MORTAL ENGINES: Closer To Screen

9780545222112Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson has announced the first cast members for his next adaptation, based on Philip Reeve’s dystopian book series that begins with Mortal Engines (Scholastic; OverDrive Sample). Robert Sheehan (Fortitude) is set to star writes Variety  with Ronan Raftery (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, The Terror) in a supporting role. It is scheduled to open on Dec. 14, 2018.

Mortal Engines was published in 2003 and became an ALA Notable Children’s Book, an SLJ‘s best book as well as a YALSA Best Book for Young Adults.

The series features cities on caterpillar tracks that move about in search of other cities to attack in a quest for a dwindling amount of resources caused by a devastating global war. Two orphans finds themselves lost in this wasteland and are hunted by a cyborg.

In their starred review, PW wrote “Like the moving cities it depicts, Reeve’s debut novel is a staggering feat of engineering, a brilliant construction that offers new wonders at every turn.”

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