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MORTAL ENGINES (coming 2018, first trailer soon)

Discussion in 'TV + Film' started by soratami, Dec 12, 2017.

  1. "The first trailer for Mortal Engines, the new sci-fi/fantasy movie from some of the key creative minds behind The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, is premiering soon. Peter Jackson confirmed in a Facebook post that a teaser trailer for the film will play worldwide in front of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which opens this weekend.

    Christian Rivers, who worked on Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit, will make his feature film directorial debut with the project. Rivers won a Visual Effects Oscar for his work on another Jackson project, King Kong. Production took place this year in New Zealand, where The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit were made.

    The script for Mortal Engines was adapted by Philippa Boyens, who was part of the writing team for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. Jackson and his team have had the movie rights to Mortal Engines for many years now, so it's exciting to finally see it come together.

    In the book Mortal Engines, which was written by Philip Reeve, all of Earth's major cities are mounted on wheels, moving across the global as "Traction Cities." The bigger cities hunt down and consume the smaller ones as part of what Jackson calls "Municipal Darwinism." In this backdrop, the movie will tell an "original and emotional personal story," according to Jackson.

    Weta Workshop and Weta Digital, the props and effects studios that worked on The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, are also contributing to Mortal Engines. Hugo Weaving, who played Elrond in The Lord of the Rings, will star in Mortal Engines, while Avatar Actor Stephen Lang is also playing a big role.

    Jackson released a stunning piece of concept art for Mortal Engines earlier this year; check it out in the embed above. The film is due out at an unspecified date in 2018."

    I've been waiting for this for so long, so exciting it's finally happening!

    Did anyone else read these books? I'll admit I don't really remember much about the plot details, because it's been ages, but the concept/world should translate fantastically to a movie. A strong female protagonist in a unique post-apocalyptic setting, I'm expecting something like a mix between Hunger Games and Mad Max.
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  2. Solenciennes

    Solenciennes Staff Member

    I always thought this deserved a big screen adaptation. I loved how the fourth book ended too, if this takes off in a big way then I think it will translate really well. I just hope they get the casting right and don’t try and whitewash Anna Fang etc.
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  3. I remember the last book I read ended with

    The heroine leaving her family and going away for some reason

    Not sure how it all went after that. I think I might catch up with the series again now.
  4. I just watched this and lol

    Are the books any good?
  5. Solenciennes

    Solenciennes Staff Member

    Yeah! The film was such a misfire but the books are really great.
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  6. I just finished a reread last month (having first read them when they came out). The first two books are great. I didn’t enjoy books three and four as much; not sure if I was fatigued from reading them all one after the other. Overall, they’re definitely worth a read. It’s an interesting world to visit.

    Still have the Fever Crumb prequel trilogy to read and Night Flights.
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  7. Yeah, the film at least made me curious about the whole mythology. But some of it was... a choice and a half.

    Jackson really lost his mojo after LotR, huh

    I’ll give the books a go!
  8. P.s. I lost my old copies so I picked up the Ian McQue versions for my reread. The covers are gorgeous!

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