Saturday, May 13, 2017

If Peter Jackson is not directing Mortal Engines, who is?

Christian Rivers' cameo in Lord of the Rings

Who is directing Mortal Engines?

The short answer is Christian Rivers.

But who is he and why does Peter Jackson think him worthy of directing his production?

Christian first met Peter Jackson when he was just 17 years old and first worked for him on Jackson's splatter comedy, Braindead (It was re-titled to 'Dead Alive!' for American film viewers).

Rivers started out as a storyboard artist and became very involved with visual effects supervision, special effects technician. 

He won an Oscar for his visual effect achievements on King Kong. 

As Jackson's protege, he was destined to became a director and was duly announced as the helm of Jackson's remake of classic war film, The Dambusters. 

This project was sidelined (possibly due to the production demand of The Hobbit series and the delays associated with it) and Rivers then actually acted as second unit director on the Hobbit trilogy of films. 

Proving his worth, he was given the opportunity of a life time to direct a big budget movie, Mortal Engines.

Fun fact: Christian had a cameo as an armored soldier in Lord of the Rings, that's him above. We speculate that he will cameo again in Mortal Engines!

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