Check out the crazy yet fascinating world created by Philip Reeve with Peter Jackson in the full length Mortal Engines Trailer.

Mortal Engines Trailer

Mortal Engines Lowdown


Mortal Engines is set thousands of years after civilization was destroyed by a cataclysmic event. Here humankind has adapted and a new way of living has evolved. Gigantic moving cities now roam the Earth and they ruthlessly preying upon smaller traction towns.

Of the main characters we have Tom Natsworthy (Robert Sheehan) hailing from a Lower Tier of the great traction city of London. He finds himself fighting for his own survival. This is a result of his encounter with the dangerous fugitive Hester Shaw (Hera Hilmar). They are two opposites, whose paths should never have crossed. But together they forge an unlikely alliance that is destined to change the course of the future.

Christian Rivers (King Kong) who is an Oscar®-winning visual-effects artist, directed the startling, new epic adventure Mortal Engines.

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. They have penned the screenplay.

The adaptation is from an award-winning book series by Philip Reeve. They were published in 2001 by Scholastic.

On board as producers are Zane Weiner (The Hobbit trilogy) and Amanda Walker (also of The Hobbit trilogy). Plus we have 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.


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Anna Fang (Jihae) at the Slave Market in Mortal Engines ©2018 Universal Studios /Universal Pictures and MRC
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Thaddeus Valentine (Hugo Weaving) in the London Wheelhouse in Mortal Engines  ©2018 Universal Studios /Universal Pictures and MRC
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Mortal Engines – Tom Natsworthy (Robert Sheehan) and Hester Shaw (Hera Hilmar) in the Great Hunting Ground ©2018 Universal Studios /Universal Pictures and MRC
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The London Wheelhouse of Mortal Engines ©2018 Universal Studios /Universal Pictures and MRC

Mortal Engines Theatrical Release dates

The Theatrical release dates are all quite close together.

  • US, Canada & UK: December 14th, 2018
  • Australia: December 26th, 2018
Mortal Engines - Poster: Hera Hilmar
Mortal Engines – Poster: Hester Shaw (Hera Hilmar) ©2018 Universal