Cassandra Clare, on August 23, attended a fan meet-and-greet session in Sao Paulo. Idris Brasil uploaded a video recording of the session and Cassie addressed, once again, the in-limbo City of Ashes movie.
TMI Australia translated the conversation, and here’s an excerpt about the script being re-done:
They’re re-writing, well, after the first mortal instruments movie came out, they got a lot of people complaining it wasn’t like the books. And so, they had a second screenplay for City of Ashes and it was even less like the books, like it was NOTHING, NOTHING like the books… Valentine had a submarine? And Magnus ran for Mayor of New York. It was very weird.
So, they kinda looked at the screenplay and they looked at the fan response and they were like “We can’t do this, we have to throw the screenplay away and do a completely new screenplay that’s more like the books”. So that’s what they’ve been working on, it’s complicated coz usually if you’re doing a series of movies, you have the screenplay ready by the time the first movie has come out, you have the screenplay for the second movie so you can go right into filming it, and they didn’t have one. Takes a year to do a screenplay so I was hoping the next couple of weeks I would get to see the new screenplay for City of Ashes.
We heard something similar earlier this year, but what’s to be noted here is that Cassie is right, it does take a lot of time to write a script. We waited for so long for the first movie after Lily Collins was initially cast, here’s to hoping against hope we still have a fighting chance at the adaptation.