Moon and Warcraft director Duncan Jones has been trying to get his passion project Mute off the ground for years. Well, it's finally happening! Jones announced on Twitter that he will start shooting the movie next week! I'm a huge fan of Jones' work, and I'm so excited and happy for him that he is actually making this dream project of his. The sci-fi film project is set in the year 2046, it stars Paul Rudd and Alexander Skarsgård, and this is the synopsis:
Berlin. Forty years from today. A roiling city of immigrants, where East crashes against West in a science-fiction Casablanca. Leo Beiler (Skarsgard), a mute bartender has one reason and one reason only for living here, and she’s disappeared. But when Leo’s search takes him deeper into the city’s underbelly, an odd pair of American surgeons (led by Rudd) seem to be the only recurring clue, and Leo can’t tell if they can help, or who he should fear most.
Sam Rockwell also has a part in the story. He will be reprising his role as Sam Bell from Jones' first film Moon. We aren't sure how big of a role he'll play. Mute takes place in the same universe as Moon, and his character is meant to connect the two.
The movie is inspired by films such as Ridley Scott's Blade Runner, Paul Schrader’s Hardcore, Robert Altman’s MASH, and even Casablanca. When talking about the project a few years ago, he offered the following information:
“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.”
I'm incredibly excited about this movie, and I can't wait to see how it turns out!