Making the Mortal Engines Movie

News, views, quotes and trivia about Philip Reeve's 'Mortal Engines' books and the Peter Jackson movie production.

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Sunday, December 11, 2016

Easter eggs, facts and trivia from the making of the Mortal Engines movie


Mortal Engines movie facts and trivia

Everyone loves nuggets of gold about how movies are made, the secrets that are well hidden until the movie is made and some good old trivia.

Here's what we've learned about the making of the first Mortal Engines feature movie, including a few well placed Easter Eggs that IMDB may have missed...
  • Mortal Engines is the first feature film directed by Christian Rivers. At one point he was going to direct the remake of The Dambusters however that project was put on the back burner.
  • The first of Philip Reeve's novels to be turned into a movie.
  • Filming took mostly place at Weta Studios in Wellington's suburb of Miramar in New Zealand. This is where Peter Jackson and Richard Taylor and co have based himself for 20 years.
  • Peter Jackson purchased the film rights from Philip Reeve in 2001 and has quietly worked on the movie ever since.
  • This is the first film written by Peter Jackson (with his usual partners Fran Walsh and Phillipa Boyle) that he has not directed. First time helmer (and Jackson protege) Christian Rivers has the directing duties.
  • Produced by WingNut Films and filmed in New Zealand
  • Actress Hera Hilmar has been cast as Hester Shaw.
  • Singer Jihae is playing Anna Fang, a key figure of the Anti Traction League.
  • Mark Hadlow has a role in the movie. His first acting connection with Peter Jackson was in the Hobbit trilogy so it's clear Hadlow is a trusted and respect actor within that circle. He plays Orme Wreyland.
  • Author Philip Reeve and his son were extras in the film. They filmed their parts when Reeve made a secret trip to New Zealand in May 2017
  • The novel originally started out as a short story called Urbivore. The concept of moving cities came directly from that.  The story was notable for having a male aviator called Fang - the name clearly carried over to the Anna Fang character.

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