Duncan Jones, easily one of the most exciting filmmakers working in the science fiction arena right now, has a lot on his plate, even looking past the forthcoming Source Code with Jake Gyllenhaal. The Moon director has long been attached to Mute, a future-set thriller centering on a brutish 40-year-old mute’s search for his missing girlfriend, but a fairly recent script leak has curbed some of Jones’ enthusiasm for that project — so much so that he’s putting it on the back burner for now.
“I’ve always loved the script and felt it was a film worth making, but it’s a tricky one,” he told We Got This Covered. “It’s a sci-fi film, and one of the drafts of the scripts got leaked a while back. The reaction was mixed. Most people didn’t get the fact that yes it is sci-fi but it’s a futurist film. It’s a thriller that happens to take place in the future, it’s not some amazing piece of technology that ya know the world is depending upon and the whole story revolves around some particular piece of technology or some sci-fi hook.”
“I just need to get away from it for a while,” he continued. “I’ll come back to it one day and hopefully it’ll work the way I see it working. In the meantime, I have another project that I’m very excited about. It will address what people expect from sci-fi films but still does what I want it to do, and still has the heart and energy that I’d wanna see in a sci-fi film.”
What’s that other sci-fi film, you ask? According to Jones, he’s working on a “future city film,” something he describes as his “homage to Blade Runner, even if it’s a bit bigger, it will be a city based future film.” Jones tackling a Blade Runner-modeled piece sounds perfectly fantastic to us, though here’s hoping he regains his enthusiasm for Mute before long.
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