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Source Code Screens In Japan

Source Code might not be out until 28 October in Japan but it had its first media screening a couple of days ago on 18 August.

With thanks to Rintaro Watanabe, who was at that screening, here’s a photo from the event. Happily but not surprisingly, Rintaro thoroughly enjoyed the film and Duncan Jones tweeted at him that he may be in Japan soon. On 28 October, perhaps?

Meanwhile, to mark the release of Source Code on DVD and blu ray in the UK, In Style has released this video which aims to explain the science behind the source code in under two minutes. An astrophysicist lends a hand. You can watch that here.

Duncan Jones Knows Just Who He Wants to Star in His Next Film

To mark the release of Source Code on DVD and blu ray in the UK this week, LoveFilm features a new interview with Duncan Jones. In it, Duncan talks a little about the contrast
of making Moon and Source Code, but he also speaks a little bit more about The Third Project. He even has an idea of cast. Duncan might not give much away but it does make one think about the type of actor that he would like to direct next. Read the interview here and, if you’re feeling lucky, there’s also a Source Code competition.

This one is hopefully going to be a summation of what I would love to make as a science fiction film – a little bit future set. Connected to the universe that is described in Moon, but a completely independent story. And also connected to a script I’ve been working on for a long time, Mute, which we’re doing in parallel as a graphic novel.

I will say that I have a particular cast in mind for a number of the characters, to help me give them a voice and write them in a way which is believable. I definitely have people I’d love to work with, and hopefully they’ll want to work with me too!

Also, just in case any directors might be thinking of giving their masterpieces a new lick of paint, Duncan mentions that the science fiction film that inspired him the most ‘always was’ Blade Runner.

Source Code DVD and Blu Ray Out in the UK Tomorrow and Duncan Jones Talks (a bit) About What’s Next

There is a distinct silver lining to the beginning of the new working week. It comes in the shape of Source Code, which will be available in all imaginable formats from Monday morning across the UK. So whether you fancy a DVD, a blu ray, a combo pack, a double play blu ray, and/or a steelbook, tomorrow you can become the happy owner of a film that topped every chart on its release in the US last month.

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Just as it did on its theatrical release, Source Code is receiving more top reviews to mark the occasion. To quote but three…

Mark Kermode:  ‘Working from a playfully thoughtful script by Ben Ripley, Jones confirms his status as an adroit storyteller with a flair for succinct visuals and a firm grasp of narrative cohesion.’

The Telegraph: ‘This romantic, touching film about changing life’s pre-written scripts seems feelgood, but, as with Jones’s previous film, Moon, implies a darker vortex of proliferating realities and outcomes.’

Total Film: ‘Source Code is lean, keen and, ironically, bears repeated viewing’.

The DVD release also means more press and there is an ENORMOUS article and interview with Duncan Jones in – and I apologise – the Mail this weekend, accompanied by some rather good photos of the man himself.

A particularly good interview this weekend has come from DIY Films and Becky Reed. This includes some hints about Duncan’s next project: ‘I can say that it is a science fiction film, and potentially… I’ll take a break from sci-fi after this film. Moon was done at a tiny budget and we really squeezed everything we could out of it. Source Code was a chance to work on a bigger budget with name actors, but on a project that wasn’t my own. Hopefully, this third film will be the kind of sci-fi I want to make, on a budget where I can afford to do it as I see it in my head. After that, I’ll change genres.’

Intriguingly, Duncan mentions that he and his producer travelled to New Zealand to visit Peter Jackson’s WETA company and saw Andy Serkis complete some of his human motion capture magic for Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Another hint, perhaps?

‘I feel I would be privileged to get the chance to work with WETA so hopefully that will happen.’

But while we wait for more news of the coming project, may I suggest that you grab yourself a copy of Source Code this week. It’s also the perfect opportunity to try and spot those Duncan Jones Source Code secrets.

Unkle Rupert is currently on his well-deserved hols and I’m delighted and honoured to once again be holding the fort. I will endeavour to keep the place tidy and leave some milk in the fridge for his return.

Source Code Gets a Certificate and a Length

The British Board of Film Classification today published their verdict on Source Code and, in addition to learning that the film comprises 8389 feet of film, we also get to hear the certificate and the length. So here goes:

Source Code has been judged as a 12A due to its ‘one use of strong language and moderate threat’. It lasts a surprisingly brief 93 minutes (and 13 seconds) but no cuts have been made. This really makes it much, much closer.

Many thanks to Brendon of Bleeding Cool for the heads up!

Source Code Gets Some Attention


The approaching release of Source Code, synchronised across much of the globe for 1 April, has not escaped the notice of the March issues of the big film magazines. No fewer than six pages of Empire have been devoted to Source Code, including new images and interviews with Duncan Jones and original writer Ben Ripley, while Total Film features a few words from Jake Gyllenhaal.

What is particularly interesting about the Empire article is that it allows Duncan and Ben to talk about how the script of Source Code evolved, even through the shooting phase. What started off as a rather heavy tale of ‘a soldier returning home’ was lightened by Duncan and Jake, and by the other actors on the set, creating something more quirky with, what Duncan describes as ‘Hitchcock elements’.

While you might expect Ben Ripley to be disheartened by what one imagines to be quite drastic changes to his original script, it is heartening to hear from Ben that he found the whole experience ‘a delightful surprise’.

I was very nervous when I went to the set and when I watched the finished film that it would somehow be diluted. And there was certainly a lot of work done on the dialogue by other writers, or perhaps by Duncan and Jake in the moment. So that was different. But what I found very gratifying was the circumstances were the same. It was still my story – these were my characters, this was my situation…

Duncan’s focus on his actors, which Ben noticed on set, paid off:

They’re all incredibly talented actors and all come with their ideas… I can’t speak for other directors, but for myself, if you hire good actors: let them do it. If you’re hiring incredibly talented people to do their job, let them do it the way they think it needs to be done. I really believe that a director’s job is to get the best out of the people around him, not to impose his views on everyone.

The article also gives Duncan a chance to talk about how he first fell in love with making movies – being on the set of Labyrinth, running around the amazing goblin village. Source Code gave him the chance to play with a giant train set.

Being a kid in your own imagination is terrific.

Jake tells Total Film how Moon drew him to Duncan:

Yes, I was a huge fan. That was what made me want to work with him. He rightfully holds the badge of one of Britain’s new talents, because he is incredible.

Although, for Duncan, the difference between the two films is enormous:

It has been a seismic shift on how I would normally work, but I think I have adjusted… Source Code is very different than Moon.. It’s quite a bit different from a lot of films, to be honest, and I hope that when we are ready to show people, the patience will pay off.

Ready and waiting!

Aside from WDW: It is a delight to be able to post on MMM. Many thanks to the proprietor for his hospitality.