Mortal Engines

Author Phillip Reeve’s four-part Predator Cities book series isn’t messing around when it comes to its title: in the future depicted in the novels, cities have become actual predators. Every city on Earth is now on wheels, constantly cruising around looking for smaller cities to consume and absorb.

The first book in that series, Mortal Engines, is getting a film adaptation from producer Peter Jackson and some of his The Lord of the Rings collaborators, and now Jackson has shared the first piece of Mortal Engines concept art with fans.
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Hugo Weaving Mortal Engines

The upcoming film adaptation of Mortal Engines is something of a Lord of the Rings reunion for the film’s writer and producer, Peter Jackson. One of the stars of Jackson’s beloved trilogy, Hugo Weaving, has joined the cast, which he wrote with Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, and Christian Rivers, who will direct the film.

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Mortal Engines

Peter Jackson‘s adaptation of Mortal Engines was one of those projects that I always assumed would never actually happen because we’ve been hearing about it for so damn long with no signs of actual progress. The film was first announced back in 2009, with Jackson on board to direct. Then he was promptly sucked back into Middle-Earth for those three Hobbit movies, leaving everyone to wonder if this was going to turn out like The Dam Busters, a World War II drama that Jackson announced and never got around to actually making.

And then the wheels starting turning last year: Mortal Engines got the go-ahead from Universal and MRC, with Christian Rivers (one of Jackson’s longtime collaborators) sitting the director’s chair. Now, the film has gone and cast two actors, offering further evidence that this movie will actually exist one day.

Find out who joined the Mortal Engines cast after the jump.

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Peter Jackson's Movie Prop Collection

It’s no secret that Adam Savage loves movies just as much if not more than he loves busting myths. Before he became the co-host of Mythbusters, he was known for working behind the scenes of movies, building props and scale models. Even in his spare time, he spends hours building things like a model of the shrubbery maze from The Shining, or takes years to craft the perfect prop replica of a certain gun from The Fifth Element.

But in a new video, it’s time for Adam Savage to stand back in awe of the props that others have created which are now part of a massive, impressive personal collection owned by Lord of the Rings filmmaker Peter Jackson. Savage had the opportunity to tour the prop collection earlier this year, but the video was just recently published online.

Take a tour through Peter Jackson’s movie prop collection after the jump. Read More »

Mortal Engines movie

Several years agoPeter Jackson got involved with Mortal Engines, a post-apocalyptic steampunk adventure based on the books by Philip Reeve. The project went on the backburner while Jackson went off to direct the three Hobbit movies, but now that he’s back from Middle-earth he’s getting Mortal Engines going again. However, he won’t be the one directing. Instead, Mortal Engines is revving up with Jackson protégé Christian Rivers behind the wheel. Read More »

Middle Earth Film Collection

Last week, a limited collector’s edition release of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies was revealed on Amazon. The set features the extended editions of all six films from director Peter Jackson in an impressive display of faux leather-bound books with all the bonus features you’d ever want. At the time, we only had one image of the set, but now you can get a closer look at it.

Dominic Monaghan played Meriadoc Brandybuck (aka Merry) in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and it appears he was the cast member with an open enough schedule to be able to record an unboxing video that shows us just how cool a set this is. However, it still may not be worth the price tag, especially because this may not exactly be the set that Peter Jackson truly wants fans to have. Find out more below. Read More »

Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Box Set

Both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies have seen multiple releases on home video. In fact, I’ve lost count of just how many different home video releases there have been of Lord of the Rings. But now the definitive collection of all six extended cuts of Peter Jackson‘s Middle Earth films is coming this fall, and it’s undoubtedly the one box set to rule them all.

Get details on the special edition Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit box set after the jump. Read More »

Adventures of Tintin 2

This winter it will have been five years since Steven Spielberg teamed with Peter Jackson to bring Hergé‘s iconic intrepid reporter to the big screen in The Adventures of Tintin. The motion-capture performance film wasn’t a massive hit in the United States, earning $77.5 million, but since the comic that inspired it is much more popular overseas, it pulled in $296 million from the rest of the world. That was enough for Jackson and Spielberg to make the next chapter in what they hoped would be a trilogy from the beginning.

In the years since then though, updates have been hopeful, but without an evidence of a sequel actually coming together. Now we have a slight update on the status of Adventures of Tintin 2. The good news is that Spielberg and Jackson still want to make the sequel. But the more interesting news is that Jackson is already working on a secret project for Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment. What could it be? Read More »

Peter Jackson Directing The Hobbit

What do you do when your years-in-the-making passion project has finally, at long last, come to an end? Well, if you’re anything like Peter Jackson and Matthew Weiner, you turn to other people’s TV shows.

Mad Men creator Weiner is directing an upcoming episode of Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black, while Hobbit / Lord of the Rings director Jackson seems, at long last, to be coming to Doctor Who. Get the Peter Jackson Doctor Who and Matthew Weiner OITNB news after the jump.  Read More »

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hobbit movie problems

Even the most ardent defenders of Peter Jackson‘s three-film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit acknowledge that none of them come close to matching the highs of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Something about them just feels off from frame one, like something important is missing. Whatever spark made the first trilogy such a magical experience is missing here.

And it’s now apparent that no one knows this more than Jackson himself. In a new special feature on the newly released extended edition of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, the Oscar-winning filmmaker is completely honest about his experience on the films and how a rushed schedule sapped his spirit. You will never see a filmmaker look more tired, lost and despondent than you will here. It’s genuinely heartbreaking.

Keep on reading to sort through the various Hobbit movie problems with Peter Jackson as your tour guide.

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