Peter Jackson’s Mortal Engines has looked like an amazing and intriguing project since we first got a look at a teaser last Superbowl Sunday. The film, based on the book of the same name by Philip Reeve looks to be a steampunk blend of fantasy, war, and mystery. As a long-time fan of Jackson’s going back to his early work like Meet The Feebles and Michael J. Fox’s The Frighteners, we know that he’s had his ups and downs as a film-maker. While Return of the King is a true masterpiece, there is a lot that could have been improved in both King Kong and The Hobbit films. Still, it looks like he’s taken great delight in being the first to have a chance to adapt the source material. If this new trailer is any indication, we could be in for a fun film.

Mortal Engines stars: Hugo Weaving, Hera Hilmar, Robert Sheehan, Jihae, Ronan Raftery, Leila George, Patrick Malahide and Stephen Lang. The film opens on December 8th

Hundreds of years after civilization was destroyed by a cataclysmic event, a mysterious young woman, Hester Shaw (Hera Hilmar), emerges as the only one who can stop London — now a giant, predator city on wheels — from devouring everything in its path. Feral, and fiercely driven by the memory of her mother, Hester joins forces with Tom Natsworthy (Robert Sheehan), an outcast from London, along with Anna Fang (Jihae), a dangerous outlaw with a bounty on her head.

Mortal Engines is the startling, new epic adventure directed by Oscar®-winning visual-effects artist Christian Rivers (King Kong). Joining Rivers are The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogies three-time Academy Award®-winning filmmakers Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, who have penned the screenplay. Visual effects are created by a Weta Digital team led by Ken McGaugh, Kevin Smith, Luke Millar and Dennis Yoo. The Universal and MRC adaptation is from the award-winning book series by Philip Reeve, published in 2001 by Scholastic.

On board as producers are Zane Weiner (The Hobbit trilogy), Amanda Walker (The Hobbit trilogy) and Deborah Forte (Goosebumps), as well as Walsh and Jackson. Ken Kamins (The Hobbit trilogy) joins Boyens as executive producer. Universal will distribute the film worldwide.