If nothing else, The Mortal Engines finally gives London its revenge for being the most oft-destroyed city in cinema history. London literally eats a city in the trailer for The Mortal Engines, written by Peter Jackson and directed by Christian Rivers. There’s not much to the teaser to judge the film (it is a year away) on aside from visuals that borrow heavily from Mad Max, but I’m in to see London get some cinematic revenge. The Mortal Engines will open December 14, 2018.
Thousands of years after civilization was destroyed by a cataclysmic event, humankind has adapted and a new way of living has evolved. Gigantic moving cities now roam the Earth, ruthlessly preying upon smaller traction towns. Tom Natsworthy (Robert Sheehan)—who hails from a Lower Tier of the great traction city of London—finds himself fighting for his own survival after he encounters the dangerous fugitive Hester Shaw (Hera Hilmar). Two opposites, whose paths should never have crossed, forge an unlikely alliance that is destined to change the course of the future. The film is based on Philip Reeve’s fantasy novels.
George Miller’s Mad Max series finally got the budget to make Miller’s truly insane version of the post-apocalypse come to life last summer. The result was one of the best films of the year, and the most lauded summer blockbuster (10 nominations) that I can recall the Academy ever noticing. The film is just insane. Explaining it to someone who hasn’t seen it, is nearly impossible. It’s gorgeous and grotesque and SO BIZARRE! Nowhere is this better exemplified than in the first real chase scene in the film where Max (Tom Hardy) is strapped to the front of a car as a hood ornament/human blood bag (yep, read that right) and the entire mad convoy is accompanied by my favorite non-Star Wars character of 2015: inexplicable flaming guitar guy. The convoy has an entire truck dedicated to a guy playing a guitar spewing flames and is backed by enough amps to deafen the world. That’s the kind of gonzo awesome weirdness that made Fury Road such a pleasure. What a lovely day!
Despite finishing second to Pitch Perfect 2 (which just kind of sums up everything wrong with life) at the box office, George Miller has announced that plans are in place to go ahead with Mad Max 5, or as it is already titled – Mad Max: The Wasteland. This tells us nothing really, other than perhaps Max is going to actually be the focus of the film this time? Geek Tyrant broke the news and has a few more details below. I doubt Charlize Theron or her character will return. He is a “road warrior” after all, so he tends to move on down the line. Mild spoiler warning for Fury Road below.
Miller appeared on The Q&A Podcast (via The Playlist) and revealed that name of the next sequel is going to be Mad Mad: The Wasteland. What could that mean? Is the Wasteland the area that the women wanted to ride across on motorcycles in Fury Road? Is it a catch-all name for the world itself in a post-apocalyptic state?
We know that Tom Hardy will be back since he’s signed on for three more movies, but there’s no word yet on whether Charlize Theron will return to reprise her role as Furiosa.
I know, I know, Mad Max was first, but I’ve played several hundred hours of the three Borderlands games over the last few years and when I look at this movie, I think it’s midget shootin’ time (that probably sounds really bad if you haven’t played the games). They’ve certainly gone all out in trying to resurrect the Mad Max franchise. The fourth installment starring Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron and Nicholas Hoult hits theaters on May 15, 2015.