It’s been known for some time now that The Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson is working to adapt YA dystopian novel (aren’t they all?) Mortal Engines for the big screen. After all, he secured the film rights to the book way back in 2001 when it first debuted.

Jackson recently unveiled the very first image from the project – a piece of concept art – rather surreptitiously: by making it the new cover photo of his official Facebook page, without so much as a caption! But fans were quick to catch on that they were in fact getting an early glimpse of the much-anticipated movie.

Based on a series of novels by Philip Reeve, Mortal Engines is set in a version of our world thousands of years in the future. After a devastating war, cities roam the desolate globe on giant wheels, attacking and devouring each other in a struggle over diminishing resources.

The image above is of the mysterious woman from the Outlands looking upon one of the massive Traction cities where she will meet a young man named Tom Natsworthy and change his life forever.

The Mortal Engines cast so far includes Hugo Weaving, Stephen Lang, Hera Hilmar, Robert Sheehan, Leila George and Ronan Raftery. It’s been reported that filming has just begun in Wellington, New Zealand.

Jackson is not directing this time but he did write the script with Philippa Boyens, while his wife Fran Walsh is on board as one of the producers (The trio wrote the screenplay for the LOTR trilogy). Instead, Jackson’s protégé, Oscar-winning visual effects artist Christian Rivers, is sitting in the director’s chair.

We’re aware that this is still early days but just from the captivating premise and the colossal scale seen in the artwork alone, we think this is going to be epic!

Mortal Engines is slated to be released in 2018. What say you, geeks? Does this excite you?