Duncan Jones is a very talented director. Whether you liked Warcraft or not, it is impossible to think that the film was not a noble and ambitious feat by the filmmaker. Duncan Jones is one of those storytellers that strive for unique and creative concepts that audiences have not seen before. He is definitely not afraid to take risks and his previous films, Source Code and Moon support that claim. By the sound of it, his next film, Mute, will be no different. Here is the first look at the concept art, a breakdown of who stars in the film, and three reasons why you should be excited for the project. Production of the film kicks off next week.
1. It Is An Original Sci-Fi Film
Jones has been very vocal about this project for a very long time, and even though it has not even started production yet, a synopsis has already been released:
Berlin. Forty years from today. A roiling city of immigrants, where East crashes against West in a science-fiction Casablanca. Leo Beiler, a mute bartender has one reason and one reason only for living here, and she’s disappeared. But when Leo’s search takes him deeper into the city’s underbelly, an odd pair of American surgeons seem to be the only recurring clue, and Leo can’t tell if they can help, or who he should fear most.
From the look of both the synopsis and the concept art, the film already seems like something very fresh in a world lacking original content. The concept art calls back films like Blade Runner and other innovative science fiction films from decades ago. For a blockbuster, the synopsis makes the film sound very contained and character based, hopefully that aspect of the movie does not change with the finished product.
2. Or Is It?
Even though it is a standalone film, Jones says it does have connections to one of his previous films, the Sam Rockwell-led Moon. In fact, Jones is even going as far as to say it is a companion piece to that film, which was what kickstarted his career. The film does tease a larger story to tell toward the end of the protagonist's arc, but it is not clear how they will connect to one another. If the tweet below is any indication, Rockwell may even reprise his role in some capacity.
If you are not familiar with Moon, the film follows Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell), towards the end of his shift on a lunar mine. Looking forward to seeing his daughter again, he is very enthusiastic to return to Earth. That is, until he meets his clone, who suddenly appears just before his scheduled departure. As Rockwell's heath deteriorates, they have to figure out what is really happening on the ship, and if he is ever going to go back home.
3. The Talent
Yes, you read the tweet above correctly. This film also stars Ant-Man and Tarzan. Both Paul Rudd and Alexander Skarsgård have found their way into major blockbuster films in the past couple of years — Rudd with Ant-Man and Captain America: Civil War, and Skarsgård with The Legend of Tarzan.
The passion project, which was written by Mike Johnson and Duncan Jones, has been well received by those who have read it. Another exciting addition to the crew is Clint Mansell, who composed the fantastic score for Moon. It is clear that Jones has put a lot of heart into the movie due to the fact that he has been trying to perfect the film for over a decade. It is great that it is finally getting off the ground.
I’ve been working towards making 'Mute' for 12 years now. I cannot tell you how thrilled I am that we’re finally going to shoot this utterly unique film. The fact that I get to make it with Alexander Skarsgard and Paul Rudd makes it all the more exciting. 'Mute' is a film that will last. It is unlike any other science fiction being made today.
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