Peter Jackson's Mortal Engines Trailer Promises an Epic New Saga

The first trailer for Peter Jackson's Mortal Engines movie has released. The long-awaited adaptation of Philip Reeve's 2001 novel, Mortal Engines, has gone through numerous stages of development before finally getting off the ground late last year. Jackson's plans to adapt Reeve's novel for the big screen were first revealed way back in 2009. But shortly after the film's announcement, Guillermo del Toro dropped out of directing The Hobbit for New Line Cinema, another one of Jackson's passion projects. And so, Jackson got swept up in returning to Middle-Earth one last time, which meant Mortal Engines was temporarily set aside.

In response, Universal Pictures and WingNut Films (Jackson's production company) promoted Jackson's longtime collaborator and first-time director, Christian Rivers, to the director's chair. The project finally moved out of development hell and into pre-production in October 2016, with filming having been slated to begin in spring 2017. Although Jackson is no longer directing Mortal Engines, the movie is still based on a script from Jackson and his fellow Lord of the Rings screenwriters and producers Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens. And after all these years, audiences can now get their first look at the long-awaited Mortal Engines adaptation.

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Universal Pictures released the first trailer for Christian Rivers' Mortal Engines today, which played in front of select showings of Rian Johnson's Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi this past weekend. You can watch the trailer in the section above.

Mortal Engines is the first book in Reeve's novel tetralogy of the same name - the others being 2003's Predator's Gold, 2005's Infernal Devices, and 2006's A Darkling Plain - and takes place in a dystopian future (called the Traction Era), a result of the Sixty Minute War, a nuclear holocaust, that devastated the entire planet. The book (and, presumably, the film) takes on the steampunk aesthetic and centers on a futuristic London that's now one massive, mobile machine that scours the planet for resources.

With the above trailer having released, audiences can now rest assured knowing that the Mortal Engines is finally on its way to theaters. The film is scheduled to bow next December, opposite Sony Pictures' animated Spider-Man film, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, and one week before James Wan's Aquaman and Travis Knight's Transformers spinoff, Bumblebee: The Movie. While it remains to be seen how Mortal Engines will perform at the box office against the aforementioned movies, Jackson's films (which have all released in December, since The Fellowship of the Ring) have typically performed well during the holiday season, so Mortal Engines should as well.

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Source: Universal Pictures

Key Release Dates
  • Mortal Engines (2018) release date: Dec 14, 2018
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