Duncan Jones talks Mute and Escape From the Deep
Duncan Jones, director and story creator of Moon, has revealed two of his next projects. Escape From the Deep and Mute.
The first is based on a real story of a World War II submarine that was stranded on the bottom of the ocean, while Mute is a science fiction film that will explore the meaning of humanity.
Already the film Moon is gathering a lot of positive comments and reviews, and while I might end up missing it at the EIFF due to scheduling conflicts, I am going to try my hardest to see it one way or another.
After his short film Whistle, Duncan Jones went onto make Moon, starring Sam Rockwell and Kevin Spacey. He had intended to make Mute first of all and had offered Sam Rockwell a role as one of the villains of the film, however Rockwell had felt he had played too many characters like that and wanted to do something different. So Jones came up with Moon specifically for the actor.
Io9 through The Playlist have more on the project which Duncan Jones had originally been comparing to Blade Runner, but only because of the connections in terms of the analysis of what it is to be human and what makes humanity and how they both create a realistic and believable futuristic world, not the one you so oft see in science fiction.
"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."
Is what he had to say about the film, although he does go on to tease us a little about the villains of the piece.
"...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."
Unique? Never seen the like before? Now that is interesting, but there's nothing more given so that we could even start to guess what this could all mean.
The film has already started to be offered to actors, and perhaps that means that Sam Rockwell might be interested in returning to work with Jones and perhaps turn back to his darker side for another role, we'll have to wait and see on that front.
Meanwhile, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Jones will be bringing the true story of a submarine escape to the big screen. Escape From the Deep is based on the non-fiction book by Alex Kershaw (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com) who is also adapting it into a screenplay.
It tells the story of the World War II American submarine Tang which allegedly sunk more enemy ships than any other allied submarine in the Pacific, I say alleged since it is such a qualified statement and I'm so used to seeing American stories, particularly films, rewriting history.
The submarine was hit by one of its own faulty torpedoes and sank to the bottom of the Pacific ocean during a battle. There it lay with its crew struggling to survive and the Japanese navy dropping depth charges on them in order to totally destroy them.
Running out of air the crew decided to flood the submarine and attempt the hundred and eighty feet swim to the surface. Only nine of the eighty crew members survived, and when they surfaced they were faced with captured, tortured and interrogated until final liberation at the end of the war.
This will certainly make for an interesting choice after Moon, and with Mute as his next film it's certain that Duncan Jones is showing that his talent isn't just restricted to one genre of film. I wonder what we're in store for in the future from this writer and director.