With Warcraft's release poised on the horizon for a 2016 assault, director Duncan Jones is trying squeeze in one more pet film project before the bigscreen World of Warcraft adaptation invades multiplexes with clans of tusked orcs.
Mute is an homage to one Jones's favorite films, Ridley Scott's visionary 1982 masterwork, Blade Runner, and based on a hardboiled graphic novel he's been tinkering with for years with Dark Horse Comics.
In a recent chat with Empire during Legendary's SDCC preview evening, here's what the director had to say about this indie sci-fi flick he's planning on shoehorning in between the laborious post-production process for Warcraft and its 2016 summer release:
"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. It’s 11 months to sneak in my little indie sci-fi before Warcraft comes out. I got Moon done in 11 months."
Co-written by writing partner, Mike Johnson, Mute takes place in a futuristic Berlin, Germany and centers around the mysterious abduction of a mute bartender during his search for a missing girlfriend. The feature shot above is a noirish piece of cool concept art from 2009 courtesy of Jones's production company, Liberty Films.
Jones, the talented son of rock 'n 'roll legend, David Bowie, has enjoyed a rising reputation as a serious filmmaker after the enormous success and critical acclaim of Moon and Source Code. His passion projects tend to be provocative, laced with existential angst and imbued with a captivating visual style, and we're looking forward to hearing much more about Mute after shooting starts sometime early next year.