Universal Pictures has today released the teaser trailer for Peter Jackson’s Mortal Engines. The trailer drop comes shortly following the teaser’s original debut at selected screenings of Star Wars: The Last Jedi this past weekend.
The film takes place in a dystopian world thousands of years after civilization’s breakdown. In this post-apocalyptic future, remaining human survivors roam across what’s left of earth on moving cities and towns. Unfortunately, the ill-fated smaller traction towns are ruthlessly preyed upon for their dwindling recourses by the gigantic moving cities roaming the wasteland. Mortal Engines follows Tom Natsworthy (Robert Sheehan, Misfits), who hails from the Lower Tier of the traction city of London, and fugitive Hester Shaw (Hera Hilmar, 2 Birds), who cross paths and form an unlikely alliance to bring change to the destructive mobile society.
Mortal Engines’ screenplay is penned by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson, alongside, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens. The film is directed by Oscar-winning visual-effects artist, and Jackson’s longtime collaborator, Christian Rivers who has worked on the Lord of the Rings trilogy, King Kong and The Lovely Bones.
We have only been granted a miniscule peek at what is to come, but from what I have seen the Mortal Engines teaser certainly looks like a mix between Studio Ghibli’s animated masterpiece Howl’s Moving Castle (albeit more steampunk than whimsical) and George Miller’s gritty, vehicle ridden wasteland in Mad Max: Fury Road – and I don’t know about you, but I am here for it! While we can rejoice that the first book in Philip Reeve’s bestselling quartet ‘The Hungry City Chronicles’ is finally getting an adaptation, we still have a painfully long wait ahead until Mortal Engines hits the big screen.