Mortal Engines Featurette

Peter Jackson and producing partner Philipa Boyens accomplished quite the task by bringing J.R.R. Tolkien’s beloved fantasy world of Middle-earth to life in the incredible Lord of the Rings trilogy, and to a lesser extent, The Hobbit trilogy. Now the producing team is trying to kickstart another literary saga in the form of Mortal Engines, based on the book series of the same name by author Philip Reeve.

Mortal Engines doesn’t seem to have a lot of buzz right now, which is a shame, because the world in which the story takes place looks cool as hell, and it has flares of the films of the Wachowskis. But a new featurette brings Peter Jackson and Philipa Boyens in to help push the project to Lord of the Rings fans, not to mention bringing in the full support and satisfaction of Philip Reeve. Read More »

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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New Philip Reeve Book Railhead

Doug Liman directed Edge of Tomorrow for Warner Bros., and the studio is evidently happy with the film. How do we know? Because WB has just set Liman to direct an adaptation of a forthcoming young adult sci-fi tale, the new Philip Reeve book Railhead. The book won’t be out for a while, but it sounds like a big adventure with a cast of humans and aliens scattered across stretches of space. Read More »

I’ve heard a good number of people say that their favorite late summer film was Laika‘s Paranorman, and so it may hearten that audience to know that Laika has another film coming. It just isn’t coming all that soon. The animation studio has set September 26, 2014 as the date for a film that is as yet untitled. While we don’t know the precise identity of the project, we have a couple good ideas to choose from. Read More »

Animation house Laika has done a few supernatural-themed projects in a row, with Corpse Bride, Coraline and the forthcoming ParaNorman on its CV. Now the studio will make a third, as it plans to produce an adaptation of the Philip Reeve book Goblins, with Fantastic Mr. Fox animation director Mark Gustafson in the director’s chair. (Laika and Gustafson just worked together with Wes Anderson on a commercial for Sony, and the director has been at the head of many other commercial projects for the company.)

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Tomas Alfredson Will Direct ‘Larklight’

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Let the Right One In director Tomas Alfredson is now in production on his first English-language film, an adaptation of John Le Carre’s novel Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy. Now he’s got a follow-up set: Mr. Alfredson has signed to direct Larklight for Warner Bros., based on the book by Philip Reeve, which is the first installment of a possibly franchise-ready trilogy. Read More »