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Duncan Jones hints new sci-fi film Mute could hit Netflix next month (UPDATED)

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Jan 12, 2018, 4:44 PM EST (Updated)

UPDATE: Netflix has confirmed to SYFY WIRE that Mute will indeed premiere next month, with the exact date to be announced soon.

Whatever happened to Mute, the latest film from Moon director Duncan Jones? It might be coming sooner than you think.

The last time we heard anything about Mute was almost exactly a year ago, when Netflix released the first official images from the long-in-development project. Since then there's been almost complete silence about the picture, which Jones broke earlier this week when he responded to a tweet asking when the movie was going to surface:

Jones had said in an earlier post where the film was in terms of post-production and what was holding it up:

Netflix picked up Mute in 2016 after Jones had been working on getting it made for years — he's been talking about it almost since the release of his debut feature, 2009's Moon, to which Jones says Mute is actually connected.

Although Jones had planned to make Mute his second film, he went on to shoot Source Code and then spent three years on the massive film adaptation of Warcraft, a project that got a mixed response at the box office. With Mute, he seems to be returning to his roots of character-driven, lower-budgeted sci-fi.

While Moon seemed influenced by 2001: A Space Odyssey, Mute -- from the few images we've seen -- appears to have another genre classic, Blade Runner, in its DNA. If Jones is correct, we'll finally get a look at his passion project within a matter of weeks.

Here's a synopsis:

Set in the near-future, Leo (Alexander Skarsgård) is a bartender living in the pulsing city of Berlin.  Because of a childhood accident, Leo lost the ability to speak and the only good thing in his life is his beautiful girlfriend Naadirah (Seyneb Saleh). When she vanishes without a trace, Leo’s search for her takes him deep into the city’s seedy underbelly.  A pair of wise-cracking American surgeons (Paul Rudd and Justin Theroux) are the only recurring clue and Leo is forced to take on this teeming underworld in order to find his love.

(via Screenrant)