Almost seven years after we first heard rumblings that Peter Jackson would be bringing the world of Philip Reeve's Mortal Engines to the silver screen, this week we learned a bit more about the project.
On Monday, Philip revealed the official press release on his blog:
Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh (The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies) are making the feature Mortal Engines, based on the award winning book series of the same name from British author Philip Reeve.This is a major step forward, although still no target date for release. The Lord Of The Rings is one of the finest cinematic sagas in my opinion, so I hope that's the magic Jackson and his team conjure to bring my favourite author's masterpiece to life.
Jackson and Walsh have co-written the screenplay with collaborator Philippa Boyens (The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies). Christian Rivers is attached to direct. Christian has spent the majority of his 25-year career working closely with Jackson, beginning as a Story Board Artist, later moving into supervising visual effects and finally serving as Splinter Unit Director on The Hobbit trilogies. Christian won an Academy Award for his work on the 2005 film, King Kong (Best Achievement in Visual Effects). He also recently served as second unit director on the remake of Pete’s Dragon. Mortal Engines is his first project as Director.
"Christian is one of my closest collaborators," says Jackson. "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!"
"Mortal Engines is one of those stories that was made for the big screen," says Rivers. "A fantastical, futuristic world that has to be seen to be believed. At its heart though, it’s a beautiful love story and a richly complex character driven adventure. To be the director who gets to bring Philip Reeve’s incredible universe to life is a dream come true."
"I’m thrilled that Christian, Fran, Philippa and Peter are bringing my book to the screen," said Philip Reeve. "They’ve created some of the most memorable imaginary worlds in modern cinema, so I can’t wait to experience their vision of the world of Mortal Engines."
All being well, this will eventually mean that the general public will talk about the world of Mortal Engines in the same way they now talk about Harry Potter. Who knows, perhaps in my lifetime we'll even get to see a Mortal Engines theme park off the back of this. But I'm probably getting a bit carried away.
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