Harald Zwart sat down with nrk.no for an interview and talked about the first and second installments of The Mortal Instruments series.
The following article was written in Norwegian and translated to English (thanks to Google hehe!).
Zwart discusses why he chose to direct City of Bones:
"We decided to make a film in this genre because we believe it is important that young girls need good role models. We have a daughter ourselves and when we see the role models girls are presented, we thought it was appropriate to contribute a lead character who is strong and smart, and find their own power. That was what we wanted the most from this movie."
He then praised Lily Collins performance as Clary Fray:
"She has the ability to look completely normal - well, almost nerdy – when we ask her to. So, the next moment, she shows tremendous charisma. She is a very talented actor. She has really gone in depth here, which is very inspiring."
Zwart explains he is really proud of the movie and isn't feeling too much pressure:
"We have made a good movie that we can only,” he added. “The rest will be up to the marketing experts. Our focus now is the next movie."
Zwart also mentions about filming the sequel, The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes in September and working with the very talented Sigourney Weaver, who will be the Inquisitor, Imogen Herondale:
"It will be exciting to work with such an amazing actor who is familiar with the genre. Alien is in the Top 5 movie list," reveals Zwart. Characterizing The Mortal Instruments like a cross between Harry Potter and The Exorcist."
When asked if Zwart will change anything for City of Ashes, he says not that much:
"We won't do that much differently. We will create even more of a complex psychological drama, where we will play even more with people's perceptions. The funny thing about science fiction is that it allows for some powerful and creative storytelling."