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What Next For Duncan Jones?… Not Star Trek 3

Duncan Jones - Photo by Rodene Ronquillo 2010
Duncan Jones – Photo by Rodene Ronquillo 2010

Deadline posted an exclusive last night on a list of five potential directors for Star Trek 3 after the recent departure of Roberto Orci.

One of those names, unsurprisingly, was our own Duncan Jones. Duncan moved quickly to pass on the opportunity however and confirmed on Twitter last night:-

One of these projects remains a mystery for now, the other we know will be MUTE which is also being adapted as a graphic novel featuring incredible artwork by  Glenn Fabry, Duncan provided an update on that last night too:-

As for getting MUTE in front of a camera, it’s something Duncan has been working towards for quite a while (over 10 years). Something he has often joked about being his Don Quixote comparing it to the long drawn out journey Terry Gilliam has been on trying to get his version of Cervantes’ classic novel The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha made, an experience painfully captured in the documentary of the failed attempt to film it, Lost In La Mancha.

While we wait for more news on exactly what Duncan will be up to next, work continues on WARCRAFT post production getting it ready for release March 16th 2016.

 

Signed MOON Poster Auction for Rodene Jones’ Tower Cancer Foundation Chartity

Duncan & Rodene JonesMany of you will be aware of Rodene’s cancer diagnoses in 2011 and her subsequent fight to become free of this disease that affects so many of us and those we love. Having bravely battled the foul beast over the last few years Rodene continues to campaign for awareness of early diagnoses through encouraging all to “Touch Up Your Loved Ones”, if it weren’t for Duncan doing just that they may never have discovered Rodene needed to get checked ASAP in the first place. Continue reading

Duncan Jones To Attend BlizzCon 2014 For One Hour Warcraft Movie Presentation

BlizzCon 2013The posting of Blizzard Entertainment’s schedule for BlizzCon 2014 reveals WARCRAFT Director Duncan Jones will be attending the convention to take part in a one hour presentation along with Blizzard’s Chris Metzen (Senior Vice President of Story and Franchise Development).

Taking place on Friday 7th November 14:15 – 15:15 the schedule teases:

Please join the Warcraft movie director, Duncan Jones, along side Blizzard’s Chris Metzen as the give attendees and viewers at home an exclusive presentation packed with surprises.

The event is a celebration of Blizzard Entertainment‘s gaming goodness featuring World of Warcraft, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, Diablo & StarCraft, and takes place over two days at the Anaheim Convention Center.

WARCRAFT Movie LogoFilming completed earlier this year on 23rd of May so the gang are well into post production and were even able to offer an exclusive glimpse of WARCRAFT to attendees of San Diego Comic-Con back in July. That footage is still tightly under wraps but you can read a description of what was screened over on JoBlo. So will the teased surprises include new footage that the rest of us will get to see? We’ll have to wait and see what occurs on the 7th November…

If you’re unable to attend BlizzCon 2014 and want to get all the info on World of Warcraft, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, Diablo & StarCraft as well as that one hour WARCRAFT movie panel with Chris Metzen & Duncan Jones, you can pick up a virtual ticket and watch over 60 hours of convention footage streamed live to your desktop.

WARCRAFT is scheduled for release March 11th 2016.

MOON Features In The Hope Lies’ Programme For ‘Days Of Fear And Wonder’

MOON - Norwegian Poster by Haakan HosethOver 200 locations across the UK will be presenting over 1000 screenings of classic Sci-Fi films and television programmes from October to December as part of the BFI’s celebration Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder

As part of the celebration our friends over at Hope Lies have created three very different strands of programming for independent arts centre QUAD in Derby, and they have selected MOON!

“We recently revealed that we’d been commissioned to curate a strand of programming for the British Film Institute’s Days Of Fear And Wonder, their ambitious science-fiction oriented programme that dominates much of the final quarter of 2014. Today we announce our full plans.

Our programme is for the Quad in Derby, an independent cinema complex. Over the course of three months we will be screening three strands of Science-Fiction films, with each strand focussing on something different.”

MOON features in the first strand, European Invasion!, along with Jean-Luc Godard’s Alphaville and Elio Petri’s The 10th Victim.

MOON screens on Tuesday, 14th October at 18:30, tickets available now from QUAD.

Further details over on Hope Lies

MOON poster featured above was the Norwegian theatrical release poster by Haakon Hoseth.

Dark Bunny Tees - Wake Me When Its Quitting Time - MOON

Dark Bunny Tees Add MOON Inspired Shirt To Ltd Collection

Some of you may already be familiar with Dark Bunny Tees. A creator of high quality and unique ltd edition Film & TV inspired T-Shirts for just over five years now (about the same amount of time we’ve been popping stuff up on here too, spooky). He even produced one for Duncan Jones’ favourite film ‘The Salute of the Jugger‘ (or ‘The Blood of Heroes’) As you can see modeled by these two Jugheads (Alex Chenery & Duncan Jones).

