As the world is anxiously awaiting the onslaught of orcs in Duncan Jones' upcoming Warcraft movie, the director is looking ahead toward other passion projects on his plate, namely a sci-fi film called Mute. We reported back in 2015 on this secret project, best described as a future-set Casablanca, and an homage to one of Jones' favorite films, Ridley Scott's Blade Runner. He, Dark Horse, and Glenn Fabry had been working on a graphic novel of Mute for several years, and Jones was trying to squeeze in the filming before the release of Warcraft.
Obviously, he slightly underestimated the time-stealing abilities of major studio feature films, and he's been attentive to the Universal tentpole ever since. Co-written by creative partner Mike Johnson, Mute apparently takes place in a futuristic Berlin, Germany, and centers around the mysterious abduction of a voiceless bartender during his search for a vanished girlfriend.
Jones (Moon, Source Code) offered an update on Mute in a recent interview with Den of Geek, with raised hopes that this intimate indie sci-fi flick may get rolling later this year, with Alexander Skarsgard and Paul Rudd already signed on to star.
I’ve joked about it before, that it’s my Don Quixote. But it absolutely is my Don Quixote and it’s just been this incredibly challenging passion project to try and find a home for and get it made. I know we’ve found the right home for it—we haven’t announced it yet—but Alexander Skarsgard and Paul Rudd and myself are going to be making this movie with a couple other people who haven’t been announced yet, and I’m thrilled. It’s just a great group of actors and I can’t wait to finally make this weird little film, which I think people are going to either love or hate, and I don’t care which.
Regarding the status on that graphic novel project with Dark Horse, Jones had this to add:
There was a lot of work that went into the graphic novel and that’s sitting in a bit of a limbo right now, especially with the film happening. I’ve lived with this film for such a long time now, I pretty much have the whole thing storyboarded in my head. The only thing I would need is to be able to find locations that come close to the locations I need in my head.
Sounds like this egg is ready to hatch! Once the combat dust raised by Warcraft's release on June 10, 2016, settles down, watch for more progress reports on this clandestine offering from one of cinema's fastest-rising talents. Do you have great expectations of Jones' cinematic obsessions, and does Mute scream of potential, or is it mere muffled material?
(Via Den of Geek)