Easter eggs are in nearly every movie these days — heck there’s a whole film coming out that’s one giant Easter egg — so you can’t blame a director for dropping in a reference to his most beloved movie.

Moon was the breakout directorial debut for Duncan Jones, winning him the attention of Hollywood and the ardor of sci-fi fans who quickly labelled the 2009 movie as a modern classic. Now, after dabbling in blockbuster studio filmmaking with Warcraft and Source Code, Jones has been given almost complete creative freedom by Netflix to pursue his longtime passion project, Mute. And some of that creative freedom goes to making a fun nod to his most beloved film.

Warning: This post contains minor spoilers for Moon and Mute.

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Writer-director Duncan Jones‘ new movie, Mute, has been a long time coming. “I’ve finally got this boulder up the hill,” he told us with a laugh and a sense of relief. The filmmaker behind MoonSource Code, and Warcraft originally envisioned his bleak, surprisingly old-school sci-fi mystery as his directorial debut, but the project faced its share of challenges over the years.

When you see the movie, it’s easy to understand why. Mute certainly isn’t a middle-of-the-road film or a story that plays it safe. The movie is a real nasty piece of work at times, but it’s also not without a sense of perverse fun and beauty. After sixteen years of Jones trying to get Mute made, the end result is a packed-to-the-brim science fiction noir that feels like it’s been waiting to be unleashed for a long time.

We recently spoke with Jones about the project’s history, his affinity for Blade Runner, twisting Paul Rudd’s nice guy image, and more.

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mute reviews

In 2009, Moon put Duncan Jones on the map as one of the most intriguing and promising new directors working today. His debut gave Jones the opportunity to direct the modestly received, star-studded Source Code and the poorly received, big-budget Warcraft. But most importantly, it paved the way for a passion project 16 years in the making. And thanks to Netflix, Jones finally was able to bring that passion project to life. But was it worth the wait?

Probably not, according to the early reviews of Mute, Jones’ glossy cyberpunk science-fiction film starring Alexander Skarsgard as a mute bartender waging war against future city gangsters.

See what critics have to say about Mute.

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Mute review

Duncan Jones‘ passion project, the sci-fi film Mute, has finally arrived on Netflix – but was it worth the wait?

Our Mute review answers that question below.

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‘Mute’ Trailer: Duncan Jones Heads to Netflix

Mute trailer

Duncan Jones‘ Mute has been a long time coming, but it’s almost here. In the meantime, the first Mute trailer has arrived to give us our first full look at Jones’ passion project – a sci-fi film he’s been working on for nearly 12 years now.

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Mute footage
The first footage from Duncan Jones‘ long-awaited Netflix movie Mute has been revealed. Don’t get too excited: there’s no dialogue, and the footage is part of a longer promo video for what’s coming to Netflix in February. Still, those of you who have been dying to see what this film looks like can take a gander as you await the inevitable trailer release.

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‘Mute’ Release Date Officially Announced

Netflix Mute Release Date

At last, Duncan Jones‘ highly-anticipated Netflix movie Mute has a release date: February 23, 2018. Last week, Jones teased the release date as “next month,” and today, the Moon and Warcraft filmmaker finally made it official. More on the Mute release date below.

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Mute release date

Mute, the long-awaited new film from Moon and Warcraft director Duncan Jones, is finally almost upon us. The filmmaker confirmed on Twitter that his science-fiction film will likely arrive on Netflix next month. More details on the Mute release date await you below.

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mute first look

We first heard about Duncan JonesMute back in 2009, shortly after he had finished blowing us all away with his stunning science fiction debut, Moon. Since then, Jones has helmed two other movies, the very good Source Code and the noble misfire Warcraft, but his Berlin-set sci-fi noir has always hovered in the margins of every news post. When was he finally going to get around to making this one?

Then things started to come together. Alexander Skarsgård, Paul Rudd, and Justin Theroux joined the film. Moon composer Clint Mansell hopped on board. And then shooting started, with Netflix signing on to release the film straight to their streaming service at some point in 2017. Now, the first images from the film have arrived as the final piece of evidence: yes, Mute is actually happening. Finally and for real.

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‘Mute’ Recruits ‘The Leftovers’ Star Justin Theroux

justin theroux mute the leftovers

After years of false starts and delays and frequent updates from director Duncan Jones, the science fiction noir Mute finally starting shooting late last month. However, it turns out that the spiritual sequel to Moon didn’t have every single piece in place quite yet, as Justin Theroux has now joined the cast.

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