Peter Jackson is Bringing Mortal Engines to the Big Screen?
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. Stuff.co.nz (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?