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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.

Duncan Jones Teases New Non Sci-Fi Project

As you will know if you follow Duncan Jones on Twitter, he is rather active and chatty most of the time, but rarely really lets us know exactly what it is that he is up to since Source Code last year. Just lately however he has confirmed that his self penned script for film number three has passed through his rigorous draft and reading process (Duncan has a small group of trusted readers that provide feedback which may lead to updates to the current draft) and has now gone on to the powers that be to check there’s enough in the piggy bank for a new Duncan Jones Sci-Fi that may feature a significantly larger world & cast than his previous feature films MOON (2009) & Source Code (2011).

As well as film number three, we also know that a graphic novel for another Duncan Jones original Sci-Fi tale ‘Mute’ is also on the cards, so that’s two new projects to look forward to, could that be it for now? No, there is another.

Teased by Duncan himself on Twitter this morning (L A time at least) is this…

Duncan Jones New Project?

If I was a betting man, I’d stick with my previous guess at a Western, but I guess we’ll just have to keep following the odd tease and clues over on Duncan’s Twitter feed to find out more.

What would you like to see after ‘Film 3’ (of which we know little) from Duncan? Let us know in the comments below.

New Beverly Q&A with Duncan Jones Sam Rockwell & Stuart Fenegan

MOON & Source Code Double Bill at the New Beverly, Los Angeles, CADuncan Jones presented a MOON & Source Code double bill at the New Beverley Cinema, Los Angeles on the 18th & 19th of November, featuring an introduction of each film, and a Q&A with Duncan and his producer Stuart Fenegan, hosted by Julia Marchese. What the audience on the 18th were not aware of, was the surprise appearance of Sam Bell himself, Sam Rockwell.

For those of us unable to attend, I found a few snippets of the Q&A, and was putting together a post for you to get a flavour of the event. Then I found this…

Some fantastic insight into the process of making MOON there, and also some hints towards where Duncan & Stuart are heading with what sounds like a Sci-Fi trilogy of ‘Mute’ ‘MOON’ and ‘…’ (that’s the last title we managed to get out of Duncan for film three)

And to top it all off, and maintain the British connection, there’s a nice portion of Edgar Wright at the end presenting Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.

Fantastic work there by Random Dreamer Studios 🙂

As you may have caught Duncan mention there in the Q&A, Julia at the New Beverly is supporting a campaign to fight for the survival of 35mm film projection in cinemas, please take a moment to read Julia’s post, and sign the petition here.

Duncan Jones – Retro Gamer

Duncan Jones - Retro GamerDuncan recently gave an exclusive interview with UK magazine Retro Gamer’s Jerry Bonner on the subject of his passion for video games. Being an avid, long time gamer, and having worked in the industry, Duncan has plenty of experience to fall back on when it comes to being grilled on his gaming credentials… Continue reading Duncan Jones – Retro Gamer

Duncan Jones Feels A New Movie Coming On

SOURCE CODE continues it’s journey around the theatres of the world, appearing just last week as the top new entry in the Netherlands box office chart, and opening this week in Denmark & South Africa, pushing past the already fantastic $100 Million in worldwide Box Office takings (now at around $112 million).

Duncan Jones Setting His Sights On George Clooney

Meanwhile, back in LA, it seems Director Duncan Jones is already hard at work on film number three, and has just announced things are moving along nicely, last night on the Twitter:

“Lots of fun today! Met with a few special effects companies and some very talented concept artists. I feel a movie coming on! 😉

Still a long way to go, but very happy so far. :)” Continue reading Duncan Jones Feels A New Movie Coming On

Duncan Jones Continues To Grow With Source Code

Before I get into the details of Duncan Jones’ sophomore opus, Source Code, I must relate to you the circumstances in which the movie was experienced.

*It all started yesterday afternoon, as I was sitting on a bench outside the Austin Convention Center, soaking up some sun before the madness began. There were canvassers walking around, handing out some nifty Source Code hats and t-shirts, which we may have available for you here.


Source Code Swag

I tweeted out a picture and next thing I knew, I was getting special access to the pre-premiere media party, hosted by Nokia and Summit Entertainment. There I got to meet Jones and his spectacular and incredibly artistic girlfriend Rodene Ronquillo and both were incredibly friendly and welcoming. I’m so very grateful for the opportunity to have met them.

Leaving the party, I donned my Selk’Bag (from Moon infamy) and entered the premiere to curious looks and many a picture from the odd filmgoer.

Ryan Boulding Selk Suit @ Source Code Premiere SXSW 2011

Not wanting to miss the film, I first made my way to the loo. Upon stepping up to the urinal I had a conversation that went something like this:
Man (with British accent): This isn’t a conversation that I usually have at a urinal but wow, I can’t believe you’re wearing a Selk’Bag! Nice.
Me: I can’t believe that you know what it is.
Man: I should, I produced Moon.
Me: Well then, I’m going to wash my hands and then shake yours.
Stuart Fenegan: (Laughs).
Random Other Guy: (Laughs).
Me: And there’s that awkward silence. *

So needless to say, it was a fun, light environment in the sold out Paramount Theatre when the film got rolling, even after Jones called me out in the audience as being from Lunar Industries. Having screened Moon in Austin a few years back, Jones seemed to have developed quite a fan following, as the opening credit cheers reached its pinnacle during his name.

