Mortal Engines: Peter Jackson New Film, December 14, 2008

Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh, the filmmakers behind the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies, will make Mortal Engines, based on the award-winning sci-fi book series by Philip Reeve.

The film will open on December 14, 2018 by Universal.

December 2018 is already a competitive month: James Cameron’s Avatar sequel is slated for release on December 21 by Fox. The first Avatar opened on the same week in December 2009.

Set in a dystopian future where Earth’s cities roam the globe on huge wheels, battling each other in a struggle for ever diminishing resources, Mortal Engines is about wo unlikely heroes, who join forces and change the course of the future.

Jackson and Walsh co-wrote the screenplay with their LOTR and Hobbit collaborator, Philippa Boyens, who serves as co-producer. Zane Weiner, Amanda Walker and Deborah Forte also produce, while Ken Kamins executive produces.

All six Hobbit and Lord of the Rings movies staked out the same pre-Christmas week date.