Duncan Jones' new 'sci-fi Casablanca' film Mute connects to his indie hit Moon

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Sep 22, 2016, 11:58 AM EDT

Though a sequel to Warcraft remains on the bubble, director Duncan Jones is keeping busy with a project a bit closer to his usual wheelhouse: A smaller sci-fi story with an intriguing plot. Oh, and fans of his previous hit Moon should be psyched.

Jones has confirmed his new project Mute will start shooting next week, and also noted it will be “related” to Moon. Exactly what that means? We don’t know, but Jones has teased the film is the second installment in a potential Moon trilogy. Mute is set 40 years in the future and described as a “science-fiction Casablanca,” so it stands to reason there could be some direct (i.e. in-canon) correlations as well as tonal connections to Moon that could be on the table.

The story itself takes place in a city full of immigrants, where the East clashes with the West. It centers on mute bartender Leo Beiler (Alexander Skarsgard), who is looking for the woman he loves. That quest takes him down to the city’s seedier side, where he crosses paths with an “odd” American surgeon (Paul Rudd) who knows something about the case. Yeah, it sounds pretty weird — and like something Jones could certainly sink his teeth into.

Check out Jones’ post, along with a piece of concept art, below.

(Via Duncan Jones, The Hollywood Reporter)