One of this year’s most anticipated films premiered from Sony Pictures Entertainment on August 21st: City of Bones. Since then, Sony Reader Store, Sony Pictures, and Sony DADC have partnered to create an exclusive eBook based on the original prop book from the film: The Gray Book.
City of Bones is the first book in a worldwide bestselling series—The Mortal Instruments—from young adult author Cassandra Clare. Sony’s various media platforms were the perfect combination to create what fans will recognize as The Gray Book: a book of “Runes” taken from the storyline.
The book was created as a fundamental prop for the movie and showcased in a key scene. DADC obtained the original pages of the rune book from production. From there, DADC and Sony Reader Store worked together on a conversion process that would allow the original pages to be available as a downloadable eBook to read across various devices. The book contains twenty Runes, a note on their significance, along with its Latin translation.
In The Mortal Instruments, Runes were markings given to the first generation Shadowhunters by the Angel Raziel to fight Demons; they are what make Shadowhunters different from average humans. Every Rune known has been recorded in the original Gray Book, an extremely rare and valuable book that must be specially made as the markings will burn regular paper.
For both readers and non-readers of The Mortal Instruments, each Rune is a unique masterpiece: symbolic, intricate and extremely powerful for anyone who has access to them.
About The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones Movie
A Constantin Film International GmbH and Unique Features (TMI) Inc. production, “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” is directed by Harald Zwart from a screenplay by Jessica Postigo Paquette based on the New York Times best-selling young adult fantasy novel by Cassandra Clare. The film features Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Robert Sheehan, Lena Headey, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, and more. Robert Kulzer and Don Carmody are producing and Bob Shaye, Michael Lynne and Martin Moszkowicz are executive producing.
Set in contemporary New York, “The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones” follows Clary Fray, a seemingly ordinary teenager as she discovers that she is the descendant of a line of Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of young half-angel warriors locked in an ancient battle to protect our world from demons. After the disappearance of her mother, Clary must join forces with a group of Shadowhunters, who introduce her to a dangerous alternative New York called Downworld, filled with demons, warlocks, vampires, werewolves and other deadly creatures.