Interesting Concept Art Surfaces for Duncan Jones' Mute
Duncan Jones made one hell of a splash this summer with his indie sci-fi picture Moon. Now he's got us all wondering exactly what's coming next. Rumblings have come from Jones himself about several projects, but our friends at SlashFilm pointed us in the direction of some fresh new concept art that has shown up on the Liberty Films (Jones' production company) official website which highlights a project in development called Mute (we last talked about it here). The single piece of art paints the picture of a Blade Runner-esque future with the dark tones of a film noir. Upon closer inspection there are certainly some interesting details.
Under the concept art a caption can be found with a bit more detail about the project:
In Development. Writers: Duncan Jones (Moon) and Mike Johnson (Sherlock Holmes). Director: Duncan Jones. Producer: Stuart Fenegan. Project currently in preproduction and set to shoot in Berlin early 2010 with Studio Babelsburg.
SlashFilm notes (and corrects) the apparent typo in mentioning Studio Babelsberg as well as another intriguing observation. To the right of the female in this concept are there is a poster that has the word "Fremde" next to a dark silhouette. Their research indicated that the word means "foreign" and while this could be insignificant, they also speculate that this could reference some backdrop dealing with aliens a la District 9. Of course this is merely speculation. All we know is Mute is a thriller about a mute bartender looking for his abducted girlfriend in a future Berlin and the antagonists of this story are a comedy duo.
Fresh and surprisingly simple for a sci-fi picture, Moon is one of my favorite films of 2009 so far, and we'll be keeping our eyes on all projects from Duncan Jones. Is Duncan's latest looking good already?