Peter Jackson Reveals 'Mortal Engines' Concept Art of a Moving City

Saturday, 27 May 2017 - 7:10PM
Saturday, 27 May 2017 - 7:10PM
Peter Jackson Reveals 'Mortal Engines' Concept Art of a Moving City
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Now that Peter Jackson's finished with nearly every Lord of the Rings book (unless he thinks he can handle The Silmarillion), he's moved onto other projects, his current one being an adaptation of the Phillip Reeves' YA steampunk series Mortal Engines

It's been several months since we've heard about the project, which Jackson is producing while his longtime collaborator Christian Rivers directs, but Jackson posted some official concept art on his Facebook account. It shows protagonist Hester Shaw in a large scarf watching an enormous moving city leaving a large dust cloud in its wake. If you look closely, surrounding airships and a White House-looking building are also visible: 

Mortal Engines, and the many other books in the series that Reeves would later write, is a young adult dystopian series with a steampunk twist (that sentence might either intrigue or deter you, depending on your tastes). War has long destroyed modern society, and roving city-states on wheels are the new superpowers, which go around destroying and consuming smaller cities for resources.

So far, Hugo Weaving (Lord of the Rings, The Matrix), Robert Sheehan, Ronan Raftery (Fantastic Beasts), Hera Hilmar, and Stephen Lang (Avatar) have joined the cast. Jackson previously made a statement summarizing the series, and what he plans to do with it:

Opening quote
"If you haven't read the books, you should. They present a stunning look into the future, when all of Earth's major cities are now mounted on wheels, roaming across the landscape as massive "Traction Cities". Our society has build itself on the principals of Municipal Darwinism – this basically involves the bigger cities hunting down, and consuming, the smaller ones. And that's only the backdrop to an original and emotional personal story."
Closing quote

Again, the "young adult dystopian" part may discourage some folks who've gotten sick of their Hunger Games and Divergents and Maze Runners. But Jackson's made just as many good movies as bad ones (three Lord of the Rings movies and three Hobbit movies) so this could potentially go either way. The concept art looks good, so Mortal Engines certainly looks like something to keep an eye on. 

Mortal Engines is currently scheduled to come out December 14, 2018.

Via: /Film
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