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[Trailer] Entire Cities Hit the Road in Peter Jackson-Produced ‘Mortal Engines’

[Trailer] Entire Cities Hit the Road in Peter Jackson-Produced ‘Mortal Engines’

Peter Jackson presents an epic new saga.

It was nearly ten years ago that we first reported on Peter Jackson being attached to a feature adaptation of Philip Reeve’s Mortal Engines book series, so this one has needless to say been a long time coming. Oscar-winning visual effects artist Christian Rivers directed the film, which just got an official teaser trailer via Universal Pictures.

The title refers to MASSIVE vehicles that are literally entire cities on wheels, traversing a post-apocalyptic landscape not unlike one you’d see in a Mad Max film.

Check out the teaser below.

“Thousands of years after civilization was destroyed by a cataclysmic event, humankind has adapted and a new way of living has evolved. Gigantic moving cities now roam the Earth, ruthlessly preying upon smaller traction towns. Tom Natsworthy (Robert Sheehan)—who hails from a Lower Tier of the great traction city of London—finds himself fighting for his own survival after he encounters the dangerous fugitive Hester Shaw (Hera Hilmar). Two opposites, whose paths should never have crossed, forge an unlikely alliance that is destined to change the course of the future.”

Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens penned the screenplay.

The Universal and MRC adaptation is from the book series by Philip Reeve, published in 2001 by Scholastic. On board as producers are Zane Weiner (The Hobbit trilogy), Amanda Walker (The Hobbit trilogy) and Deborah Forte (Goosebumps), as well as Walsh and Jackson. Ken Kamins (The Hobbit trilogy) joins Boyens as executive producer.

The Mortal Engines arrive on December 14, 2018.



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  • jacobia

    Never heard of the books, looks intriguing.

  • Brian McNatt

    Caught this trailer in front of THE LAST JEDI. Looks weird, but then, we need more weird in our big Hollywood films, so I’m in.

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  • Gray Michael

    Looks bad ass.

  • J Jett

    this looks fucking awesome! this teaser will help me put the awful taste of Luc Besson’s VALERIAN out of my mind. i watched the first 40 minutes of that movie last night and i’m still in shock (i shouldn’t be) at how atrocious both Cara Delevingne (always awful) and Dane Dehaan (doing his best awful Keanu Reeves impersonation) were in it.
    but yeah, MORTAL ENGINES looks amazing! i can’t wait.

    • Brandon

      Me too; I couldn’t finish Valerian, either.

  • Brandon

    Where’s Kevin Costner when you need him?

  • AdamX

    If a lot of hoops are jumped through and hills climbed, by that picture in the header I believe we have found our Skarlet for the next MK movie whenever it gets made…maybe before 2035!

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