While Lily Collins has been involved in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones for over two years, almost everything else has changed along the way. Whether it be the director, the script, or the studio, Mortal Instruments has been a challenge to get made. However, when I visited the set last year with a few other reporters, Collins made it seem like all the script changes were for the best. She described the film and the changes:
“It’s a full-blown action/adventure fantasy film that is based in reality that has this romance in it. I think from the first draft to now, it’s definitely got a lot more of that, kind of propelling-you-forward, less of a romantic kind of teen flick. It also has a lot more humor than the first draft because Cassandra’s writing. That’s the beauty of the writing, is that you end up giggling when you’re reading it because of something Simon said or Jace is so cocky, you’re like, “Did he really just say that?” They’ve added some of those lines back in, so there is a comedic tone to these dark moments that kind of makes the audience relax for a second. And they are witty, so we have a lot more of Cassie’s voice back into it.”
In addition to describing script changes, Collins talked about how she was first cast, her reaction to the practical sets, her chemistry test with Jamie Campbell Bower, the differences between The Mortal Instruments and Twilight or The Hunger Games, and a lot more. Hit the jump to either read or listen to what she had to say.