Mortal Engines: It’s the beginning of a new saga
Universal Pictures has just released a brand new featurette for their upcoming film Mortal Engines. And this new featurette explores what convinced Peter Jackson and his team to jump on the wagon to bring the world of Mortal Engines to life on the big screen. It’s actually quite fascinating and seeing Philip Reeve geek out over how it all came to life is super adorable.
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The official synopsis for the film is below:
Hundreds of years after civilization was destroyed by a cataclysmic event, a mysterious young woman, Hester Shaw (Hera Hilmar), emerges as the only one who can stop London — now a giant, predator city on wheels — from devouring everything in its path. Feral, and fiercely driven by the memory of her mother, Hester joins forces with Tom Natsworthy (Robert Sheehan), an outcast from London, along with Anna Fang (Jihae), a dangerous outlaw with a bounty on her head.
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Mortal Engines is the startling, new epic adventure 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.
Visual effects are created by a Weta Digital team led by Ken McGaugh, Kevin Smith, Luke Millar, and Dennis Yoo. The Universal and MRC adaptation is from the award-winning book series by Philip Reeve, published in 2001 by Scholastic.
On board as producers are Zane Weiner, Amanda Walker, and Deborah Forte, as well as Walsh and Jackson. Ken Kamins joins Boyens as executive producer. Universal will distribute the film worldwide.
Mortal Engines will be released in theaters on December 14, 2018.