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Peter Jackson Reveals Reason Behind ‘Mortal Engines’ Delayed Release

Screenshot from Mortal Engines Official Trailer/ Universal Pictures

Peter Jackson Reveals Reason Behind ‘Mortal Engines’ Delayed Release

The Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson did his best to bring Mortal Engines ten years ago in 2008, but, unfortunately, he failed to work it out at the time. Now almost a decade later, the film based on Philip Reeve’s sci-fi dystopian novel Mortal Engines is ready to hit the big screen this December.

The Mortal Engines was notably the first book in Reeve’s Mortal Engines Quartet book series. It was published in 2001. The story is set in a world thousands of years in the future when gigantic moving cities prey on each other.

During an interview with Screen Rant, Jackson, who co-wrote the film, told that it was mostly because of technological limitations of CGI that he decided not to make the film all the way back in 2008 and rather wait for the right time. He explained that the post-apocalyptic film needed some serious graphical interpretation to make its sheer scale feel real.

Certainly digital CG people and digital doubles are the things that have really clicked in the last few years,” Jackson said. “And I’m sure we’ll be seeing quite a bit of that in some of the people I’ve shot on this film. Because this movie is the sort of scale that you can’t really build sets. I mean, we’re building as many sets as we can and we’re building what we can, but it’s just such a… you know, having a city that’s like a mile long on wheels and these massive… you just can’t build anything [like] that this size.”

Jackson added building sets to showcase a city that’s like a mile long on wheels and hugely massive wasn’t completely possible. It required the use of a lot of modern VFX capabilities instead of creating miniature sets.

With miniatures,” Jackson said, “it’s almost to the point where miniatures are more expensive than doing things on a computer. Plus, you know, with a miniature, you have to decide on your shot.”

The filmmaker said that delay in making the film has turned out to be a blessing in disguise as the current CGI technology has given them creative flexibility in terms of creating the perfect action shots.

You’ve got the shot and there’s a miniature DP and you decide on what the camera move is and you do it and that’s your shot,” The Lord of the Rings director said. “I think the flexibility and the discovery of how to cover some piece of the action with a visual camera is a great tool.”

Christian Rivers has directed Mortal Engines from a script co-written by Jackson, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens.

Mortal Engines will premiere in theaters on December 14, 2018.

Source: Screen Rant

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