Moon and Source Code Director Duncan Jones Talks Long-Awaited Project, Mute
01.17.11 by Ryan
Weeks after director Duncan Jones made his debut with Moon — the highly-lauded 2009 sci-fi movie starring Sam Rockwell — reports revealed that Jones' next project would be the a Blade Runner-inspired, futuristic thriller Mute, about "a woman whose disappearance causes a mystery for her partner, a mute bartender" who "has to go up against the city's gangsters." Instead of making Mute, however, Jones moved on to a different sci-fi thriller, Source Code, starring Jake Gyllenhaal as a soldier who wakes up in the body of another man in order to discover the culprit of a train bombing.
With Source Code opening later this year, WeGotThisCovered spoke to Jones about Mute, which Jones admitted is "in limbo."
I’ve always loved the script and felt it was a film worth making, but it’s a tricky one. It’s a sci-fi film, and one of the drafts of the scripts got leaked a while back. The reaction was mixed. Most people didn’t get the fact that yes it is sci-fi but it’s a futurist film. It’s a thriller that happens to take place in the future, it’s not some amazing piece of technology that, ya know, the world is depending upon and the whole story revolves around some particular piece of technology or some sci-fi hook.
That was the whole idea, to tell a film that can be based in any period, but just HAPPENS to take place in the future. And it’s been very difficult to basically pitch that in a way where people understand why it needs to be done that way. People just say, why can’t it be in a contemporary setting? But no, it’s about mood and atmosphere as much as anything else. It’s also quite dark so it’s been a tough sell. Also, it’s not a big film, it has been designed to be sort of a smaller and more independent film. Budget wise, it’s in between Moon and Source Code.
While Jones promises that he'll return to Mute at some point, the director admitted that he has another mysterious, untitled, sci-fi project lined up. "It will address what people expect from sci-fi films but still does what I want it to do, and still has the heart and energy that I’d wanna see in a sci-fi film," said Jones.