When we last reported on Duncan Jones’ Mute, the project was in limbo. The script is reportedly takes cues from Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner and centers on a mute bartender in 2046 Berlin who must go against the city’s gangsters in order to find his girlfriend. Unfortunately, that doesn’t translate well to a collector’s cup so the project is having trouble finding funding. Jones, whose new film Source Code opens April 1st, says that he’s going to adapt the story in to a graphic novel and hope that makes the property more attractive to investors. Speaking to Gordon and the Whale, Jones explains:
Although, I can sort of tell you that I’ve been talking to my producer today and we have decided that we’re going to release MUTE as a graphic novel. Because we’ve had so many problems trying to get this film made, you know? The people who are involved with financing films have just been…shy…shy of making the script. So what we decided to do is we’re going to make a graphic novel of it, prove it…prove it to an audience that this works and maybe in the future get the chance to come back and make it.
In the meantime, Jones is working on an untitled project that he hopes will fulfill his need to make a Blade Runner-like “city-based, futuristic sci-fi film.”