Geekery: Watch Cities Devour Each Other in ‘Mortal Engines’

Philip Reeve’s novel is coming to theaters thanks to Peter Jackson – the first trailer looks pretty epic.

Mortal Engines is part of a quartet of books set in a post-apocalyptic world where resources are scarce, and massive geological events are common. To deal with constant earthquakes, and dwindling supplies, London was placed on massive engines and wheels. The city tracks down and dismantles smaller cities for their resources. A concept Reeves calls “municipal Darwinism.”

In this part of the quartet a pair of unlikely heroes begin their journey to change the course of the world.

Here’s a first look…

Jackson is acting producer and wrote the screenplay with Fran Walsh, and Philippa Boyens. He’s handed the directing reins over to Christian Rivers who was a second unit director on Lord of the Rings, and has been working with Jackson since Dead Alive. This will be his directorial debut. One of the biggest tasks at hand for Rivers and Weta Digital is to sell these massive cities as more than a CG dog and pony show.

Cast includes Hera HilmarRobert SheehanStephen Lang, and Hugo Weaving.

Mortal Engines hits theaters December 14th.

  • euansmith

    This brings a new spin to Trip Adviser’s where to eat recommendations.

  • Drpx

    *Watches trailer*
    How exactly does a city sneak up on you? Also, how did London get off the island?

    • georgelabour

      D20 system, and it just pushed the thames out in front of it as a mobile walking platform.

      There may also have been sea turtles involved.

    • Mathew G. Smith

      It isn’t an island anymore.

    • orionburn III

      I have to laugh a bit that she needed a scope to see what was coming up on them. That’s like needing a telescope to look at Mt Everest when you’re 2 miles away from it…lol.

    • Ben Martin

      This is like thousands of years in the future after a ton of massive geological stuff. The North Sea is now a land bridge.
      Cities usually don’t sneak up yea, it tends to be more of a chase

  • Shadowstrife

    If this isn’t a metaphor for Disney swallowing up whole swathes of the film industry, I don’t know what is.

    Seriously, Mad Max meets Howls Moving Castle. Sounds fun. I’m in.

  • PlasmaCow

    loved the book series, didn’t even know a film was on the cards till the trailer dropped this week. Looks reasonably promising, hopefully they won’t Hollywood-ise the messy ending of the first book.

    • Gregory Heyes

      The first book is probably the easiest and best to put to film, especially if they try to make it for teens. The later books, though, those get really disjointed and dark in places.