- A Mysterious Young Woman, Hester Shaw, Emerges As The Only One Who Can Stop A Giant, Predator City On Wheels Devouring Everything In Its Path. Feral, And Fiercely Driven By The Memory Of Her Mother, Hester Joins Forces With Tom Natsworthy, An Outcast From London, Along With Anna Fang, A Dangerous Outlaw With A Bounty On Her Head
Mortal Engines is a 2018 science fiction steampunk film directed by Christian Rivers and with a screenplay by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, and Peter Jackson, based on the 2001 novel of the same name by Philip Reeve, and starring Hera Hilmar, Robert Sheehan, Hugo Weaving, Jihae, Ronan Raftery, Leila George, Patrick Malahide, Regé Jean Page and Stephen Lang. An American–New Zealand co-production, the film is set in a post-apocalyptic world where entire cities have been mounted on wheels and motorised, and practice municipal Darwinism; its movie universe is different from that of the books.
Jackson purchased the rights to the book in 2009, but the film languished for several years before being officially announced in 2016. Jackson picked Rivers, who won an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects for his work on Jackson’s King Kong, to make his feature-length directorial debut with the project, and also brought on several members of his production teams from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film series. Filming took place from April to July 2017 in New Zealand.