Peter Jackson is Bringing Mortal Engines to the Big Screen?

December 22, 2009

Mortal Engines

We've been wondering what Peter Jackson would direct next following The Lovely Bones. It could be that Dambusters movie or Temeraire, or something entirely different. (via SlashFilm) is reporting a scoop that Jackson is secretly working on adapting the Mortal Engines series of fantasy novels written by Philip Reeve. There are four books in the series and Jackson is said to be working on adapting the first one. The paper wasn't able to get in touch with Jackson for confirmation, but they do say he's had the rights to the books for some time, so it's possible this is true. And if it turns out true, I'll be very excited to see this.

The Mortal Engines books are set in a post-apocalyptic steampunk world, ravaged in ages past by a nuclear holocaust known as the "Sixty Minute War," which caused massive geological upheaval. Cities have become giant vehicles that wander around like nomads and must consume resources and sometimes each other in order to survive. The lead characters in the story are a 15-year-old orphan from the new version of London and an 'Anti-Tractionist' girl he meets who believes the cities should stop moving. Wouldn't it be awesome to see Peter Jackson and the geniuses at Weta Digital bring all that to life? I'm already loving the concept.

We'll definitely let you know if we hear anything else about this project. For now, if you're interested, you might as well pick up some of the novels ($21 on Amazon) since they're apparently pretty damn good. I'm crossing my fingers and hoping this or Temeraire ends up being PJ's very next project. What about you?

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  • Lee
    YES!! one of the best fantasy directors and one of the best fantasy stories!! i would not trust anyone else in the world with mortal engines, if this is true then it's a good day :)
  • Cody
    Well this sounds cool..never read the books but the ideasounds awesome. Should make for some great eyecandy.....Moving island cities and such, after all its Jackson doubt well be let down. Id rather he do the one with the dragon air force that just sounded cool.
  • greenblade
    HOOraayyy...another post-apocalypse movie...maybe this one can have vampires, too...oh yeah, that's been done...Wait! maybe it can have zombies...oh yeah that's been done, too. The PA genre needs a rest before the end of the world as we know it comes.
  • SlashBeast
    That sounds painfully derivative.




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