New Mortal Engines trailer: Peter Jackson’s film revs up for release

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As far back as 2009 Peter Jackson was reported to have begun developing the cinematic version of Philip Reeve's novel Mortal Engines. There may be signs that the young adult/fantasy era may be coming to an end with A Wrinkle in Time and The Darkest Minds struggling at the box office this year. The timing for Mortal Engines may not be the best when seen in that context but there is a lot of money behind this ($100m in production alone) and Universal will be doing all they can to make this a success. A new trailer has just been released and you can check it out above.

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.

Christian Rivers debuts with this monster blockbuster, with Hugo Weaving, Jihae, Ronan Raftery, Leila George, Patrick Malahide and Stephen Lang all starring in the cast.

Mortal Engines is in UK cinemas from December 8th.

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