Duncan Jones is to direct Jake Gyllenhall in forthcoming Sci-Fi thriller ‘Source Code’
Screen Daily reports from the American Film Market festival:
Philippe Rousselet’s Vendome Pictures has announced its first project, teaming with Mark Gordon on the sci-fi thriller Source Code starring Jake Gyllenhaal. Summit International has already pre-sold rights to more than 15 territories at AFM.
Duncan Jones, fresh from his critically acclaimed low budget sci-fi Moon, will direct the story of a US soldier who wakes up in the body of an unknown commuter and is forced to live and relive a train bombing until he can find the perpetrator. Ben Ripley wrote the screenplay with revisions from Billy Ray.
Responding to questions regarding the progress on ‘Mute’, Duncan Tweeted:
For those asking, Mute still in the plans, just slightly delayed. It’s a hard sell.. whereas Source Code came with an offer hard to refuse.
Its a good step up in budget and ambition. I’m excited to work with Jake G too. Cool guy. I like him.
Response so far from those that have read the script is very positive, with our good friend @crazysphinx saying:
Don’t know which draft, but I read the script sometime ago. It’s really good. Can’t wait to see @manmademoon ‘s take on it 🙂
And Alex Billington at FirstShowing.net chipped in with:
Just found out Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) is directing Source Code with Jake Gyllenhaal – I’ve read the script, it’s frickin’ awesome!
Further details online in the Screen Daily article HERE
And more details on the history of the script so far from Brendon Connelly at /Film
Nice one Mr. Jones!
Moon Director Duncan Jones has been bowled over by the content of a letter written by Sci-Fi author Philip K Dick to the ‘Blade Runner‘ film production company in 1981.
It’s always interesting to discover what an author thinks of a movie adaptation of his work (in this case ‘Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep’), but PKD goes further than providing a simple critique of the Ridley Scott directed movie, he actually takes the opportunity to make a statement on the current (then) state of the Sci-Fi genre as a whole, and what Blade Runner has done to point the way out of a seemingly stale situation, at the same time remaining humble with regards his own role in one of the greatest movies of all time. Read the letter >>HERE<<
Distributing the link to the letter from his Twitter account Jones says:
“Anyone read that beautiful letter Philip K Dick wrote the production team of Blade Runner after he saw the first few shots? Amazing stuff!”
“in the long run, i think he has been right about even the business success of the film”
“He said BR wasnt sci-fi.. it was “Futurism!” Love it…”
“so much of that letter is even more relevant today”
“his comments on the staleness and inbreadness of sci-fi seem as relevant today as then though, dont you think?”
When asked by @davymac “Beautiful letter from PKD. Also, would you consider another ‘Futurism’ movie yourself?”
Jones responded “part of the reason i love that letter so much is that Mute kind of is.”
Enjoy the letter, and hopefully we will be hearing much more on ‘Mute’ in the near future.
Liberty Films have revealed the first details of what we hope will be Moon Director Duncan Jones’ next movie ‘Mute’.
First piece of concept art above features a street scene from a futuristic Berlin.
Who is the chap on the left? Who is the young lady he appears to be talking to? Who is the white shirted chap being escorted from the ‘Fremde’ (German word, translation Outsider / Alien / Strangers) nightclub into awaiting hover car? Hopefully we will know more soon….
Detailed interview with Mr.Jones about ‘Mute’ over on io9
Liberty Films Details ‘Mute’ status as in development.
Writer: Duncan Jones / Mike Johnson (Sherlock Holmes)
Producer: Stuart Fenegan
Project currently in pre-production and set to shoot in Berlin early 2010 with studio babelsberg