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The complete behind the scenes story of Shadowhunters only at Empire. I read the first book right away and went in to take the meeting. . Stands Tall, as Shadowhunter Alec Lightwood; and Harry Shum, Jr., known for Glee, .. The joke is that on the page you say "3, Spartans come over the hill," and. 1 - 20 of Bookmarks in Mundane Alec Lightwood .. (Or: Alec is a super relevant gay icon and inspiration to basically the entire shadowhunter world and . After sending away a Shadowhunter in need, Magnus Bane and everyone . While undercover Magnus meets Alec Lightwood who was disowned by his family. . Malec, AU, set in B.C Sparta Ancient Greece, as the Spartans wage war.
Or maybe several thousand words of the way Magnus looks at Alec right before Alec kisses him. I wanted to explore more of what Jace, who has known Alec a long time obviously, must be thinking, seeing him change so quickly because of Magnus. I have more stuff to say about all of that, but a story is more fun to read than an essay so I will stop there: Let me know what you think. See the end of the work for more notes.
He feels genuinely bad about the timing of his arrival tonight, though. He has a pretty good idea what it costs Alec to defy his parents and the Clave and choose Magnus. Maybe Alec even talks to him about it. Jace thinks that would be a good thing. For years, Alec was so twisted up with self-hate and shame that Jace and Izzy learned to leave it as an open secret, because trying to talk about it elicited nothing but miserable silence from Alec.
Moloch has nothing on Maryse Lightwood and the Clave. Jace glances out the window to the balcony, where Alec and Magnus seem to be done arguing.
Jace thinks the warlock can glitter as much as he likes, for that. Jace kind of liked the blue one that tasted like Windex and gummy worms, though. Now, Alec is slouched against the wall, long legs stretched out in front of him, listing a little to the right.
Izzy is sprawled out on the bed with her hair hanging over the edge, perfectly happy to keep talking upside down.
Jace is leaning back against the bedpost, feeling relaxed and straightforwardly happy. Izzy has the best ideas. The Clave would totally approve, this is quality team-building right here.
Jace and Izzy are pretty buzzed, but Alec is decidedly drunk. Is there something you want to share with the class? And he holds Magnus when he collapses from exhaustion.
The love is real! Magnus admits he lied to get Jace to call Alec. This is a HUGE surprise Our boys have cocktails together! Izzy asks Alec about his night at Magnus' apartment. But his lips are sealed! Magnus asks Izzy for advice on wooing her brother. And finds out that the Lightwoods want Alec to get married! Magnus sees Alec shirtless. He is frozen in admiration. As we all are!
Alec opens up to Magnus about his inner struggles! Sadly, he also puts his shirt back on Magnus tells Alec to follow his heart. He has so much wisdom to share! Alec is injured and Magnus offers to heal him free of charge!
That's a big deal for this business-savvy Warlock. Jace and Izzy ask Magnus to help them borrow Alec's Stele. He is so torn! Magnus almost gets caught in the act by Alec! Alec admits he is engaged to Lydia and Magnus looks very upset. Couldn't you have broken the news more gently? Alec seems very conflicted after Magnus walks away.
Go after him, you fool! In the Alternate Universe Alec lets Magnus crash his party! They have an instant connection. They share some magical teacup cocktails. Back in this world, Alec asks Magnus to defend Izzy at the trial.
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Magnus is the only one he trusts to protect his sister. Then we were told we were going to get a shot at The Mortal Instruments as a series. I knew the books from my teenagers and I knew Ed Decter from many years of working on TV shows together, so I was excited that it was him and he was going to be adapting the books.
They came and pitched us and left the script behind for the pilot, which we loved, and they had a very fully thought out visual presentation of what the show would look like, down to the imagery and special effects and tone.
There were other networks that wanted the show, so there was a bidding war, but we got it.
Shadowhunters: the complete history
Constantin shopped the books around after the movie version, but they didn't have a lot of takers because of it. But the knowledge of the property was increased by the movie, so that helped us in a way in terms of that increased awareness. The fact that it advertised what a big best-selling series this was helped us a lot. So the movie hindered us in some ways but helped us in others.
I think Cassandra would be the first one to tell you that they sold a lot of books because the movie was made, so it ended up all positive. The Mortal Instruments seemed perfect for television. The movie gave us a moment's pause, but I think after the meetings it was obvious that Constantin was very clear-eyed about lessons learned and things they thought they hadn't done as well as they could have.
So it was actually almost a benefit that they had made the movie, because they knew where the landmines were in the material and they didn't want to step on them again. We felt like we reaped the benefit of them having learned those lessons, and it's really a testament to the underlying appeal of the material and the book series that it could recover from a movie that didn't do that well. Michael Reisz executive producer: What TV is able to do, as opposed to a feature film, is explore all the nuances that might not have the time to be explored within two hours.
What we really sought to do was take the richness of the world that Cassandra created and see how we can, hopefully, do this in many seasons of a TV series, where we have full hours at a time to explore the very specific relationships, very specific adventures, and the evolution of the characters.
So it allowed us to go into greater detail and really explore the things that the fans absolutely love about the series, and create new surprises that fans of the books can come in fresh and be excited about. We looked at the TV series as our own kind of unit and just ran with it.
Once we got the green light, I read all the novels and did an unbelievable amount of research on what were the high points, what we were trying to get to, what absolutely had to be kept and everything like that.
But no matter what book you're adapting — it doesn't matter if it's a famous book or not — you have to decide what you can and can't include. For instance, the novels stay very close to Clary's point of view and on a TV show, just by the fact that you have all of these characters and storylines, you have to shift the focus to other people as well.
