Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh's big-screen adaptation of the award-winning young adult book series by Philip Reeve has finally had its release date set by Universal.
The film is set to open on 14th December, 2018, though considering the far-off nature of that date, and the fact that the production is barely off the ground as of my writing this, expect that date to change.
Mortal Engines, a trilogy of post-apocalyptic stories about moving cities, airships, war, family, and death-defying adventure, is a series of books this writer has a lot of affection for, so I'd be lying if I said I didn't have a little trepidation over this. However, Jackson, Walsh, and their collaborator Philippa Boyens, are a certified power trio, with none other than theLord of the Rings trilogy under their belts. While I wasn't as enamoured with The Hobbit trilogy, the three certainly have a knack for exciting adaptations. Definitely one to keep an eye on.
Jackson, Walsh, and Boyens are co-writing the screenplay, while Christian Rivers is set to direct. Rivers was previously a visual effects supervisor on The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, as well as a second unit director on the last two films of the latter, and on the recent remake of Pete's Dragon. This'll be his first film as director, so he's got a lot to prove taking on such a big project right out of the gate.
So, for now, we must sit back and wait. This writer, for one, is intrigued to see this get made. People have been optioning Mortal Engines for years. Might we finally see a great screen adaptation?