Humanity has survived a nuclear war but now travels the Earth, scavenging in huge mechanised cities.
The Mortal Engines is based on a series of young adult novels by author Philip Reeve.
In this story, a young female assassin, Hester, tries to kill Thaddeus Valentine, one of the top historians in the city of London. A city on wheels that travels the plains of an apocalyptic Earth, the result of a nuclear war decades earlier.
Her plan is thwarted by a young man, Tom, and they both end up stranded on the barren wasteland. Their adventure together is about to begin.
In anticipation of this film, I have read the novel its based upon and discovered a fun adventure tale. I’m interested to see how well this film has been adapted from its source material.
As the film nears release, this trailer certainly teases a lot of the main plot points including Hester’s flashback sequence to which reveals how she came to be.
Mortal Engines is released in the UK on the 8th December with the US following a week later. All other countries check the IMDb listings.
Hundreds of years after civilization was destroyed by a cataclysmic event, a mysterious young woman, Hester Shaw (Hera Hilmar), emerges as the only one who can stop London — now a giant, predator city on wheels — from devouring everything in its path. Feral, and fiercely driven by the memory of her mother, Hester joins forces with Tom Natsworthy (Robert Sheehan), an outcast from London, along with Anna Fang (Jihae), a dangerous outlaw with a bounty on her head.
Mortal Engines is the startling, new epic adventure directed by Oscar®-winning visual-effects artist Christian Rivers (King Kong). Joining Rivers are The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogies three-time Academy Award®-winning filmmakers Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, who have penned the screenplay. Visual effects are created by a Weta Digital team led by Ken McGaugh, Kevin Smith, Luke Millar and Dennis Yoo. The Universal and MRC adaptation is from the award-winning book series by Philip Reeve, published in 2001 by Scholastic.
On board as producers are Zane Weiner (The Hobbit trilogy), Amanda Walker (The Hobbit trilogy) and Deborah Forte (Goosebumps), as well as Walsh and Jackson. Ken Kamins (The Hobbit trilogy) joins Boyens as executive producer. Universal will distribute the film worldwide.