Duncan Jones Is Officially Making MUTE

Incredibly good news about the director's MOON sidequel.

Shooting to the absolute top of my most-anticipated film list this morning is Duncan Jones’ Mute, a film which this week went from a maybe thing to a definite thing, with principal casting in place and a March start date. And there was much rejoicing.

According to Deadline, Alexander Skarsgard and Paul Rudd have both signed on to the film, which will allegedly take place in the same universe as Jones’ feature debut/bona fide classic, Moon. Here from the press release (I think; I found this language verbatim on two news sites) is the film’s premise, and the director's enthusiasm:

The film is set in Berlin, 40 years from today. A roiling city of immigrants, where East crashes against West in a science-fiction Casablanca. Leo Beiler (Skarsgard), a mute bartender, has one reason and one reason only for living here, and she’s disappeared. But when Leo’s search takes him deeper into the city’s underbelly, an odd pair of American surgeons (led by Rudd) seem to be the only recurring clue, and Leo can’t tell if they can help, or who he should fear most.

“I’ve been working towards making Mute for 12 years now. I cannot tell you how thrilled I am that we’re finally going to shoot this utterly unique film,” said Jones. “The fact that I get to make it with Alexander Skarsgard and Paul Rudd makes it all the more exciting! Mute is a film that will last. It is unlike any other science fiction being made today.”

Jones has been talking about Mute for years, and this week he seems absolutely bursting with excitement, even as he puts the finishing touches on his upcoming Warcraft.

It’s also been reported that Mute will reunite Jones with Moon’s Sam Rockwell (that’s a super-intriguing detail) and composer Clint Mansell.  Moon and Source Code proved Jones can do smart, emotionally resonant science fiction. Warcraft will (hopefully) show his world-building prowess. Here’s to Mute putting both those skill sets into play and delivering something truly special.