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.