First ‘Mortal Engines’ Trailer Teases Peter Jackson-Produced Sci-Fi Epic

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Universal has unveiled the first trailer for Mortal Engines, the upcoming sci-fi adventure co-written and produced by Peter Jackson.

The story is set thousands of years after civilisation was destroyed by a cataclysmic event. Naturally, the world has become one troubling place. Huge, mechanically-powered cities roam the earth, ruthlessly taking down smaller traction towns. The course of the future is changed when two opposites – Tom (Robert Sheehan) from a Lower Tier of London and Hester (Her Hilmar), a dangerous fugitive – forge an unlikely alliance.

Filmmaker Peter Jackson takes a writer/producer position alongside his fellow Lord of the Rings collaborators Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens for this ambitious-looking picture. The teaser gives up very little of the plot, but it does show off the crazy setting that author Philip Reeve came up with in his book series. Yep, if this one performs nicely… well, Mortal Engines is an adaptation of the first of four novels.

The film is directed by Christian Rivers, who’s been working with Jackson in a visual effects capacity since the ’92 comedy gorefest Dead Alive. Rivers earned an Academy Award for his work on Jackson’s King Kong.

Mortal Engines, also starring Jihae, Leila George, Ronan Raftery, Colin Salmon, Patrick Malahide, Regé-Jean Page, Stephen Lang and Hugo Weaving, opens in the US on December 14 and arrives in Australia on December 26, 2018.

Official synopsis for Mortal Engines:

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.

Mortal Engines is the startling, new epic adventure directed by Oscar®-winning visual-effects artist Christian Rivers (King Kong). 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. 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 (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. Universal will distribute the film worldwide.

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