1:12 pm - 10/11/2012

YA Book-Movie Things

Behind The Scenes Of 'Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones'

**warning, dick-sucking ahead (and it's not as pleasant as you'd imagine)**

It's real, and it's spectacular: the movie adaptation of Cassandra Clare's "Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" began shooting in Toronto this summer, marking the start of production on one of the most exciting book-to-film deals ever to exist. And because we are all up in the "City of Bones" business, MTV News took a trip to the set for a chat with the cast and a behind-the-scenes peek at a moment from the books that fans will surely recognize.

You do recognize it, right? That's Clary, played by Lily Collins, attending a seriously kickin' house party for the supernatural set. (Look closely, and you may see a faerie hooking up with a satyr! ...No, okay, we made that up. But still, it could totally happen!) And even from this little glimpse into the inner "City of Bones," it's clear that the filmmakers are taking great care to create a distinctive world that really captures the feel of the books.

"It's really a story that's based in reality as much as it is in this fantasy world. They're coexisting," Lily said, but was quick to add that this movie is much more than the sum of its pretty set pieces. "It's more emotionally and character-based than just aesthetically beautiful. It's got amazing imagery and the CGI is going to be incredible, but it's not just about that."

And even the cranky Jamie Campbell Bower, whose performance as the snarky Jace will no doubt be helped by his irritation at the middle-of-the-night shooting schedule, is psyched to be part of the film.

"I'm not in the world's greatest mood, but I get to go to work, and I get to be a bit of an a--hole," he gloated.

Meanwhile the enthusiasm of fans who can't wait to see the book brought to life hasn't just been an abstract for the actors; Robert Sheehan recounted his shock at finding them cheering from the sidelines when they arrived to begin shooting.

"There were fans there waiting for us," he said, with a tone of amazement, adding that he was especially confused when some of them asked him to sign the book. "I was like, this isn't my book!" he recalled. "So that was quite odd...but I did it anyway."

Are you loving this first peek behind the scenes on the "City of Bones" set? Tell us in the comments and on Twitter!


the real question is, will CC come out of internet retirement for this???


Alyson Noel’s ‘Soul Seekers’ Young Adult Series Destined for Big Screen, with Native Actors

Soul Seekers, a series of young-adult novels by Alyson Noel, may be coming to a theater near you, and will feature Native actors in key roles if Arnold Rifkin has his way.

Rifkin is co-founder (with actor Bruce Willis) of Cheyenne Enterprises, which has optioned screen rights on the series of books. The storyline follows protagonist Daire Santos, a 16-year-old girl who has visions and premonitions—and who soon enough discovers she is a Soul Seeker, able to move between the world of the living and that of the dead. Daire explores her powers while living in Enchantment, New Mexico, and some of the supernatural touches in the series are pulled from American Indian lore.

“I did a lot of research into Shamanism and Native American spirituality to create the world of the Soul Seekers series,” Noel said, according to a story at Deadline.com. “In using these ancient practices and ideas as a jumping off point for the mystical world of the books, I tried to portray them in an authentic way and to do so with reverence. After meeting with producer Arnold Rifkin, and learning first hand of his personal passion for these themes, I have no doubt that he will do the same.” The report said that Rifkin is “determined to cast the films with Native American actors when appropriate.”

Hollywood observers see the four-book Soul Seekers story—of which only the first, Fated, has been published—as potential blockbuster fodder, not unlike the Twilight and Hunger Games franchises. Noel’s previous collection, the six-book Immortals, was optioned as a TV series.

The video clip below is an advertisement for the first book in the series, and not a trailer for a movie:


theratwhispers 11th-Oct-2012 05:48 pm (UTC)
It's more emotionally and character-based than just aesthetically beautiful.

dirrtypony 11th-Oct-2012 05:51 pm (UTC)
i read this book so damn long ago, i barely remember what its about.
firefoxyk 11th-Oct-2012 05:52 pm (UTC)
is THAT jace?

goreplz 11th-Oct-2012 05:53 pm (UTC)
I mutually follow people on tumblr who keep posting cast pics and videos and gifs and they're flailing about it so much.
r_a_black 11th-Oct-2012 05:55 pm (UTC)
She will as soon as enough fans beg her to do so. She's too internet involved not to, IMO.
shining_starsxx 11th-Oct-2012 05:55 pm (UTC)
Needs more Godfrey Gao.
reinmagick 11th-Oct-2012 06:02 pm (UTC)

