‘The Mortal Instruments’ is the latest series of young adult fantasy novels to transfer to the big screen, hoping to follow in the footsteps of huge hits such as ‘Twilight’ and ‘The Hunger Games’.
The film follows the central character of Clary Fray as she and her best friend Simon are pulled into a dark and mysterious world of half-angel warriors called Shadowhunters, who can empower themselves with special abilities through magic runes they draw on their skin.
The movie’s director, Harald Zwart, is enthusiastic about the strong heroine: “What really attracted me to this one was the character, Clary Fray, because I have a daughter myself and my wife and I were discussing it and saing that it’s good that she gets some good role models. And this girl, is different from many other movies, she’s there on her own terms. She’s not a damsel in distress. She doesn’t need to be necessarily rescued. She is super strong on her own.”
The film is based on the first of Cassandra Clare’s bestselling novels of the same name. She is currently writing the sixth and final book in the series.
Clare praised the director’s efforts to recreate the books on screen: “I think that Harald’s vision of the world of the Shadowhunters works really well. He has a very detailed sense of design and I think that he made two great decisions – he shot on film and so it has a very textured and rich look, it’s not digital and he had all the sets built and so none of those were CGI; every book is real, every illustration is real, every weapon is real, all of the stunts were done by the cast so there was no face replacement, there were no stunt doubles and so it feels very real and immediate.”
‘The Mortal Instruments’ is out now.