Peter Jackson adapting Mortal Engines December 23, 2009 Is Peter Jackson Adapting The ‘Mortal Engines’ Novel Series?? Peter Jackson is reportedly bringing Philip Reeve’s Mortal Engines fantasy novels to the big screen. Reeve’s four steampunk-inspired Engines books are set in a post-apocalyptic world where cities become vehicles and must consume each other to survive. Jackson’s Weta effects studio has allegedly been crafting designs for the adaptation, which features giant floating cities. A spokesman for Jackson refused to confirm or deny the project’s development, saying that “any comment should come from Peter”.