Peter Jackson goes steampunk in first Mortal Engines trailer

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Dec 18, 2017, 12:41 PM EST

Peter Jackson was silent since the final Hobbit movie arrived in 2014. No word on his and Spielberg's Tintin sequel, Prisoners of the Sun, which Jackson is still set to direct. Finally, however, we learned of what he was working on, an adaptation of Philip Reeve's Mortal Engines quartet series of books.

The teaser for the first movie played before Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and now it's fully available to watch online. The first trailer looks to be a cross between Mad MaxHowl's Moving Castle, and Pirates of the Caribbean. It's in line with the ambitious fantasy style of filmmaking Jackson is known for, and the studio is promising an ambitious new film franchise.

Reeve's books, also known as "The Predator Cities Quartet" and "The Hungry City Chronicles," take place in a post-apocalyptic steampunk future where all cities are mobile entities on caterpillar tracks that attack and absorb smaller cities for their resources. This is because all nations were wiped out in the "Sixty Minute War," a euphemism for global nuclear devastation. The four books were published between 2001 and 2006 and now include a prequel series, the "Fever Crumb Series." 


Jackson is only producing the movie with his usual partners, Fran Walsh (Jackson's wife) and Philippa Boyens. All three also adapted the first book into the screenplay. Christian Rivers, who has storyboarded all of Jackson's movies since Braindead, will direct.

Mortal Engines rolls into theaters on December 14, 2018.