First City of Ember Trailer Lights Up!

May 15, 2008
Source: Official Website

City of Ember Trailer

The first full trailer for the new family fantasy film City of Ember has launched. The trailer does a great job of explaining the story and concept and I must say this looks thoroughly entertaining. It has been a long time since I've seen an adventure fantasy film of this caliber. I really believe a great film like this is necessary to establish an ideal for the kids of this generation, and City of Ember looks like it could be it. You can't deny that this looks and feels like a kids movie, but it's still something even I'm excited to see, quite a bit! If you need any more encouragement, the film is about an underground city full of warm yellow lights, but the city's generator begins to fail and the lights begin to flicker.

Did anyone else get a feeling like this was a mix of The Truman Show and Dark City, but made for children? I honestly think this looks great - the trailer is really energetic and thrilling and the production design looks simply wonderful. Plus its got Bill Murray as Mayor, Martin Landau, and Oscar-nominated youngster Saoirse Ronan. What are your thoughts after watching the trailer?

Watch the first trailer for City of Ember:

[flv: 502 290]

You can also watch the City of Ember trailer in High Definition on the Official Website

City of Ember is directed by Gil Kenan, of the animated movie Monster House previously, with a script by Caroline Thompson, of Homeward Bound, The Secret Garden, and Nightmare Before Christmas previously. The film is based on the Book of Ember series of books written by Jeanne DuPrau. City of Ember arrives in theaters on October 10th this year. The first teaser poster is featured below.

City of Ember Poster

Find more posts: Hype, To Watch, Trailer



I read this book when I was younger. I remember it being very good, so this has a chance.

Kevin on May 15, 2008


This looks like right up my alley! =)

Andrew on May 15, 2008


looks cool

Iron Man Fan on May 15, 2008


This was a FLAWLESS book ... this movie could be excellent. I look forward to it ... and coyo: you're WRONG. Learn to read instead of making assumptions. I hope they will keep all of the powerful moral and social issues the book brought up in place. Its a powerful book for adults as well as children. I highly recommend it. The second book ... hmmm ... not so much. But The City Of Ember is a must read. I'm looking forward to this movie.

E on May 15, 2008


The first thing I thought of when I saw this trailer was "Wow...this reminds me of Bioshock". It looks good, I'll probably take my younger siblings to see it.

IHateChildren on May 15, 2008


Wow something fresh, unique and much different then usual fantasy children flicks and that too from FOX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Fox sucks but damn this looks very good. I will be there opening weekend.

Jojo on May 15, 2008


Reminds me of Bioshock for some reason.

Richard on May 15, 2008


People who say it reminds them of BioShock are dealing only with surface. The textures are similar - and the similarity ends there. Everything reminds one of a videogame, if they haven't taken the time to immerse themselves fully in the richness and variety of the nuanced, imaginary Reality of books, perhaps... At any rate- this looks top notch. Although Alex's assertion that 'this generation needs a movie like this'? Looks a bit traumatic & paranoid, doncha think? Like a combination of Goonies & the Truman Show. I'm sure kids'll love it. That's the ticket, after all, ennit? Teach them to question reality nice & EARLY ... I say go for it, kiddos. The society your parents have handed you certainly ain't cuttin' it!

Djo on May 15, 2008


That sounded really good in my cheap headphones 🙂

Josh Rowe on May 16, 2008


i can't describe how bad the trailer looks..

coolio on May 16, 2008


You're kind of spoiling the ending by revealing that the city is actually underground.

Young Dave on May 16, 2008


Shero, there really is just no time and space to fit in Cannes coverage... I'm swamped already and about to start excessive Indiana Jones hype, too, and really don't have time to do Cannes write ups. I'll see what I can do and I know it's a big event that I love reading about too... Stay tuned! 🙂

Alex Billington on May 16, 2008


*Sigh No Djo, it's not just the 'textures' that reminds me of Bioshock. It's the whole retro look and 'dying city' scenario. Have you ever even played the game? With your snobby 'books or bust' attitude, I'm surprised you even own a computer.

IHateChildren on May 16, 2008


All I'm saying, IHC, is that if the book came first - Bioshock should remind you of the book; and not the other way around; if you're paying attention to the culture you're living in. And for the look & feel, there's another film that this is taking cues from: "City of Lost Children". I assure you Lost Children are far more interesting than regular children, IHC. Give it a look - you won't be disapointed.

Djo on May 16, 2008


(Apologies for the semi-colons & typos. Typing at work ... best get back to it!)

Djo on May 16, 2008


I did think of BIOSHOCK when I saw the trailer................... BILL is in it so I will stream it

SHANE D on May 16, 2008


trailer looks pretty nice. The logo, on the other hand, looks a little too cheesy... like a superhero logo or something.

Alfredo on May 16, 2008


Very cool but I really hate the logo. It makes it look like a movie it isn't. I love Gil Kenan. He is so original and innovative with somewhat scary concepts and giving them a wide and family-friendly appeal.

Ryan on May 16, 2008


Very cool but I really hate the logo. It makes it look like a movie it isn't. I love Gil Kenan. He is so original and innovative with somewhat scary concepts and giving them a wide and family-friendly appeal...

Ryan on May 16, 2008


Man, I loved this book too, glad to see faithful adoptions on beloved material.

DavidR on May 16, 2008


The trailer looks so good you know the movie is going to be awesome. I love how dark and ominous the sets look, and that the plot of the apocalypse looming just ahead really relates to today’s world. Plus Bill Murray playing the villainous Mayor Cole is not something I want to miss! My name is Blair and I am an official ambassador for City of Ember and I have access to first-look pics of the movie not seen in the trailer, which I would be more than happy to share with you. I would love to have your help spreading the word about City of Ember and get the buzz going! I hope I’m not over stepping any bounds by posting on your blog. Hope to speak with you soon. Best, Blair Landon Official Ambassador

Blair Landon on May 30, 2008


Its Journey to the SURFACE of the earth!

john on Jun 16, 2008


Hello all, I teach elementary school and I have read this book to my classes two years in a row. They both loved it! They always want me to read the next book in the series, People of Sparks. I simply LOVE this book and the imagination it takes for my kids to try and figure out the "secret code" and exactly where they live, is what kids need more of these days. I agree that knowing they live underground does spoil a bit of the mystery of the plot; however, the movie could still be fantastic. One thing I dont' understand about the trailer is the noise they hear in the tunnel. Is that supposed to be the river? It sounded like a growl. Either way, it looks promising. -Alora P.S. My husband plays Bioshock and the trailer did not remind me of the game at all. Bioshock has a creepy feeling, the trailer is mysterious.

Alora on Jun 29, 2008


It really does remind me of a less creepy Rapture I also saw a brief glimpse of the logo "For the Good of All Mankind" in large letters - which is exactly what you see in the first room of Bioshock.

Al on Aug 16, 2008


bioshock? city of lost children? - only a trailer but this felt bereft of originality. the socre was dreadful & so was the acting seemingly

fatcat on Sep 3, 2008


Looks like a good adaptation. (Wonder if "The Seventh Tower" will be adapted...)

Dyi on Sep 4, 2008

New comments are no longer allowed on this post.



Subscribe to our feed -or- daily newsletter:
Follow Alex's main account on twitter:
For the latest posts only - follow this one:

Add our updates to your Feedly - click here

Get the latest posts sent in Telegram Telegram