Cities are moving on wheels now and you best get out of their way. Mortal Engines, the film adaption of the 2001 steampunk series by the same name released the film’s first official trailer today. The film is produced by famous Peter Jackson (Lord Of The Rings, The Hobbit, District 9) and directed by the first-time feature director, Christian Rivers. Rivers is mostly known for his work in visual and special effects and the art department for films such as Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit and King Kong.
Trailer via Universal Pictures
This post-apocalyptic quartet of novels written by Philip Reeve (Larklight Trilogy) tells the story that flashes forward thousands of years into the future after a cataclysmic event causes humans to adapt to create giant roaming cities on wheels that fight for diminishing resources and gobble up smaller moving towns for resources. The book centers on Hester Shaw, a dangerous fugitive/assassin and apprentice Tom Natsworthy, as they arekicked out of London and form an unexpected alliance that could save their future.
This first official trailer does not seem to stray too far from the novel as it showcases its main characters Hester played by Hera Hilmar and Tom played by Robert Sheehan as they get kicked out of the moving city by the deceitful and power-hungry historian played by Hugo Weaving. The trailer reveals epically detailed shootouts and high-flying aerial battles which characters which reveal other characters such as Anna Fang, a pilot and leader of the Anti-Traction League, a resistance group that is against moving cities depleting the Earth’s resources. While this trailer is chock full of action and adventure, the majority of the story’s structure of what made the book series so loved is still intact. Let’s see if first-time director Christian Rivers is able to take on this massive steampunk epic of a book series and translate it well on screen.
The film is set to be released December 14th, 2018, worldwide. Hopefully, avid fans of the series can wait until the holidays for the film’s arrival.
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