Meet the artists behind 'Mortal Engines'
This December, Universal Pictures is inviting audiences to experience a world unlike anything that has been on the big screen before. “Mortal Engines,” based on the Philip Reeve book series, “The Hungry City Chronicles,” hails from producer Peter Jackson, who also scripted the feature alongside Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens. In the player above, you can watch as Jackson introduces a new ten-part video series aimed to take moviegoers behind the scenes. Then watch the first “Mortal Artists” video — one that explores the production’s talented concept artists — in the player below:
Hundreds of years after civilization was destroyed by a cataclysmic event, humankind has adapted into a new way of living. Gigantic moving cities now roam the Earth, ruthlessly preying upon smaller traction towns. Tom Natsworthy (Robert Sheehan) — who hails from a Lower Tier of the great traction city of London —finds himself fighting for his own survival after he encounters the dangerous fugitive Hester Shaw (Hera Hilmar). Two opposites, whose paths should never have crossed, forge an unlikely alliance that is destined to change the course of the future.
“Mortal Engines” also stars Hugo Weaving, Jihae, Ronan Raftery, Leila George, Patrick Malahide and Stephen Lang.
Directed by Academy Award-winning visual effects artist Christian Rivers (“King Kong”), “Mortal Engines” is scripted by Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens. Producers include Zane Weiner (“The Hobbit” trilogy), Amanda Walker (“The Hobbit” trilogy) and Deborah Forte (“Goosebumps”), as well as Walsh and Jackson. Ken Kamins (“The Hobbit” trilogy) joins Boyens as executive producer.
“Mortal Engines” opens theaters December 14, 2018.