For those of you who bemoan how unoriginal Hollywood usually is, this one’s for you: an upcoming movie about cities that battle each other. Not the people in the cities. The cities literally fight each other by rolling around on large wheels and firing weapons at each other. What does that look like? Like this:
The concept comes from a young adult novel that came out back in 2001. The story follows Tom Natsworthy, an apprentice in the Guild of Historians in the small traveling town of Salthook. Then London shows up — the entirety of London — and fires hooks-and-chains at Salthook, then eats it. The trailer is composed entirely of this scene.
Robert Sheehan stars as Tom Natsworthy, alongside Hugo Weaving and Hera Hilmar. Though the film bears Peter Jackson’s name, the actual directing duties went to newbie Christian Rivers, previously known for storyboard work inside Jackson’s empire.
Watch out for Mortal Engines when it comes for you in 2018.