i demand sexy godfrey kissing more sexy men.
shining_starsxx 11th-Oct-2012 06:14 pm (UTC)
The world needs more of his sexy ass.
manaconda 11th-Oct-2012 06:02 pm (UTC)
i feel honest embarrassment whenever i look at the set pictures. just... no. it's every awful angsty fanfic trope ever. all we need is some mpreg and we'd be all set.
limalemon 11th-Oct-2012 06:03 pm (UTC)
I cant see the video. It has been taken down by Viacom or some shit.
tryxkittie 11th-Oct-2012 06:06 pm (UTC)
go to the source?
existential 11th-Oct-2012 06:34 pm (UTC)
mte...i went to the source but there was too much stuff and i wasn't gonna dig for it. not that curious haha
artemis_archer 11th-Oct-2012 06:08 pm (UTC)
Diviners movie right now, please and thank you.
honesttoblog 11th-Oct-2012 06:22 pm (UTC)
I just started reading that. I love it so far.
imnotasquirrel 11th-Oct-2012 06:12 pm (UTC)
stop being so embarrassing, mtv.

whenever i come across someone reading or squeeing over these books IRL, a part of me dies inside.
foxtree 11th-Oct-2012 06:14 pm (UTC)
I hope this film is as successful as Mirror Mirror!
imnotasquirrel 11th-Oct-2012 06:16 pm (UTC)
i hope it's as successful as eragon and as critically praised as the last airbender.
dirrtypony 11th-Oct-2012 06:14 pm (UTC)
book trailers are so damn odd
shining_starsxx 11th-Oct-2012 06:19 pm (UTC)
Wait-isn't Alyson Noel the one who wrote Evermore? No thanks,I'll pass.
firetears_x 11th-Oct-2012 07:34 pm (UTC)
Lol, Evermore. That was a mess.
soph_b 11th-Oct-2012 07:12 pm (UTC)
That trailer was horrible, if anything it made me want to read the book less. Also is it just me or do Jamie's ears look massive?

Edited at 2012-10-11 07:14 pm (UTC)
squirrels_oh_no 11th-Oct-2012 07:36 pm (UTC)
And I'm late of course. Figures.

Has anyone been to Ollie's Bargain Outlet? They have Penguin overruns from THIS YEAR for $2.99 for brand new never touched hardbacks and $1.99 paperbacks.
sereniti_ii 11th-Oct-2012 07:50 pm (UTC)
No, but considering what Penguin's just signed a book deal for, I'm so not surprised.
squirrels_oh_no 11th-Oct-2012 07:53 pm (UTC)
Penguin used to be my fave pub.

USED to.
sereniti_ii 11th-Oct-2012 08:17 pm (UTC)
Same. I have lost so much respect for them over the years.
sereniti_ii 11th-Oct-2012 07:50 pm (UTC)
I love how I don't buy anyone as a teenager except Lily Collins and Robert Sheehan. Also what the fuck are those tattoos, they look like they've been finger-painted on.
zizm0re 11th-Oct-2012 08:18 pm (UTC)
i am almost ashamed to say it after everything i read on here about its dipshit of an author, but i started reading the mortal instruments series and i actually don't hate it. some parts it really draaaaaaags, but some of it is pretty OK. i'd probably see the movie to see what it turns out like.
pinguicha 11th-Oct-2012 11:46 pm (UTC)
I think the first book is kind of enjoyable and OK. Sure, it drags once in a while, but it's not horrid. The second was worse, but still readable and the third sort of closed the story. Or it should have, had they not wanted to milk TMI for THREE MORE BOOKS. PLUS PREQUELS.

It's in the fourth book that things reeeeaaaallyyyyy start to go downhill. And don't read the infernal devices. At one point, CC describes a character's eyes as "being the color of the sky in hell". WTF?
shaboomila 11th-Oct-2012 08:43 pm (UTC)
New Mexico is the land of entrapment. That is all I got.
ceilidh_ann 11th-Oct-2012 08:47 pm (UTC)
MTV's bandwagon jumping sickly enthusiasm for this stuff reminds me of Entertainment Weekly, only with less relevance.

Let's get a book post going. I returned from helping organise a book festival yesterday (best internship EVER) and got a bunch of books since the town I was in was basically nothing but second hand bookshops. What should I read first?

hirolin 11th-Oct-2012 09:21 pm (UTC)
I'd read Obama's book first, but that's probably because I'm hyped up for the Vice Presidential debates tonight.
atheistkathleen 12th-Oct-2012 01:03 am (UTC)
totally read that as city of boners
winter_lace 12th-Oct-2012 08:06 am (UTC)
I think you just named the porn version
kainee 12th-Oct-2012 04:17 pm (UTC)
LOL, I'm going to see "City of Boners" now whenever someone mentions "City of Bones." Thank you.
atheistkathleen 13th-Oct-2012 12:29 am (UTC)
yw ^.^
kainee 13th-Oct-2012 07:37 am (UTC)
Why has no one posted the GIF yet? Fuck it, I'm posting it.
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