Duncan Jones’ 2009 film Moon was, and remains, something quite special. It was a clever, high-concept science fiction film that came out of nowhere, took a lot of unexpected turns, and delivered a heartfelt, emotional story you rarely - if ever - see in the genre. I tear up every time I watch it, and I don’t watch it often, because I want to keep it special. It’s one of those movies.
So when Jones announced his follow-up, Mute, set in that same universe, I was really excited. It didn’t happen; Source Code happened, which played in that same “emotional sci-fi” sandbox as Moon, and then Jones signed onto Warcraft, which seems unlikely to keep the existential/emotional through-line of the director’s first two features. Along the way, Jones made plans to turn Mute into a graphic novel, which...okay, but let’s not pretend that was ever going to be an acceptable substitute. Movies are not comic books, comic books are not movies, and I was a little crushed.
But today at Comic-Con, Jones has announced that he might try to squeeze in Mute during Warcraft’s 11-month period of post-production, which means that, ostensibly, the film could happen before the graphic novel. Jones tells Empire Online:
“Dark Horse and Glenn Fabry and myself have been working on the graphic novel for [Mute] for years now – literally years – and there’s a very good chance, if I can squeeze [it in] in these 11 months, that you’ll see the film before you see the graphic novel.”
Jones adds that 11 months was enough time to make Moon happen. Please, Jesus, let this come to pass. Jones’ voice as a filmmaker is so refreshing and original to me (while still tapping into echoes of great genre classics of the past) that I’d happily throw any of you in front of a train to see him dabble in small, smart science fiction again.