For the moment, it looks like “Moon” writer-director Duncan Jones is hitting the pause button on development for his upcoming film, “Mute”. The film is currently struggling through the financial phase because it’s going to be a sci-fi film with a higher budget than the critically acclaimed “Moon” and since it’s an original idea that may not appeal to every single demographic, “Mute” is in a holding pattern. Thankfully, we won’t have to wait for Jones to make a return to directing as he’s signed on to helm “The Source Code” written by Ben Ripley, revisions by Billy Ray, and starring Jake Gyllenhaal.
In addition to this great news, Jones has announced that he will auction off around 70 items from “Moon” starting tomorrow at noon Eastern/9am Pacific. Hit the jump for details on both endeavors.
According to Screen Daily, “The Source Code” is the story of a US soldier (Gyllenhaal) who wakes up in the body of an unknown commuter and is forced to live and relive a train bombing until he can find the perpetrator. So it’s basically “Groundhog Day” except instead of trying to win Andie McDowell’s heart, the protagonist has to stop a train full of people from getting good and exploded. /Film has a more detailed synopsis of the film’s set up but I didn’t really read it because I try to avoid spoilers, although the reaction to the script is highly positive.
As for how you can bring a piece of “Moon” home with you, bookmark the movie’s eBay page, where they’ll be selling items such as Sam Rockwell’s jumpsuit, model miniature Moon Rover vehicles, and even GERTY the Robot. You can own GERTY. I really think they should give out the name and address of the winning bidder so we can send him or her daily jealousy-hate mail. I think they ship that first class if you live in the United States.
Bidding begins at 4pm GMT, which is 12pm Eastern Time, 9am Pacific Time, and if you live in other time zones you’ll have to figure it out for yourself. More details about the items and the auction are available at Jones’ official website, Man Made Movies.