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Duncan Jones talks Mute

DuncanJones.jpgDuncan Jones has been talking about his next project after the superb Moon (Filmstalker review), and while it might be considered in the realm of science fiction again, there's a lot more to it and it intends to be very different from Moon.

Jones has been getting a lot of attention with his first film which has just won the Michael Powell Award for Best New British Feature at the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2009, and it's an excellent film, so it's no doubt that there's a lot of focus on the film he plans to do next.

We've already heard him talk about the film and reveal that the two villains are going to be something very different from what we've seen before, if he's talking about Mute that is because he has a couple of other films on the go including Escape From the Deep, which is based on the non-fiction book by Alex Kershaw (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com) that Kershaw is also adapting about the most successful U.S. submarine in World War II that was hit by one of its own faulty torpedoes and sank to the bottom of the ocean. There it was bombarded by the Japanese until the crew, running out of air, decided to swim to the surface. Only nine of the eighty strong crew survived and they were captured and tortured until the end of the war.

Over on ScreenDaily Duncan Jones talked about Mute and revealed that the budget is going to be bigger than Moon, possibly up to US $25 million.

While Moon (Filmstalker review) was a film about an individual and a very singular film, Mute is going to be a bigger, ensemble piece.

"Mute is about a woman whose disappearance causes a mystery for her partner, a mute bartender. When she disappears, he has to go up against the city's gangsters."

It's interesting to hear that plot and understand that it's going to be a science fiction thriller, I suspect the science fiction is going to be light and, as Jones says himself, put to the background with the concentration on the character and relationships.

After Moon I really am excited to see what else Duncan Jones can bring us, and the idea that he's sticking to the same genre is as exciting as hearing that he's delving into deeper, more realistic waters too.



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