Peter Jackson knows a thing or two about creating gigantic set-pieces mixed with CG and practical effects. The filmmaker behind “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy is returning to the fantasy drama once again, this time writing the screenplay to “Mortal Engines” for Universal Pictures. The film debuted a new trailer at New York Comic-Con this weekend, and you will find some former LOTR faces in the crowd, and a set-piece that almost looks like the Black Gate of Mordor itself.

The story picks up hundreds of years after civilization was destroyed by a cataclysmic event. The film follows a young woman, Hester Shaw (Hera Hilmar), who many believe is the only one who can stop the floating city of London from devouring everything in its path.

The studio describes the film adding, “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. 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. Visual effects are created by a Weta Digital team led by Ken McGaugh, Kevin Smith, Luke Millar and Dennis Yoo. The Universal and MRC adaptation is from the award-winning book series by Philip Reeve, published in 2001 by Scholastic.

Producing the film 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.

“Mortal Engines” is set to hit theaters on December 14, 2018.

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