare: “I wish there was a ‘write-faster’ rune, but I guess I would go ‘fearless’”

  • Zwart: “I want the ‘direct a hit movie’ rune.”

  • Gao: “The $20 million a picture rune.”

  • Sheehan: “They tattooed an ‘I Love You Mom’ rune on me.  I don’t know what it does.”

Closing thoughts:

For a movie based on a successful young adult book series, The Mortal Instruments landed with a whimper at Comic-Con.  There were fans at the panel, but they’re high-pitched adulation echoed through a largely silent room that was far more eager to hear about RoboCop and The Amazing Spider-Man 2.  I’m not even certain if The Mortal Instruments will be a hit with the fans.  Far worse, I left the panel wondering what anyone could possibly see in the material in the first place.

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  • None

    I think you know nothing about this series and fan base that movie already have.

  • Sten

    Next try on Harry Potter or Twilight series’ success. Angeldemons or whatever teens like these days. The trailer
    looked like a TV show (Supernatural or such fare). No interest whatsoever.

  • Stan

    You’re an absolute a*hole Matt. You have no right to judge people on what they like. I love the books. Maybe if you read them you’d understand what a fantastic world and story Cassandra Clare has created instead of just judging it. Pathetic excuse for a reporter. MI is very different to twilight and other YA books. I’m excited for the movie.

  • The_Dark_One

    Just because the movie doesn’t look all that great doesn’t mean that the source material is bad. Try not to be a d*** next time you review something.

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  • Brittany

    Considering I have read all of the novels, and from what I’ve seen of the trailers, I am positively thrilled. I can hardly wait for August 21. But I do believe some people need to understand that everyone has different opinions, so don’t pick fun at what others enjoy.

  • Phil

    What the heck is this shitty article? Maybe a lot of fans just COULDN’T go to San Diego, just like me, but it has a FREAKING huge fan base and I now lots of people who want to see the movie and who haven’t read the books. I believe it’ll be a hit, at least a decent one.

  • Megan

    I think the author’s comments are very accurate. The fanbase is there for the books, but that’s it. No one outside of the fanbase cares. Comic con is supposed to be about getting people excited, and no one showed excitement for this film. That points to a bomb. It looks horrible to me from trailers.

  • cahier3

    OMG @ all the defensiveness in these comments. Look, if you’re certain about this film’s success, than one negative article shouldn’t scare you. If the film’s going to be a hit than let it be a hit. What are you worried about exactly?

  • Christina Allen

    I am just hoping when the press gets a hold of all her old fandom skeletons from the HP fandom the proverbial doodle will hit the fan. She was (and probably is) such a giant douche back in the day. If she decided that she didn’t like a person they were ran out of the fandom with pitch-forks. Not to mention the whole plagiarism thing,

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