Have a first peek at Mortal Engines.
Following the conclusion of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogies, three-time Academy Award®-winning filmmakers Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh return to the screen with a startling and sweeping new vision of a future where Earth’s cities now roam the globe on huge wheels, battling each other in a struggle for ever-diminishing resources.
This trailer is actually pretty spare. The crew of a giant mechanical rover is being pursued by a monstrously larger version of itself — which turns out to be the city of London. In this world, cities are put on wheels to roam the corrupted landscape of Earth, consuming other smaller equally mobile cities as resources. It’s based on the first book of a four book series by the same name, written by Phillip Reeve.
We note that they actually fill a good chunk of the trailer with title cards. This is kind of a cheat, but otherwise we’d have a 30 second teaser. This is a sign that the effects and post production are seeing a few challenges, but they do have a full year to get all this figured out, so we think they’ll be just fine when premiere time comes.
This is the world of Mortal Engines, the story of how two unlikely heroes come together and change the course of the future. Universal Pictures and MRC’s epic adaptation of the award-winning book series from Philip Reeve, published in 2001 by Scholastic, Mortal Engines is directed by Oscar®-winning visual-effects pioneer Christian Rivers (King Kong).
Jackson and Walsh co-wrote the screenplay with their fellow Oscar®-winning collaborator, Mortal Engines executive producer Philippa Boyens, with whom they crafted The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogies. Zane Weiner (The Hobbit series), Amanda Walker (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey) and Deborah Forte (Goosebumps) also produce, while Ken Kamins (The Hobbit series) joins Boyens as executive producer. Universal will distribute the film worldwide.
It stars Hera Hilmar, Robert Sheehan, Jihae, Leila George, Ronan Raftery, Colin Salmon, Patrick Malahide, Regé-Jean Page, Stephen Lang and Hugo Weaving, and it’s due out December 18, 2018.