Duncan Jones on ‘Mute’, Its Connection to ‘Moon’, Netflix vs. Theatrical, and ‘Warcraft 2’
Duncan Jones has been a pretty busy guy the last few years. His feature directorial debut Moon put him on the map back in 2009, then he stepped up to the mid-range budgeted Source Code for Summit Entertainment, and after that it was going full-blown studio blockbuster with Warcraft. But even while he was busy with those opportunities, there was a story on his mind that he was eager to bring to screen, and after 16 years, it finally happened.
Mute stars Alexander Skarsgard as Leo, a mute bartender who gets caught up in the dangerous underground scene in a futuristic Berlin. When his girlfriend Naadirah (Seyneb Saleh) goes missing, Leo sets out to find her and along the way, he encounters an abundance of shady figures including Paul Rudd and Justin Theroux as two ex-military surgeons doing dubious work for local gangsters.
With Mute making its big debut on Netflix on February 23rd, Jones swung by the Collider Video studio to discuss the long journey from script to screen, the technology featured in the 2052 setting, his thoughts on the rise of streaming services and much more.
- What Mute looked like 16 years ago compared to the final film.
- How Moon, Source Code and Warcraft helped him make Mute.
- Casting Alexander Skarsgard as Leo.
- The Moon reference in Mute.
- More of Leo’s backstory and additional scenes shot that aren’t in the final film.
- Pushing what already exists now to create the futuristic technology.
- What’s in the Fly Meal box anyway?
- On Paul Rudd’s performance.
- The unforgettable facial hair and wig dubbed “Owen Wilson” in Mute.
- A little tease of one of the goriest scenes in the movie.
- The path these four films have put him on as a filmmaker.
- Was Mute influenced by any particular sci-fi release over the past 16 years?
- Jones on his experience working with Netflix and why it was the right platform for Mute.
- Jones’ thoughts on streaming at home vs. the theater experience.
- Could we get specific venues for independent cinema in the future?
- What’s next for Jones? Is there any hope for a Warcraft sequel?
- His hope to do something different and close to home for his next film.