Mortal Engines is the film adaptation of the book of the same name. It will be released December 14, 2018.

Plot synopsis Edit

Thousands of years after civilization was destroyed by a cataclysmic event, humankind has adapted and a new way of living has evolved. 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.[1]

Plot summary Edit

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Setting Edit

According to production designer Dan Hennah, the film takes place approximately 1,700 years from now, rather than more than deliberately ambiguous dates in the books suggesting that it has been upwards of 10,000.[2]


See also: Full cast



Deborah Forte, president of the Scholastic Media Foundation, expressed interest in adapting the series in October 2006. Scholastic sought material for a family franchise, intending two movies: one combining Mortal Engines and Predator's Gold, and a second combining Infernal Devices and A Darkling Plain. In an interview, Philip Reeve has said that he knows and trusts Deborah Forte to adapt the book for the big screen[citation needed].

By December 2009, Peter Jackson had acquired the rights to Mortal Engines and had, along with Christian Rivers, begun development of the film[4]. The film was kept on the back-burner for years until October 24th 2016, when Peter Jackson announced in a Facebook post that the Mortal Engines movie was underway, and would be directed by Christian Rivers, with a script written by Jackson, Fran Walsh, and Philippa Boyens[5]. The cast was announced between February and April 2017.

Production Edit

Shooting for Mortal Engines began in March 2017 in New Zealand, and concluded in July 2017. Additional pickup filming occurred in early 2018[citation needed].

In September 2018, composer Tom Holkenborg (known widely as Junkie XL) confirmed that he was scoring the movie's soundtrack.[6]

Promotion Edit

On May 5th 2017, Jackson released concept art for the film through a Facebook post[7].

The first official teaser trailer was released by Universal on December 18th 2017[8], followed by the launch of the film's official site.

On June 4th 2018, the first film stills were released by USA TODAY[9]. The next day, the official full length trailer was also revealed[10]. Universal Pictures published the first behind-the-scenes featurette on June 28[11].

In the lead up to an appearance at New York Comic Con, several character featurettes and posters were released in early October. [12]. At the convention, the first 25 minutes of the movie were screened for audiences, and the second full-length trailer was released[13].

Following the trailer release, Peter Jackson announced a series of behind-the-scenes featurettes called Mortal Artists[14]. Each weekly episode focused on a different aspect of the filmmaking process, including concept art and costume making.


Before its release, the film received criticism from fans of the Mortal Engines Quartet for heavily toning down Hester Shaw's scar from the novels.[15]

Sequels Edit

While Peter Jackson is keen to develop a film series,[16] there has been no formal announcement of sequel plans. When asked about the possibility of a second film, scriptwriter Philippa Boyens, stated that "mostly, this has to work as a film. This may be the only one... I hope not because I think the story just keeps getting better and better."[17]

Hence, the Mortal Engines movie will feature particular references and keep a few doors open, allowing a sequel to pick up certain threads.

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Mortal Engines Series
Fever CrumbA Web of AirScrivener's Moon
Traction CityThe Haunted SkyNight Flights
In the Bleak Midwinter
Mortal EnginesPredator's GoldInfernal DevicesA Darkling Plain
The Traction CodexThe Illustrated World of Mortal Engines
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