In Mortal Engines, set hundreds of years after a cataclysmic event has destroyed civilisation, roving “predator cities” on caterpillar treads, including London (seen here), devour everything in their paths. Photo: Universal Pictures

Peter Jackson’s Mortal Engines could be the US$100 million film flop of 2018 – so what went wrong?

  • A baffling story that lacks a hook, a debutant director, almost no stars, big competition, a massive marketing misfire – Universal has a holiday bust
  • Studio hoped to launch a new sci-fi fantasy franchise with Mortal Engines, but woeful reviews and terrible ticket sales look to have doomed that idea
Topic |   American films

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In Mortal Engines, set hundreds of years after a cataclysmic event has destroyed civilisation, roving “predator cities” on caterpillar treads, including London (seen here), devour everything in their paths. Photo: Universal Pictures
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