Duncan Jones Says He Won't Direct STAR TREK 3

Moon and Warcraft director Duncan Jones recently popped up on a short list of directors that Paramount Pictures wants to direct Star Trek 3. After the news broke, Jones took to Twitter to explain that he's not going to do it because he's more interested in developing a project of his own. Here's what he had to say in a series of tweets:

"Very flattering being on short list for Star Trek, but won't be doing it. Absolutely MUST make my own thing next, or I'll die of old age!"
"As for what that thing will be, pushing two to see which will go first. I'm equally in love with both scripts..."

It's very likely that Mute will be one  of the original projects that Jones wants to make next. He's been talking about it for years, and earlier this year he said that he'd like to make it after he's done with Warcraft, and that he was going to give it "one more push before I put it on the Don Quixote shelf." He's also having a graphic novel for it developed, and when asked if that was still happening he said:

"The mighty @FabryGlenn is dragging himself through broken glass to get it to us. Whats already done is stunning!"

I hope he is able to get it made. It really does sound like it could make for a great movie. It has been likened to Blade Runner. Here are some previously revealed details:

There's a couple of villains in there which I'm really excited about. They're so different than anything you've seen. I hope I get the chance to make the film because they're going to be very unique, you're not going to have seen anyone like these two guys before...
No aliens, nothing like that. It's a very human story, it's about normal, normal people having to live in this future city. Science fiction is more of a backdrop, in some ways, than you might expect. But I like that, because ... if you allow [science fiction] to be in the backdrop and not be what it's all about, then the humanity is what you're really concentrating on and looking at. You see why people are the way they are , and how they've maintained their humanity in these science-fiction settings. Or the opposite, why their humanity starts to be eroded. When they started to lose their humanity because of the world that they live in, and that's what this film is going to be about.

As much as I would have loved to see what he would do with the Star Trek universe, I'm happy that he's going to focus his attention on an original film for his next project.

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