Salute of the Jugheads - Alex Chenery & Duncan JonesWell, Alex over at Dark Bunny Tees has been in touch to let us know he’s finally created something inspired by MOON (having been a big fan since cinematic release in 2009). The classic Wake Me When It’s Quitting Time T-Shirt worn by Sam Bell at the beginning of MOON…

Sam Bell MOON Treadmill…and, kind of towards the end too (if you know, you know. If you don’t I won’t spoil it. Go watch it and see.)

The T-shirt is 100% preshrunk cotton and even comes vacuum packed for added authenticity (again, you’ll know why if you’ve seen MOON).

MOON - Wake Me Up When It's Quitting Time - Dark Bunny TeesYou can get yours now over on Dark Bunny Tees and as a special offer to you lot, Alex is offering a 15% discount off anything on the site until the end of Wednesday 24th September if you use discount code I-AM-SAM-BELL at checkout*

Thanks, Alex :)

*the bit where we say “not to be used in conjunction with any other offer.”

 

SDCC14 Panel With WARCRAFT Director Duncan Jones

Although we didn’t get too much detail from Duncan on the specifics of the film itself, Duncan did make it clear we are in for something big with WARCRAFT. This is a film drawing on nearly 20 years of lore from the WARCRAFT universe from the original RTS (real time strategy) ‘Warcraft: Orcs & Humans’ released on the 23rd November 1994 up to the present day World Of Warcraft MMO RPG (massively multiplayer online role playing game) which has millions of players worldwide and is itself about to celebrate 10 years online.

It’s a world millions are familiar with, a world millions have grown up with. It’s also a world that may be unfamiliar to many millions more, one that Duncan and the gang are working hard to bring to both audiences.

“There’s an awful lot to draw on from Warcraft and there’s a lot of films which want to make origin stories but I think in this case it really merits an origin story. We want to show how the world of Azeroth falls into conflict between Orcs and Humans.

We do want to make sure it’s a film that’s accessible to everyone”

Speaking about the technical challenges and the size of the world being created for WARCRAFT, Duncan said:

“Our film doesn’t come out until March of 2016, so that’s a ways away. That’s because it is such a technical challenge, we were trying to really do the set building and world building that was done on a film like Lord of the Rings and at the same time bring in the technology that was in Avatar and it really is like trying to make those two movies at the same time. It’s a big project and I think it deserves it and hopefully the final results will speak for themselves.”

With that, much like last years mood piece, the rotten beasts then went on to show some early footage from WARCRAFT that we don’t get to see (Grrrr). There were some kind souls though that did go on to at least describe it, so head over to io9 for that :)

WARCRAFT stars Ben Foster, Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Toby Kebbell, Rob Kazinsky, Dominic Cooper, Daniel Wu and Clancy Brown.
Script: Charles Leavitt (Screenplay), Duncan Jones (Screenplay), Chris Metzen (Story and characters).
Release date: March 11th 2016
WARCRAFT Logo Display at Legendary - SDCC2014

SDCC2014 Begins To Reveal It’s WARCRAFT Secrets

San Diego Comic-Con 2014 kicks off today, but last night was preview night and WARCRAFT related images have begun to hit Twitter from those in attendance.

First of all is the reveal of the WARCRAFT logo by Legendary.

WARCRAFT Movie Logo

Legendary also have props on display representing the humans…


…and the Orcs



With Duncan Jones set to make an appearance on Saturday 26th too for a signing session & Legendary having a large presence at the event, hopefully these may be the first of many WARCRAFT updates during SDCC2014.

Featured image at the top there of the Legendary display also by Ethan Anderton

WARCRAFT And Duncan Jones Return To Comic-Con

Following last years surprise appearance at San Diego Comic-Con, Duncan Jones is set to return to the event with WARCRAFT this coming Saturday 26th where those lucky enough to be attending will get the chance to meet Duncan at a signing event as detailed by Legendary on their Twitter account:-


As anticipation builds towards the release of WARCRAFT in March 2016, this event could prove quite popular, so best get in quick as advised again by Legendary:-


No word yet on what costume Duncan will be wearing to sneak in with, last year it was as a Mexican Luchador.

Duncan Jones Sneaks Into SDCC2013 As A Luchador

There’s also no word on whether we may see anything from WARCRAFT itself. We’ve still not seen the teaser / mood piece that was shown at SDCC2013 so maybe (hopefully) there are more surprises to come…

PS – Yes, we’ve all been rather worried about the fact that the new photo of Duncan shows he has rather unfortunately got something stuck in his eye. Screenwriter Gary Whitta organising a collection if you’d like to help.


