By Brionna Rivers
Since the last “Hobbit” film was released two-years ago, rumors have been swirling about Peter Jackson’s next project. It’s now confirmed that it will be a film adaptation of Phillip Reeve‘s “Mortal Engines,” a series of young-adult sci-fi/fantasy novels. Jackson and his wife Fran Walsh wrote the screenplay along with Philippa Boyes. Jackson’s protégé Christian Rivers, is set to make his directorial debut with the project.
Rivers and Jackson have been working together for decades, most recently on the last two “Hobbit” films, where Rivers was Splinter Unit Director. Rivers won an Oscar for “King Kong” in the Best Achievement in Visual Effects category. In a statement, Jackson said, “Christian is one of my closest collaborators. The combination of emotion and jaw-dropping visuals in ‘Mortal Engines’ makes this the perfect movie for his move into feature directing. What Christian intends to do with Philip Reeve’s terrific story is going to result in an original and spectacular movie. I wish I could see it tomorrow!”
Reeve’s series currently consists of four books: “Mortal Engines,” “Predator’s Gold,” “Infernal Devices,“ and “A Darkling Plain.” The book has a story line similar to “Mad Max: Fury Road,” but in this case geography is what moves in a post apocalyptic world. Taking place in the distant future, cities roam around the globe on huge wheels consuming smaller towns. The book follows several young people who rise up to stop a leader that has bigger plans than the domination of a small town.
“Mortal Engines” is set to begin production in New Zealand next spring.