Mortal Engines featurette

“How often do we go to the movies today and see things that we’ve genuinely never seen before?”

Producer and co-writer Peter Jackson wants to give audiences a fresh new spectacle with Mortal Engines, Universal’s film adaptation of Philip Reeve’s popular young adult novel. And Jackson is actually delivering on that promise, showing us a post-apocalyptic world in which cities roam across a barren wasteland and eat other cities.

These rolling monstrosities – and who’s running them, how they’re organized, and just how the heck they physically consume smaller cities – are the subject of a brand new featurette, which you can check out below. Read More »

mortal engines extended trailer

Can Peter Jackson recapture the epic magic of his Lord of the Rings adaptations with Mortal Engines? That’s the plan, at least. But ahead of the film’s fast-approaching release date, enthusiasm for the film is a tad underwhelming. Perhaps this new trailer, billed as an extended look, will change that. Watch the latest Mortal Engines extended trailer below.

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mortal engines scar

One of the reasons the Mortal Engines books stand out from the rest of their YA cohorts is because of its heroine’s grotesque facial disfigurement. For every Twilight or Hunger Games whose beautiful brunette saved the world while being at the center of an agonizing love triangle, there was Hester Shaw, who was described as “portrait that had been furiously crossed out,” with her stump of a nose and missing eye.

So how did all that turn into a dainty facial scar? Because it’s gross, director Christian Rivers essentially says in a defense against fan pushback over Hester’s Mortal Engines scar. Well, he doesn’t say exactly that, but his excuse is just as weak.

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mortal engines trailer new

There was a period there where YA movie adaptations were abundant – and the majority of them were disappointing. The trend has died down a bit, but it isn’t gone completely. Case in point: Mortal Engines is the latest film to bring a YA series to life. The movie is set in a post-apocalyptic world where “entire cities have been mounted on wheels and motorized, and prey on one another.” That sounds pretty darn cool. And it looks cool, too. See for yourself by watching the new Mortal Engines trailer below.

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Mortal Engines score

Universal’s Mortal Engines takes place in a far-flung future in which giant cities travel on wheels through a desolate wasteland. So who better to compose the score than Junkie XL, who ventured into a similar post-apocalyptic wasteland when he provided the score for Mad Max: Fury Road a few years ago?

Musician/DJ/composer Junkie XL, AKA Tom Holkenborg, is officially on board to create the Mortal Engines score. Listen to a few of his other movie-related tracks from films like Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Deadpool, and more below. Read More »

mortal engines featurette

A new Mortal Engines featurette takes you behind the scenes of the Peter Jackson produced film, introducing you to the characters and the epic scope of the post-apocalyptic story. Watch the Mortal Engines featurette below.  Read More »

Mortal Engines Characters

A scarred woman out for revenge. A young historian who learns the awful truth about his home. A swashbuckling archeologist with a checkered past. A badass air-pirate with a sweet airship. A mummified cyborg assassin on a violent mission. The world of Mortal Engines is packed with colorful characters, perfect for a distant future where cities are mobile and devour each other for resources.

When I visited the set of this Peter Jackson-produced, Christian Rivers-directed science fiction epic last year, I was able to learn all about this cast of characters and what the actors brought to them. Here’s what you need to know.

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Mortal Engines trailer

I don’t envy anyone having to cut a trailer for Mortal Engines. Based on the novel by author Philip Reeve, this big-budget genre epic is set in a universe that feels like a bit of a tough sell. The world as we once knew it is gone and civilization has become mobile. Giant “traction cities” roam the wasteland, preying on each other for parts and supplies, manned like giant ships in a sea of sand.

It’s wild. And it’s strange. But producer Peter Jackson has a little bit of experience in bringing tough-to-translate fictional worlds to the big screen. The new trailer offers a new taste of this ambitious vision.

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Last year, as I flew to Wellington, New Zealand to visit the set of Universal Pictures’ Mortal Engines, I read the source novel by writer Philip Reeve. It was a brisk read, one intended for younger audiences, but I immediately understood why filmmaker Peter Jackson had been working for a decade to bring it to the big screen. The world Reeve had crafted on paper was spellbinding. It was a fascinating foundation upon which all kinds of stories could be told and all kinds of characters could be constructed. The storytelling itself was a bit simplistic, a side effect of the novel’s intended young adult audience, but it was easy to imagine the material being remixed into something a bit bolder, a bit more complex, and whole lot more thrilling.

And after spending two days on the Mortal Engines set, speaking with cast and crew and touring various locations and sound stages, it seems that Jackson and director Christian Rivers are working to do just that. Mortal Engines looks be less of a direct adaptation of the book and more of a wider and wilder exploration of the source material’s thrilling world-building. And that is very exciting.

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Mortal Engines trailer

Ready for more YA dystopia? The Peter Jackson-produced Mortal Engines just dropped its eerie new teaser trailer online, featuring the city of London itself attached to giant Mad Max: Fury Road-style machinery. Christian Rivers helms this slice of post-apocalyptic extravaganza, with a script by Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens. Watch the Mortal Engines trailer is below.

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