Duncan Jones Hoping to Make His Sci-Fi 'Mute' Next After 'Warcraft'
by Alex Billington
July 16, 2014
Way back when filmmaker Duncan Jones was just getting his career going, after Moon but before Source Code, there were rumblings that he was working on another original sci-fi project titled Mute. We wrote about it off and on for a few years before, in late 2011, we had to report that the project was stalled and he went onto other things. Eventually he got the job to direct the World of Warcraft movie for Legendary, and is now finishing up that (due for release in March of 2016). Well, the filmmaker recently posted a tweet via his account @ManMadeMoon hinting that he might give "Mute one more push" after finishing up Warcraft.
So, what is Mute? Well, early on, Duncan described it as "a thriller that happens to take place in the future" and the plot was said to be 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." It sounds like it might be very interesting, and the project was slated to go into production in Germany in early 2010, until production stalled and Jones went on to direct Source Code instead. Here's the latest mention on Twitter, referencing Terry Gilliam's Don Quixote movie that he has tried and re-tried to make, but never able to actually finish it.
Thinking about what film I want to try and do after Warcraft. May give Mute one more push before I put it on the "Don Quixote" shelf.
— Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) July 15, 2014
Here's a look at some early concept art for the film that showed up back in 2009 and is still floating around:
We posted about this concept art back in 2009, and also wrote about the project back then before the news of production being halted in early 2011. My feeling is that Mute is actually a movie about a mute character, and is crafted more around the world and ideas, with minimal dialogue. Which is kind of how Duncan describes it: "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 its been a tough sell." But perhaps Warcraft will help him now.
For now, we'll have to wait and watch closely. Duncan is finishing another year (or more) of post-production on Warcraft. In the meantime, you can follow his updates on Twitter at @ManMadeMoon or grab Moon on Blu-ray now. Jones also announced that Mute will be made into a graphic novel from Dark Horse next year.