Peter Jackson is taking on a new epic adaptation with MORTAL ENGINES!
Philip Reeve‘s 2011 steampunk YA novel Mortal Engines is headed to the big screen, helmed by a director know for his success in creating large scale fantasy adaptations: Lord of the Rings‘ Peter Jackson. And the first trailer just dropped!
Mortal Engines follows Tom Natsworthy (Robert Sheehan,) who lives in a world where whole municipalities travel around the globe on mechanized wheels and gears. These “Traction Cities” literally battle and consume each other in the fight of Earth’s last resources. Tom’s life is changed when he meets an Outlands rebel named Hester Shaw (Hera Hilmar) who introduces him to the muddy civilization left in the tracks of such grand cities. Unfortunately, Hester also has one of the most vicious men in existence, a leader in the London traction city named Thaddeus Valentine (Hugo Weaving) after them.
The trailer, featured at the top of the post, focuses on the story rather than the more fantastical elements, showing just how Tom gets mixed up with Hester and Valentine’s plans against them.
What we’re perhaps most surprised by is Hester’s scarring, which is really intense in the books and well… it’s been movie-fied. Still, this adaptation is looking pretty intriguing!
You can also check out the new movie poster of a (masked) Hester and the tagline “Some scars never heal” 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.