The first teaser trailer for the first instalment in Peter Jackson’s new epic fantasy series has arrived, and the first words that went through my head were: Mad Max meets Howl’s Moving Castle. There are certainly a few interesting visuals and I wonder if this material, based on Philip Reeve’s series of post-apocalyptic, steampunk novels, has brought back Jackson’s old quirky side.
Mortal Engines is set in a pretty nightmarish future where cities roam and rampage around the globe, destroying towns for resources. Things soon take a mysterious turn when Tom Natsworthy has an unexpected encounter with a woman from the Outlands.
Jackson isn’t actually on board to direct the adaptation, which will be directed by Christian Rivers, but he’s producer and co-writer with his usual partners Philippa Boyens and Fran Walsh. It stars Hugo Weaving, Robert Sheehan, Stephan Lang, Jihae, Colin Salmon and Hera Hilmar.
Mortal Engines is scheduled for release on December 14, 2018.