Published on October 26th, 2018 | by Damien Straker


Universal Pictures is delighted to announce that Writer/Producer Peter Jackson, Director Christian Rivers and stars Leila George (The Long Home, The Kid) and Korean singer-actress Jihae will be travelling to Sydney in support of MORTAL ENGINES – the new epic adventure based on the Award Winning book by Philip Reeve.

Sydney will be the second stop on the global tour for Mortal Engines, where the filmmakers and cast will introduce audiences to a world like no other. Mortal Engines is Peter Jackson’s first major film after his epic tour de force with The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, which earned a staggering $5.8B at the global Box Office and 17 Academy Awards®.

Mortal Engines sees Christian Rivers in his directorial debut after his Academy Award® winning work as Visual Effects Supervisor on King Kong. Joining the group in Sydney is Executive Producer and Co-Screenwriter Philippa Boyens, long time Peter Jackson collaborator and co-Academy Award® winner for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.

About the film:

Thousands of years after civilization was destroyed by a cataclysmic event, humankind has adapted and a new way of living has evolved.  Gigantic moving cities now roam the Earth, ruthlessly preying upon smaller traction towns.  Tom Natsworthy (Robert Sheehan)—who hails from a Lower Tier of the great traction city of London—finds himself fighting for his own survival after he encounters the dangerous fugitive Hester Shaw (Hera Hilmar).  Two opposites, whose paths should never have crossed, forge an unlikely alliance that is destined to change the course of the future.

Mortal Engines is the startling, new epic adventure directed by Oscar®-winning visual-effects artist Christian Rivers (King Kong).  Joining Rivers are The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogies three-time Academy Award®-winning filmmakers Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, who have penned the screenplay.  The Universal and MRC adaptation is from the award-winning book series by Philip Reeve, published in 2001 by Scholastic.

On board as producers are Zane Weiner (The Hobbit trilogy), Amanda Walker (The Hobbit trilogy) and Deborah Forte (Goosebumps), as well as Walsh and Jackson.  Ken Kamins (The Hobbit trilogy) joins Boyens as executive producer.  Universal will distribute the film worldwide.


About the Author'

is a freelance writer and film critic. He studied at the University of Sydney and graduated with an Arts Honours degree in Film Studies. He is a pop culture aficionado and enjoys talking about all films, 90s TV shows, ninjas and watching Rugby League. His favourite film directors are Alfonso Cuarón, Clint Eastwood and Alexander Payne.

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