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Duncan Jones Teases Update on ‘Mute’ Graphic Novel

Liberty Films MUTE Concept Art by Gavin Rothery
Liberty Films MUTE Concept Art by Gavin Rothery

MOON / Source Code Director Duncan Jones announced last year that after difficulties with acquiring funding for MUTE, the previously planned follow up to MOON, that he would be going ahead with a graphic novel version of his love letter to Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner. Talking to James Wallace over at Gordon & The Whale in March 2011, Duncan said:

“…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.”

It seems work has continued since then and Duncan teased on Twitter recently:

Twitter - Duncan Jones Teases Mute Art Work?

And it seems it’s not just artwork that has him excited, as last night he let everyone know how he feels about the process of transferring a script to graphic novel format:

Twitter - Duncan Jones on Converting Film Script to Graphic Novel

Is the artwork for the Mute graphic novel? Is the script conversion to the graphic novel format for Mute also? Everything would seem to point to that being the case, but as usual Duncan is playing his cards close to his chest, although recent tweets suggest Poker may not be his strong point.

Twitter - Duncan Jones Poker Master?

Whatever the answer, it’s certainly a busy and creative time for Duncan and his producer Stuart Fenegan over in L A as they also recently announced their involvement in the upcoming biopic of James Bond creator Ian Fleming, and we also know there is another Sci-Fi feature in the works as well. Let’s hope the financing is not dependant upon Duncan’s skills in the casinos of Las Vegas though, eh? 😉

For more details on Mute, have a read of this io9 interview on that very subject from June 2009.

MUTE To Become A Graphic Novel

Liberty Films MUTE Concept Art by Gavin Rothery
Liberty Films MUTE Concept Art by Gavin Rothery

James Wallace over at Gordon & The Whale sat down with Duncan Jones today at the beginning of the press tour for ‘Source Code’ where Duncan revealed some exclusive details about what the future holds.

The MOON and ‘Source Code‘ Director is currently completing a treatment for his third feature, and revealed that it will not be MUTE, the long anticipated Jones penned follow up to MOON. In fact, Duncan confirmed Mute will be produced as a graphic novel!

Not MUTE, no. 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.

Personally, as much as I’d love to see MUTE on the big screen, I also love the idea of a graphic novel, or even a motion comic, was very impressed recently with the Watchmen motion comic, retaining the art of the graphic novel format, adding minor animation and audio narrative, done in the right way (i.e. using female voice actors for female characters), could be an even better tool to attract investment for a full on feature production.

Duncan also revealed further details about the prospective third feature, so if you want to find out more, head over to Gordon and The Whale now!