Acclaimed director Peter Jackson and his academy award winning team, best known for their work on The Lord of the Rings trilogy and the follow up trilogy based on The Hobbit, are about to start work on their latest cinematic creation.
The team will tackle a big screen adaptation of the Mortal Engines series of novels by Philip Reeve. The series is made up of four books, Mortal Engines, Predator’s Gold, Infernal Devices, and A Darkling Plain – what said, it’s not yet known how many movies Jackson’s team will produce based on the source material.
The first movie, based primarily on the debut Mortal Engines novel, will be co-written by Jackson, Fran Walsh, and Philippa Boyens. Jackson himself won’t be taking a seat in the director’s chair this time around – instead, his longtime collaborator Christian Rivers will be helming the project.
According to Jackson, the popular source material is in good hands:
“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!”
Unfortunately, Jackson will have to wait to see the finished film, just like the rest of us. At this point there’s no certain release date for the movie, and it’s likely that we’re still several years away from seeing the first film in what will no doubt become a beloved series of movies.