2h 8min | Action, Science Fiction, Adventure | Release Date: 7.12.2018
Based on Philip Reeve’s acclaimed novel series of four books known as The Mortal Engines Quartet: Mortal Engines, Predator’s Gold, Infernal Devices and A Darkling Plain the story takes place centuries after civilization was destroyed by a cataclysmic event known as the Sixty Minute War. Humankind has adapted and a new way of living has evolved. Gigantic moving cities now roam the Earth, ruthlessly preying upon smaller traction towns. Hundreds of years after civilization was destroyed by a cataclysmic event, a mysterious young woman, Hester Shaw (HERA HILMAR), emerges as the only one who can stop London—now a giant, predator city on wheels—from devouring everything in its path. Feral, and fiercely driven by the memory of her mother, Hester joins forces with Tom Natsworthy (ROBERT SHEEHAN), an outcast from London, along with Anna Fang (JIHAE), a dangerous outlaw with a bounty on her head.
Universal Pictures and MRC present Mortal Engines, the startling, new epic adventure directed by Oscar®-winning visual-effects artist CHRISTIAN RIVERS (King Kong), based on the award-winning book series by PHILIP REEVE. Joining Rivers are the three-time Academy Award®-winning filmmakers of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogies, FRAN WALSH, PHILIPPA BOYENS and PETER JACKSON, who have written the screenplay.
Visual effects are created by a Weta Digital team led by KEN MCGAUGH, KEVIN ANDREW SMITH, LUKE MILLAR and DENNIS YOO. The film is produced by ZANE WEINER (The Hobbit trilogy), AMANDA WALKER (The Hobbit trilogy), DEBORAH FORTE (Goosebumps), Walsh and Jackson. The film’s executive producers are KEN KAMINS (The Hobbit trilogy) and Boyens. HUGO WEAVING, who starred in Jackson’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogies, takes on the role of Thaddeus Valentine, a powerful Londoner with a questionable vision for the future. Also joining the global cast are Dubliner RONAN RAFTERY as lowly Engineer Bevis Pod; Australian LEILA GEORGE as Katherine, Valentine’s daughter; veteran performer PATRICK MALAHIDE as Magnus Crome, the Lord Mayor of London; and STEPHEN LANG as Shrike. Mortal Engines was crafted entirely in New Zealand.