Impressive Full Trailer for 'Mortal Engines' Produced by Peter Jackson
"I've been looking for you for a long time." Universal has debuted the full-length official trailer for the sci-fi adaptation Mortal Engines, based on a popular book series. This adaptation has been in the works for years, in development by Peter Jackson and the LOTR/Hobbit team. Jackson is not directing, instead he's letting a VFX supervisor from Weta make his directorial debut. The fantastically eccentric ensemble cast includes Hugo Weaving, Hera Hilmar, Robert Sheehan, Jihae, Ronan Raftery, Leila George, Patrick Malahide, and Stephen Lang. While they're still not done yet, this does have some amazing VFX from Weta. The plot in this, which reminds me a bit of Dune at first glance, is about huge cities that move around and battle against each other. I have to say - I'm very impressed, this looks awesome, with a huge scope and scale that seems like it might be exciting to get into this world. You might want to check this out.
Here's the full-length trailer (+ poster) for Christian Rivers' Mortal Engines, direct from YouTube:
Thousands of years after civilization was destroyed by a cataclysmic event, humankind has adapted and a new way of living has evolved. Gigantic moving cities now roam the Earth, ruthlessly preying upon smaller traction towns. Tom Natsworthy (Robert Sheehan)—who hails from a Lower Tier of the great traction city of London—finds himself fighting for his own survival after he encounters the dangerous fugitive Hester Shaw (Hera Hilmar). Two opposites, whose paths should never have crossed, forge an unlikely alliance that is destined to change the course of the future. Mortal Engines is directed by Kiwi filmmaker Christian Rivers, a former VFX supervisor and storyboard artist from Weta now making his feature directorial debut. The screenplay is written by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, and Peter Jackson (of The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings) adapted from Philip Reeve's book series of the same name. Universal will release Mortal Engines in theaters everywhere starting on December 14th later this year. Your thoughts?
Reader Feedback - 16 Comments
I watched this with the sound off, but I could still hear a faint "flop"
TheOct8pus on Jun 5, 2018
If the books are popular the film might stand a chance, but to the uninitiated this trailer looks like another lifeless, green-screen-tween™ flick.
RJmacready on Jun 5, 2018
I am uninitiated, and that's exactly what it looks like to me.
grimjob on Jun 5, 2018
Looks almost uncannily like a Wachowski project. Such meh.
DAVIDPD on Jun 5, 2018
No magic, no fantasy, just a cash machine, full of cliches ...
shiboleth on Jun 5, 2018
I've read the books. I've been hoping for years Mortal Engines would eventually make it to film, and I have to say I'm disappointed now it's here. This looks like pure hunger games mimicry, lacking the Mad Max-esque mud and rust, the best and worst aspects of humanity that need to be present to land what the book is all about. This feels like a cheap and shiny knock-off of a universe I love.
MK24 on Jun 5, 2018
I know it's fantasy, but it's really hard to get past the premise...
kitano0 on Jun 5, 2018
Christ, that looks embarrassingly poor.
Payne by name on Jun 5, 2018
That look impressively uninteresting. At best it's decent eye candy. The dialogue and story seem average and it looks as if they are banking on an intriguing premise (moving cities) to push it. I'm all for sci-fi, fantasy popcorn flick but nothing here hooks me. Nothing.
LightningB on Jun 5, 2018
Feel a dud coming.. .
ari smulders on Jun 5, 2018
Alex, did you watch the same trailer that we all did ?
Tester on Jun 6, 2018
I was just thinking the same thing.
CShane on Jun 6, 2018
Hard left turn!
Brandon Cole on Jun 6, 2018
Peter Jackson was a very interesting director before Lord of the Rings. Since then, he became a George Lucas bis, that is: soulless CGI fest and uninspired cinematography. The premise is very interesting, and I am a sucker when it comes to post apocalyptic universes, but this thing left me cold. They should have given it to George Miller.
tarek on Jun 6, 2018
Please be good! please be good! please be good!
theboyd on Jun 7, 2018
Set in a world where acting doesn't matter.
GonnaDieNow on Jun 9, 2018
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