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Mortal Engines – Concept Art

Universal Pictures released the first teaser trailer for their upcoming dystopian adaptation Mortal Engines. The film is based off of the British series of novels by Philip Reeve.

This is a series that I am unfamiliar with so, at first glance, the premise of gigantic moving cities swallowing up smaller mobile towns seems to be an interesting concept, but I am not sure how else I should interpret the premise. I am sure you guys will have various thoughts, especially if you’ve read the series before.

The official synopsis is 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.

via Universal Pictures

Mortal Engines stars Hugo Weaving, Hera Hilmar, Robert Sheehan, Jihae, Ronan Raftery, Leila George, Patrick Malahide, and Stephen Lang.

The film is directed by Oscar-winning visual effects artist Christian Rivers. Joining Rivers are The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogies three-time Academy Award-winning filmmakers Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, and Philippa Boyens, who have penned the screenplay.

Mortal Engines is set for a December 14, 2018 release. Make sure you check out the trailer below and let us know your thoughts.

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Sarah Musnicky

Sarah is a freelance writer and self-described workaholic. She loves fantasy and sci fi and will admit having dual loyalties between Star Trek and Star Wars as well as Marvel and DC. When she's not being socially awkward, she is in a corner obsessing over dragons, cute things, and a need to master all languages on the planet. She would like to be a professional blanket burrito when she reaches the peak of maturation.

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