Duncan Jones riffs on Blade Runner in Mute

Duncan-JonesFresh off his widely-acclaimed debut feature, Moon, Duncan Jones has lined up his next project, Mute — a “thriller-mystery” ensemble, in contrast to Moon, which pretty much just starred Sam Rockwell and Sam Rockwell. (Plus Kevin Spacey’s voice.)

It’s actually a return to the project; according to JoBlo.com, Jones had been working on Mute before Moon was conceived and offered Rockwell the role of Mute‘s villain, which he turned down. He enjoyed the script, however, the two “had a few meetings and eventually Moon was born.” Now, with Moon‘s raves under his belt, he’s going to pick up where he left off.

Screen Daily reports the budget to be “up to $25 million,” roughly five times that of Moon, which still looked terrific. According to producer Stuart Fenegan, of London’s Liberty Films, “Mute is about a woman whose disappearance causes a mystery for her partner, a mute bartender. When she disappears, he has to go up against the city’s gangsters.”

Jones told Wired, “If Moon is an homage to Silent Running and Alien and Outland, then the next one is my homage to Blade Runner,” Jones said. “Not the same story, but definitely of the same spirit.” Mute will shoot in Berlin early next year.

Jones isn’t done basking in the critical glow of Moon yet, though; last night, it won the Michael Powell Award for  Best New British Feature at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Related Post: Moon review: Even in the future the Moon still kicks all kinds of ass.

Posted on June 30, 2009 at 11:58 by Gordon@MovieMakeout · Permalink
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  1. Written by Mike Rouse-Deane
    on 2009-06-30 at 12:31
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    Moon hasn’t been released over here :(

  2. Written by Gordon McAlpin
    on 2009-07-03 at 17:17
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  3. Written by Chris
    on 2009-07-06 at 07:40
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    I am REALLY looking forward to seeing that. Great Sci-fi writers and directors are REALLY hard to find, as most people don’t really make a career out of the genre.

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