At long last Duncan Jones’s passion project Mute is on the horizon, set to release this year on Netflix. Jones says he’s been working on the sci-fi thriller in some fashion for upwards of 12 years, and with his last job Warcraft behind him he’s managed to put his energy back behind it and finally landed a home for the film.
Last year /Film reported on Jones’s joy at getting the chance to bring the picture to life:
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.
Jones’s excitement may come across a bit overly confident, but at the same time it’s nice to see some personal emotion injected into an upcoming movie in an industry that feels saturated with passionless, mediocre blockbusters. His words also feel pretty substantiated based on The Playlist’s recent images of the primary cast in their gorgeous 2046 future-Berlin setting:
From The Playlist:
Set in the near-future, Leo (Alexander Skarsgård) is a bartender living in the pulsing city of Berlin. Because of a childhood accident, Leo lost the ability to speak and the only good thing in his life is his beautiful girlfriend Naadirah (Seyneb Saleh). When she vanishes without a trace, Leo’s search for her takes him deep into the city’s seedy underbelly. A pair of wise-cracking American surgeons (Paul Rudd and Justin Theroux) are the only recurring clue and Leo is forced to take on this teeming underworld in order to find his love.
Mute has the cast and the story to hook us as it is, but over the last few years, Duncan Jones has hinted that the movie is set in the same world as his debut film, Moon (2009), and even suggested that Sam Rockwell may reprise his role in some fashion. Jones tweeted last year that Rockwell and Clint Mansell, who served as composer on Moon, were both joining him on Mute:
— Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) November 4, 2015
We’re big fans of Moon, a carefully made mystery set in space that also lays hints of a love letter to Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. Tying Moon into Mute could be a needless distraction to what already feels like a compelling movie. Nonetheless, Mute is on our watch list for 2017.
Images: Netflix, Liberty films UK
Source: The Playlist