DNA Themed MOON Poster By @3ftDeep

Five years since release and the alternative MOON posters are still appearing. This time we got one from @3ftDeep over on Twitter featuring a DNA theme that’s seems a nice fit with this SOURCE CODE one from Daniel Norris.

MOON by Gary @3ftDeep

As always, further detail from the artist himself:

“I love films. I especially love films like MOON, a wonderfully compact story skillfully & minimally told. It reminds me of the short stories of Philip K Dick or Ray Bradbury.

No huge battle scenes or massive apocalyptical special effects (not that I mind either of these) but something more akin to Silent Running, a credit to the few actors, limited locations & of course superb direction.

I find I can always find creative inspiration from these kind of movies, especially with the films that stick with me, as MOON has.

I’ve wanted to do my take on a MOON poster since first seeing it a few years ago. This idea has been in the back of my mind since then (I have a very full ‘in progress’ folder on my computer!) but never seem to find the time. I’m a freelance graphic designer by trade & my alternative movies posters are done when I’m able to squeeze them in or when I need to take a break from the daily grind, to be purely creative for my own sanity.

The idea behind this poster was, first and foremost, to produce something graphically interesting enough to make you want to watch the film if you hadn’t seen it, without giving anything away but to also give further meaning once you have. I hope this is what I’ve achieved and, if you have seen it, understand what I was trying to convey.”

If you’d like to see more of 3ftDeep’s poster work, head over to his Deviantart page or his Facebook page.

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Win A Poster Signed By Duncan Jones To Celebrate MOON’s 5th Birthday

Today we are celebrating the 5th Birthday of Duncan Jones’ MOON.

Duncan Jones' MOON - Poster from Dark Horse

Released in the UK on Friday 17th July 2009 MOON has gone on to become a huge critical success both here in the UK and abroad winning many awards beginning with the Michael Powell Award for Best New British Feature Film at the 63rd Edinburgh International Film Festival where it also received it’s UK premiere on the 28th June 2009. Among the many awards there was also of course Duncan’s BAFTA Award for Outstanding Debut by a British Director which led to this rather emotional acceptance speech.

Among sci-fi fans MOON has also gone on to become something of a cult classic joining the ranks of those that inspired it in the first place. Films such as Silent Running, Outland, Alien and 2001: A Space Odyssey. MOON was even compared to 2001 by some bloke called Terry Gilliam in Little White Lies (issue 34, p40-41)

“I think MOON is a really brilliant example of contemporary sci-fi because it has a message; it has strong visuals but it also has a proper science fiction core. It’s the closest thing to a modern-day 2001 I have seen”

We know you all love MOON too, that’s one of the reasons why we are here writing this now. The support for MOON since release from you lot has been one of the biggest reasons for it’s continued success on DVD / Blu-Ray and cinema screenings that have continued since release. To celebrate MOON’s 5th Birthday Duncan Jones has sent us some rather lovely signed MOON posters to give away to a few lucky fans. You may recall these became available back in November 2012 when the limited signed run sold out very quickly. Well, we have three to give away, and three different ways to win one

TWITTER

Duncan joined Twitter when we were all just figuring out how it all worked to help promote MOON as it approached release in 2009. So for all you lot that got on board then and since simply retweet this and we will choose one winner at 00:01 GMT on Sunday 20th July who will receive a MOON poster signed by Duncan Jones.

FACEBOOK

Not everyone uses Twitter, we have a great gang over on our Facebook page too, so for you lot please head over and like & share this post to be in with a chance of winning. Again, we will choose one winner at 00:01 GMT on Sunday 20th July who will receive a MOON poster signed by Duncan Jones.

PHOTO COMP :)

Those of you that have been around since those early Twitter days back in 2009 may recall Duncan held a series of competitions in the run up to the release of MOON. One of these produced some marvelous results, so we’re going to repeat it for another chance to win a signed MOON poster.

Re-create a sci-fi moment from film or television, take a photo and email:

To: unklerupert@manmademovies.co.uk

Subject line: Happy 5th Birthday MOON

If you’re on Twitter you can tweet it over to @ManMadeMovies using the hashtag #Happy5thBirthdayMOON. We’ll give you a bit longer for this one to ensure we get the good stuff ;) We will choose one winner who will receive a MOON poster signed by Duncan Jones at 00:01 GMT on Sunday 27th July.

Entry open to all on Earth and any beyond, should they wish to establish contact with humanity through an online competition.

Thanks to everyone that has supported MOON and Duncan over the last 5 years through MOON, SOURCE CODE and the upcoming WARCRAFT. We look forward to continuing to bring you news and all that over years to come. Good luck! :)