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from STUFF.co.nz…

Mortal Engines: Sir Peter Jackson on who
would win in a Kiwi battle of the cities


Sir Peter Jackson, Christian Rivers and Philippa Boyens weigh
in on who would win in a Kiwi battle of the traction cities.


ByKYLIE KLEIN NIXON  | 5:07PM — Monday, 19 November 2018





SIR PETER JACKSON says if Wellington was a Mortal Engines-style city, it would be wind powered.

Jackson, his co-producer and writer Philippa Boyens, and director Christian Rivers are talking shop ahead of the release of the YA sci-fi fantasy movie Mortal Engines on December 6th.

Set 1,000 years in the future, the film follows the fortunes of Tom Natsworthy (Robert Sheehan) and Hester Shaw (Hera Hilmarsdottir) who uncover a terrible secret festering at the heart of London — the greatest of the giant, marauding “traction cities” that roll across the earth, hunting and stripping smaller towns in what they call “Municipal Darwinism”.

Rivers, from Whanganui, said he'd been asked once what Wellington would be like if it was a traction city. “I said, ‘Well, we constantly have earthquakes and gale force winds so it probably wouldn't too different’.”

Jackson said the Capital would “be a wind powered city, with sails”.

“Except when we got too far the wind would die out, and we'd be stuffed.”


Mortal Engines is scheduled to open in NZ cinemas on December 6th.
Mortal Engines is scheduled to open in NZ cinemas on December 6th.

The traction cities have been a big part of the visual FX laden teaser trailers for the Sir Peter Jackson-produced Mortal Engines.
The traction cities have been a big part of the visual FX laden teaser trailers for the Sir Peter Jackson-produced Mortal Engines.

While both Jackson and Rivers were initially reluctant to be drawn on who'd win in a traction city fight between Wellington and Auckland, Rivers eventually picked a side.

“That's an easy one isn't it?” Rivers said. “It'd be Whanganui.”

“Whanganui is a dark horse that no one pays any attention to that will surprise us all,” Jackson said.

Co-producer and screenwriter Boyens didn't think pitting Wellington against Auckland was a “fair fight”.

“I think Wellington would be more mobile… or maybe not, we've got a lot of bureaucracy here! Yeah, that's not a fair fight.”

“I think if we could draw upon some of those Taranaki boys, and the Horowhenua. It could be a Bottom of the North versus Top of the [North], I think it'd be a fair fight then.”


Mortal Engines' traction cities are a major part of the book series.
Mortal Engines' traction cities are a major part of the book series.

Large swathes of the production of Mortal Engines is about how the film looks, with its fantastical landscapes 1,000 years in the future.
Large swathes of the production of Mortal Engines is about how the film looks, with its fantastical landscapes 1,000 years in the future.

There aren't any Pacific cities in Mortal Engines this time round, but Jackson didn't rule out the possibility of seeing one if they get to make a sequel.

“Sydney shows up [in the books], which has got large corks bobbing around the top of it. So he [author Philip Reeves] does have a bit of fun with that. But he doesn't seemed to have stretched as far as New Zealand.”

“That's not to say that, with a bit of permission from Phillip, we couldn't sneak something in in the future.”

You can see London gobbling up the villages of Europe when Mortal Engines hits Kiwi screens on December 6th.


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