It took 12 years to get here, but it will take less than 12 months to see director Duncan Jones’ Mute, the final installment of his Moon trilogy. Completing this set of films was put on pause (after 2008’s Moon and 2011’s Source Code) because of Jones directing Warcraft. Now, Mute has found a home with Netflix, and it seems like it has a pretty ambitious release date.
Paul Rudd and Alexander Skarsgard are set to star in the film, which according to Netflix:
The much-anticipated project comes from a story Jones created twelve years ago. The film follows Leo (Skarsgård), a mute man searching for a missing person in the year 2052 in Berlin while dueling with two rogue villains played by Rudd and Justin Theroux. Jones co-wrote the script with Michael Robert Johnson (Sherlock Holmes). Charles J.D. Schlissel serves as executive producer along with co-producers Henning Molfenter, Charlie Woebcken, Christoph Fisser of Studio Babelsberg.
Jones said in a press release that,
“Mute is an encapsulation of everything I am fascinated by; noir, science fiction, and unique people in trouble because of who and what they are. I’m delighted to be able to return to Berlin for the shoot, a place I lived for a period of time growing up, and I’m excited to be working with Netflix on a film that is so close to my heart.”
Jones has further described the film to Empire magazine as “a thriller with a very weird tone. It goes very dark, then it also goes very darkly funny. It’s science-fiction urban, so it certainly owes some of its influence to Blade Runner.”
There was a time when Jones had thought Mute might only be released as a graphic novel, but it seems that the mighty Netflix has swooped in to save the day again.