As for the film itself, it’s safe to say that Jones continues to establish his dominance as an auteur in an industry that can so easily be degraded into merely a play for profits. Having been given a more studio equivalent budget, Jones knows how to make the money and the talent work for him.

Brought on the project by Gyllenhaal, the two have quickly developed a rapport that will likely spill into cinema in the future and Jones had no problem getting the fantastic actor to open himself up to such a quirky and yet complex character. Gyllenhaal is quickly working his way into the supreme echelon of acting and certainly breathes refreshing life into a film that could be easily, and unfairly, categorized as another action film – which it certainly is not.

Bolstered by fantastic acting from Vera Farmiga, Michelle Monaghan, and Jeffrey Wright, the film itself is tense, claustrophobic, emotional, and based upon the inherent fear and anxiety that many Americans in urban areas have been experiencing in a post 9/11 landscape. Terrorism is the premise behind the story, but it is merely one of a few well executed plot lines, which proves Jones’ growth as a director.

While Moon was largely focused around a single plot line and it’s progression, Source Code expertly intertwines multiple threads, bringing them all to a head without missing a beat. Jones uses close-ups and tight angles to exacerbate the tension of the film while simultaneously infusing a plethora of humor to defuse and yet enhance the drama of the situation.

Creating an excellent Sci-Fi film that can appease both mainstream audiences and technological and quantum mechanics enthusiasts alike is a feat in itself, and Source Code proves that Jones’ filmmaking prowess, knack for telling beautiful stories, and eye for working a budget will firmly establish Jones amongst the must see directors in the medium today.

The man has longevity in film and will soon be bankable as an excellent media push by Summit Entertainment, including an interactive game, will have people flocking to see this superb movie. Where Sony failed with Moon, Summit will succeed with Source Code and I fully expect to see the name Duncan Jones attached to many a film in the near future.

Certainly get yourself to a cinema when Source Code hits and support an excellent film and a soon-to-be prolific director. The more money this endeavor makes, the more work Jones will get. We all want to see Mute become a reality and we all need to help to make it happen.

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!

Mute: Fan Made Teaser Poster

Some incredibly talented people out there, including Lloyd Stas, who has produced this very nice, unofficial teaser poster for Duncan Jones ‘Mute

Mute by Lloyd Stas‘Mute’ status is currently in development, and is one of a number of potential next projects for Duncan after his next feature release ‘Source Code

Check out the rest of Lloyd’s Flickr photostream as well, good stuff 🙂

MOON At The BFI with Duncan Jones & Gavin Rothery PT 2

Welcome to part two of our exclusive interview with MOON Director Duncan Jones, and Concept Artist/VFX Supervisor Gavin Rothery from the August 2010 screening of MOON at the BFI Southbank, London.

Ben Mortimer chats to Duncan about his upcoming 2nd feature ‘Source Code‘, the status of MOON follow up ‘Mute‘, other projects that Duncan has been linked with since the success of MOON (including, as revealed previously, Judge Dredd)

Love how happy they all get at the mention of the Trigan Empire 🙂

Ben also gets an update from Gav on where his career is taking him since the success of MOON. Apologies for the delay in getting this up, but hope that you enjoy enough to forgive us.

Thanks to Ben and James for getting down to BFI at such short notice, and of course to Duncan & Gavin for being so generous with their time.

Part 1 where the chaps talk about the beginnings of MOON can be seen here.

If all that tickles your fancy, please make sure you pop over to Gav’s fantastic portfolio site, and his revealing behind the scenes MOON blog ‘They Never Went To The Moon

And don’t forget to check out Ben and Cuffy’s sites.

Interview: Ben Mortimer
Filmed, edited and produced by James Cuff

The Future for Oddball Jones – No Escaping from the Deep

Escape From The Deep - Alex KershawWhatever the future holds for Duncan Jones after ‘Source Code‘, it is certainly not going to be at the helm of the movie adaptation of Alex Kershaw’s book ‘Escape From The Deep

Confirmed on twitter in conversation with Collider writer, Jake Lasker, Duncan confirmed that he will not be Directing “..the sub movie” after Jake enquired dying to hear about Mute…when will we get info? Or is the sub movie next?” to which Duncan repliednot on the sub movie anymore, but trying hard to get one of two things made next. Mute is one of those 2

Now we are all obviously interested in news on any developments with ‘Mute‘ being the next anticipated original material from Mr.Jones, being described in the past as his love letter to Ridley Scott’s adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s ‘Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep’, ‘Blade Runner‘.

Set in the same fictional universe as Jones’ 2009 debut feature ‘MOON‘ and also set to feature a cameo by Sam Rockwell, returning as Sam Bell to offer maybe a small epilogue to his story in ‘MOON’. But now we also have a new, mystery movie added to the mix as well, with not a hint of what it might be…

Anyway, before we get carried away with what might be, we definitely have ‘Source Code‘ to look forward to. As announced recently, ‘Source Code‘ will open, and receive it’s world premier, at the 2011 SXSW South By Southeast Film Conference and Festival in Austin, Texas.

The question is, what is an up and coming Director to wear? What kind of entrance to make to maximise the publicity opportunities? Piecing together the clues (reading Duncan’s tweets) I believe we can look forward to the first, public appearance of Oddball Jones, rolling up to the ‘Source Code’ Premier in a Sherman, baby 😉

Duncan Jones is...Oddball Jones