Peter Jackson Will Adapt The MORTAL ENGINES YA Series

Peter Jackson's taking on another fantasy series, but won't be in the director's chair.

According to a new post over on The Hollywood Reporter, Peter Jackson is getting back into the sprawling-fantasy-adaptation game, this time with Phillip Reeves' Mortal Engines series. Here's the pertinent info:

(Peter) Jackson and Fran Walsh, his wife and partner in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, wrote the script with their collaborator Philippa Boyens. Jackson will not sit in the director’s chair for this one, instead handing helming duties to longtime protégé, Christian Rivers, who will make his feature directorial debut with the fantasy.

So, Jackson, Walsh and Boyens are adapting, but Christian Rivers will direct. If you're unfamiliar with Rivers: he's an Oscar-winning visual effects guy who's worked with Jackson for years now, on everything from the Lord Of The Rings films up through the first Hobbit movie. This'll be his first big-time directing gig, but clearly the guy's done some homework.

And as for Mortal Engines, it's a post-apocalyptic steampunk mashup thingamajig, with plenty of room for dazzling visual effects and the sort of gigantic-ass set pieces Jackson and company have become known for. Here's how The Hollywood Reporter describes the plot:

First published by Scholastic in 2001, the four book series is set in a future world devastated ecologically and technologically and where certain cities such as London are run on engines and mobility, giving them the ability to prey on others for resources. The story centers on a teen named Tom Natsworthy who, along with a young woman from a territory known as the Outlands, uncovers a mystery that could change the world order.

Neither I nor anyone else at BMD has read this particular series, so we're pretty curious about this property. Any of you guys gone through it? If so, what'd you think? Sound off in the comments below. 

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