These books have got a lot of moving parts and are so famous that we had to build in some surprise for even the diehard fans. We're hoping they're going to say, "Wait a minute, that wasn't in the book! They got to this part that I really loved, but they did it in a whole new way. We knew there was going to be some dispute with some of the things we're doing and we think we're winning more battles than we're losing.
It was actually more exciting than nerve-wracking. Marjorie David co-executive producer: When Cassandra wrote the novels, she was developing the characters as she was in the process of writing, which is often the case with novels. But we had the whole tapestry of their lives from the beginning of the series to the end, so we were able to take things we knew about the characters in novel number five and pull them into novel number one. Since you're seeing characters in the show and you're with them all the time, it's something the audience needs to know.
That's how we got to move it around and so far the fans have been pretty okay with it. I've always had an affinity for stories that have a lot to do with transitioning into adulthood. What drew me to this is that I love that period in life; I've always had an affinity for stories that have a lot to do with transitioning into adulthood.
I saw that reflected in Shadowhunters; the opportunity to talk about that period where things have so much intensity and you're experiencing things so deeply and thoroughly, be it music or love or relationships of any sort. I really identify with stories that take place during that point of life as a primary point of entry.
I brought that to Charlie's AngelsThe O. It just seems to be a place where I'm very comfortable.
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Plus I like the opportunity to tell stories of a secret world — whether it's comedic expression, as in Men In Black or something decidedly more serious. The idea of there's something out there that we don't even know about, but it's going on right in front of us, day and night. It's an exciting story platform. Those elements are what really brought me in to it. Among the series' cast members are Katherine McNamara, whose credits range from Broadway to guest starring roles on television and such features as Maze Runner: Sword of Destiny, as warlock Magnus Bane.
The casting of this show is something that's very, very dear to me and I'm proud and pleased with what these actors are doing with these characters, and the way they're finding their voice and bringing it to life. I'm just exceptionally proud of them. Katherine McNamara actress, "Clary Fray": I'd been looking for a role I could really grow into and this one really brought that.
I'd read the script and I knew of the book series, and I fell in love with the world, the stories and these characters that are so three-dimensional and developed and flawed in so many ways. And who exist in this incredibly rich world. Katherine has the burden of being the lead of the show.
She's obviously a very attractive, very dynamic actor, but here's what made me want to cast this young lady: She's brilliant, and she's intelligent, and I can't fabricate intelligence as a director. Either the actor has that intelligence and that verbal acuity and that skill set, or the actor does not.
Katherine is just wise beyond her years. She has an extraordinarily active mind and she's very, very intelligent. What a huge asset that is to play with. One of the things I loved about working on Broadway was working with a cast of people mostly the same age for such a long period of time, playing the same character, really getting to know these people and having a home and a family at work.
That's something that's so rare in this industry, because people are moving, constantly doing different things and recycling coworkers. It's nice to step back and have a home for a little bit and to really dig in deep with the same people and the same story; to dig into the nooks and crannies of the story and the character and see where it takes you.
TV is such a fun medium, and it keeps you on your toes. There's no room for breaking, no room to stop and rest. It really makes you work hard and that's something I thrive on.
Isaiah Mustafa actor, "Luke Garroway": I wasn't familiar with the books — my daughter was all into them, so when I heard about it I just thought, "New York City detective; let me see what this is all about. Your character is a werewolf, but he doesn't play a werewolf.
In the end, I played Luke as a normal detective, a caring father figure to Clary and kind of moral compass of the show. He doesn't change much in season one; if he's going to evolve, it would be in season two. You get more of a sense of who he is as the season goes on. In season two you'll get a better sense of his personality and how he has an impact on the Shadow World. Dominic Sherwood actor, "Jace Wayland": Generally, early in your career you can't be as picky with jobs, but I try very hard to only do things that make me happy, things that I would enjoy.
Otherwise, why am I doing it? When I read the script, it was fun and it was funny, and there were great people attached. I liked the character, I liked the script, I liked the world. Plus McG was on to produce and direct the pilot, so it was a combination of everything that drew me in. Jace, to me, is kind of the living epitome of what a Yin and Yang is. He's the epitome of the good and bad and the good in the bad and the bad in the good.
He's kind of in his world; a very talented soldier doing what he thinks is right, very often without the approval of his superiors. It's kind of complex, almost like a fantasy Jack Bauer. Matthew Daddario actor, "Alec Lightwood": When a part is offered to you, you have a couple of reactions. Initially you say, "Okay, I like work," and then obviously you have to either by force or not by force become interested in the material. Luckily in this case the material was very appealing to me.
I find Alec to very vulnerable while in a position of power. He's hiding how he really feels from himself and obviously is a very flawed character - which is always interesting.
He's young, but he gets to go through a kind of growth where he becomes an adult and a happy one at that.
That struggle is very endearing and I relate to it. I'd say the season started with an emotionally stunted young man who is struggling with identity issues and issues of motivation and purpose.
He feels a sense of duty, but that's not enough to drive somebody, you need to have things that are meaningful to you beyond what you've been told to do. Through the season he starts to realize that his understanding of who he is supposed to love changes, and he gets more in touch with himself.
As a result, he comes to terms with who he is. I hadn't read the books before, although I had auditioned for the movie, so I didn't have a real sense of Magnus. I just knew him as this ancient warlock, but when you dig a little deeper it's more than that. He's the life of the party, he has a bit of reservation about the people he tries to help, and he's hedonistic. But there were just so many layers to him and the more I found out, the more interesting he became to me.
Throughout the first season there's a lot of layers being stripped away and also him putting layers back on that were there.
Talk about a guy who has been around for over years — give or take a hundred, because he doesn't always tell the truth all the time.