Duncan Jones' Mute Gets A Budget And A Quiet Barkeep

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Duncan Jones, the director of the year's most game-changing science fiction movie, Moon, will follow up his meditation on isolation with the Blade Runner-inspired thriller Mute. And the film, once shrouded in mystery, is finally coming into focus.


Rumors have been circulating that Duncan Jones' next picture would be the underwater adventure film Escape From the Deep. But fret not scifi fans, his next picture will actually be Mute, the mysterious picture about a future world that Jones has compared to Blade Runner's noir Los Angeles.


According to ScreenDaily, Jones will team up with Moon producer Stuart Fenegan, who revealed some of the plot. Apparently, it's 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.

The director will be getting $25 million in for his futuristic gangster film. Which makes us all froth at the mouth a little with the idea of giving Jones actual money to bring his beautiful scenes to life (Moon's landscapes, use of light, and sets were jaw-dropping, drool-inducing beautiful). That's almost five times his previous indie budget.

Jones describes Mute as more of an ensemble piece, but revealed more details to us when we pushed him a bit on the movie's big bad villains. The project is set to start filming by the end of this year.


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Uh, Transformers played in over 10,000 theaters worldwide. Moon is playing on 21. Comparing box office receipts is like comparing the nutritional value of steak (Moon), and sand (Transformers).

I believe the term "game changing" refers to how Moon elevates the sophistication of the genre, not the elevation of Michael Bay's ego.