Universal has released the newest trailer for Christian Rivers‘ Mortal Engines, a film adaptation of the YA books of the same name by author Philip Reeve. Once again, the YA adaptation is set in a dystopian time where our young protagonist is the only one who can bring peace to a broken world. So how will this differ from any of the other films with a similar premise? Well, it will have the creative filmmakers behind The Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit trilogies to bring this film to life. Check out the trailer here below.
The large scope of the upcoming film adaptation shouldn’t be a huge surprise considering that it comes from the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit team of Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, and Peter Jackson. They were the ones to successfully adapt J.K. Tolkien’s epic works. So while Reeve’s Mortal Engines books may not have the same lengthy stock as Lord of the Rings, the film still feels like a large-scale epic, as there are cities built on top of moving vehicles. But things get only more complicated when giant metropolises are able to swallow these cities.
Here’s the official plot synopsis:
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.
We’ve seen many YA film adaptations released throughout the years, all met with varying degrees of success. While I am not familiar with the books themselves, the visualization of Mortal Engines looks incredible. Watching this on a computer simply doesn’t do it justice, so I can’t wait to see this on the big screen.
Mortal Engines stars Hugo Weaving, Hera Hilmar, Robert Sheehan, Jihae, Ronan Raftery, Leila George, Patrick Malahide, and Stephen Lang. Universal has scheduled the film to open in theaters on December 14, 2018.