Based on the novel of the same name by Philip Reeve, Mortal Engines will take us into a futuristic steampunk world following the ravages of a "Sixty Minute War." In this future, cities are now mobile, moving around the world propelled by gigantic engines and wheels. Along the way, the cities cannibalize smaller towns to replenish their own resources. We've gotten a glimpse of this horrifying concept brought to life for the big screen in the first Mortal Engines teaser trailer, which was released in December 2017.
Long-time Peter Jackson storyboard artist and collaborator Christian Rivers will make his feature-film directorial debut with Mortal Engines, while Jackson will produce. The screenplay was also written by Jackson, along with his frequent writing partners Philippa Boyens and Fran Walsh. According to fans of Philip Reeve's novel, it looks like the Mortal Engines movie will focus primarily on the character of Hester instead of Tom, the main character of the book. That's not necessarily a bad, thing, though. Even the author himself approves of the switch, which could be helpful in setting the stage for a new Mortal Engines film franchise. "The first book was seen through Tom's eyes, but [Hester] is the reason there were sequels," Reeve told The Bookseller. "She is the heart and soul. More important than the moving cities, in fact."
Several other crew members from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films are also on board for Mortal Engines, including Zane Weiner and Amanda Walker. Starring Robert Sheehan, Hera Hilmar, Ronan Raftery, and Hugo Weaving, science fiction fans have a lot to look forward to on December 14, 2018 — Mortal Engines should be a visual extravaganza with a compelling story that will blow viewers away.