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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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Duncan Jones’ ‘Mute’ Will Get Netflix Release

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Duncan JonesMute was one of those projects I have been writing and thinking about for years, which I cynically never expected to come to fruition. Kind of like Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds or Terry Gilliam’s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. I’m so excited that Mute is finally filming and we’ll be able to see the science fiction noir soon. But where will we be able to see it, and who is fronting the movie? Netflix. Learn more details about the Mute Netflix release, after the jump.

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This Is How ‘Moon’ and ‘Mute’ Are Connected

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Yesterday, we were pleased to report Duncan Jones will finally start shooting Mute next week. The director was hoping to make the Berlin-set sci-fi movie his directorial debut, but he spent years struggling to get it financed. During those years, though, he met Sam Rockwell, who read Mute when Jones was aiming to make it his first movie. The director wanted the actor to play the villain, but Rockwell was interested in another role. They couldn’t agree on which part he was right for, but that meeting ultimately led to Moon, which will be referenced in Mute.

When the director tweeted yesterday that the two films are related, some people were left wondering how, but for the past few years, Jones has been discussing a Mute and Moon connection, and a part of it is the Sam Rockwell. Below, learn more about that cameo and the potential Moon-iverse.

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Director Duncan Jones Starts Shooting ‘Mute’ Next Week

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Mute has been a longtime passion project for Duncan Jones. The director wanted to make the Berlin-set sci-fi film, which he co-wrote with Michael Robert Johnson, his directorial debut, but it got put on hold for Moon. Still struggling to get Mute financed, Jones then made Source Code his sophomore effort. Then he went on to direct Warcraft. But before his video game adaptation opened in theaters, it was announced Alexander Skarsgård and Paul Rudd would star in Mute. The two actors will enter Berlin circa 2046 soon because Duncan Jones’ film finally begins shooting next week.

Below, learn more about Mute.

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I’ve gone on the record about not being a particularly big fan of Warcraft, but that doesn’t change the fact that I still believe in Duncan Jones. After all, how could you possibly write off the man who made Moon and Source Code? And for its many faults, Warcraft is still a work of passion that is too weird to be dismissed completely.

So I’m choosing to look to the future and toward Mute, the science fiction noir Jones has been teasing since 2009, when it was supposed to be his sophomore feature. Although this project isn’t an a direct sequel to Moon, it is apparently set in the same near-future world. So of course Jones would re-team with composer Clint Mansell, who wrote the score for Moon.

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Director Duncan Jones has been talking about this science fiction film noir dream project Mute for years. Like so many passion projects, it always seemed to be just out of reach for the Moon and Source Code filmmaker, who has spent the past few years bringing Warcraft to life. With his big-budget fantasy epic nearing the homestretch, Jones can actually make Mute happen instead of just wistfully talking about it to anyone who will listen. After all, we’ve been using the same piece of concept art for every story about this movie for over five years. We need something new!

And now, we’re getting something new. Alexander Skarsgard and Paul Rudd have joined the cast, which is the first proper, actual evidence we’ve had in years that this movie could become a reality. More importantly, Jones has all but confirmed what he’s long teased: Mute will take place in the same universe as Moon.

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Warcraft sequels

Duncan Jones is at Comic Con to promote Warcraft, and he’s got a few other things to say while talking about his upcoming third movie. Warcraft is very nearly done, with fewer than a dozen effects shots left to complete. And since the movie doesn’t release until June 2016, that leaves him with a lot of time until he has to hit the promo circuit. He’ll eventually get to work on a Warcraft sequel, and in fact he and Legendary have story ideas for two more movies.

What Jones seems most keen on doing, however, is filling the eleven months between now and the release of Warcraft by making another movie. Specifically, he hopes to finally shoot Mute, the future-set film he wrote several years ago and has called “a dark, dirty thriller.” Read More »

Duncan Jones Mute

Even as he puts the finishing touches on Warcraft, Duncan Jones is already looking ahead to his next project. And though Warcraft represented a step forward for him in some ways (it’s certainly his biggest film in terms of budget) it seems he’s eager to go back to a project he’s been working on for some time already.

Jones has hinted that he wants to take another crack at Mute, a Blade Runner-esque sci-fi project set in Berlin. If that sounds vaguely familiar, that may be because he’s been talking about it on and off for years — since before Moon was even released, in fact. Hit the jump to read Jones’s comments and learn more about his potential next film.

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A couple years ago, it looked like Duncan Jones might follow up his debut feature, Moon, with a sci-fi film called Mute. Set in futuristic Berlin, the script follows a mute bartender looking for his abducted girlfriend. Comparisons were made to Blade Runner, and some script reviews praised the visual detail implied by the script. But financing turned out to be difficult to come by, and the director signed on to make Source Code instead. Now, with that film almost in theaters, people are asking about the next film for Duncan Jones.

At one point he suggested that Mute might become a graphic novel before anything else — shades of Darren Aronofsky’s The Fountain — and now he says that is definitely the plan. Read More »

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One of the most promising young filmmakers out there today, Duncan Jones, hasn’t even released his second film yet but he’s already starting to think about the follow-up. After his phenomenal debut film Moon, Jones is about ready to let us all enter the Source Code on April 15 with Jake Gyllenhaal, Vera Farmiga and Michelle Monaghan. And while there had been much talk (and concept art and script reviews) that would suggest Mute would be Jones’ next film, that doesn’t seem to be the case.

In an interview with We Got This Covered, Jones revealed that Mute is in “limbo” and he wants his next film to be his homage to Blade Runner. “It will be a city based future film,” Jones said. Read what happened to Mute and more about this “city based future film” after the jump. Read More »