Peter Jackson's 'Mortal Engines' Revs Up
It's about time we heard about what Peter Jackson was up to after wrapping up all of those Hobbit films. Before Jackson was swept back into Middle Earth he was working on an post-apocalyptic steampunk film titled Mortal Engines.
Peter Jackson will be handing the directorial reins over to his long-time friend and collaborator, Christian Rivers, who is most known for his VFX work on The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films. Mortal Engines will be his first film as a director. The basic synopsis of the story is ripe for a movie adaptation as I don't think it's something we've ever seen before. The book follows massive moving cities that consume smaller towns for fuel as the world's resources run out. I can't wait to see what Rivers, Jackson and Walsh bring to the big screen with this one.
Y'know, I f*cking love Peter Jackson. He's one of the few directors who doesn't seem interested in fame and glory. Say what you will about The Hobbit being stretched beyond belief, but I don't blame the guy, he gave me three more films that I honestly thoroughly enjoy despite how bloated they may seem. Anyway, he's been working with Fran Walsh for years on this project and it's just nice to see that he's willing to hand over something that's probably pretty dear to his heart to give his friend a shot at a directorial career. Seriously, P.J., I applaud you, sir.
Production for the film is set to begin next Spring and will be Jackson's first collaboration with Universal since 2005's King Kong remake.