The highly anticipated adaptation of the Philip Reeve novels was scripted by Peter Jackson and his partners Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, and directed by Christian Rivers. Rivers has been working under Jackson for 30 years, though this is his directorial debut of a feature film.
Serkis has his fair share of experience working on Jackson’s projects on screen and off (he was second unit director on all three The Hobbit movies). Jackson said of Serkis’ moderation, “we just thought it would give it a slightly different vibe if it was someone in the family,” and, “He’s not involved in the film, so the movie’s fresh for him, but he understands the process, and how we make these films.”
Serkis will interview Jackson, Walsh, Boyens, Rivers and stars: Hera Hilmar, Robert Sheehan, Stephen Lang, Leila George and Jihae. And, that’s not all. The filmmakers will be revealing the first eight minutes of the film, and “provide the first detailed presentation of the realization of a world in which cities are mobile and gobble up resources of other cities.”
The panel will start at noon at NYCC, in the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden on October 5th. Mortal Engines rolls into theaters December 14th.