If you’re wondering what “Lord Of The Rings” director Peter Jackson has been up to, here’s your answer. The guy is working on a big screen adaptation of “Mortal Engines”, the British series of award-winning novels by Philip Reeve. Jackson and Fran Walsh have already written the screenplay with regular collaborator Philippa Boyens. However, Jackson will not direct, with that job handed to Christian Rivers in his directorial debut. Rivers has worked with Jackson for over two decades as a storyboard artist, on visual effects and as a Splinter Unit Director on “The Hobbit” trilogy. He won an Oscar for Visual Effects on “King Kong”.
Jackson is still pretty much a hands-on creative force on “Mortal Engines”, and today the man himself revealed our first look at concept art from the futuristic sci-fi. Those buildings you see are what’s called Traction Cities, enormous moving civilisations that battle other cities for what’s left of the planet’s resources.
Here’s the official synopsis for the books: “Set in a world many thousands of years in the future, Mortal Engines begins as Earth’s cities now roam the globe on huge wheels, devouring each other in a struggle for ever diminishing resources. On one of these massive Traction Cities, Tom Natsworthy has an unexpected encounter with a mysterious young woman from the Outlands who will change the course of his life forever.”
“Mortal Engines” stars Hugo Weaving (The Lord of Rings and The Hobbit trilogies), Robbie Sheehan (Fortitude, upcoming Geostorm), Ronan Raftery (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them), Hera Hilmar (Da Vinci’s Demons), Stephen Lang (Avatar), South Korean singer and actress Jihae (Mars), Leila George (Mother, May I Sleep With Danger?), Colin Salmon (Limitless), Patrick Malahide (Game of Thrones) and Rege-Jean Page (Roots). It premieres 14th December 2018.