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Paul Rudd & Alexander Skarsgard To Star In Duncan Jones’ Sci-Fi Thriller “MUTE”

MUTE Script Pic Tweeted By Duncan Jones

Duncan teased news on MUTE yesterday and now we have the official announcement of not only confirmation that MUTE is happening, but amazing casting too! Scan to the bottom of the release and you’ll notice it also confirms Duncan will be working again with Clint Mansell and Sam Rockwell who may reprise his role as Sam Bell from MOON, hurrah!

LOS ANGELES (November 3, 2015) – Paul Rudd (ANT-MAN) will be joined by Alexander Skarsgard (TARZAN,TRUE BLOOD) in the title role, for the sci-fi thriller MUTE, which will be directed by BAFTA-winning director Duncan Jones (WARCRAFT, SOURCE CODE, MOON).

MUTE is based on a script by Jones and Mike Johnson and will be produced by Stuart Fenegan under Jones’ and Fenegan’s Liberty Films banner. Lotus Entertainment has come on board to handle international sales starting at the upcoming AFM. CAA who arranged for the financing is handling the domestic sale. Production is scheduled to start in March 2016. Lotus’ Bill Johnson, Jim Seibel, and Ara Keshishian will serve as executive producers.

Berlin. Forty years from today. A roiling city of immigrants, where East crashes against West in a science-fiction Casablanca. Leo Beiler (Skarsgard), a mute bartender has one reason and one reason only for living here, and she’s disappeared. But when Leo’s search takes him deeper into the city’s underbelly, an odd pair of American surgeons (led by Rudd) seem to be the only recurring clue, and Leo can’t tell if they can help, or who he should fear most.

Director Duncan Jones said: “I’ve been working towards making MUTE for 12 years now. I cannot tell you how thrilled I am that we’re finally going to shoot this utterly unique film. The fact that I get to make it with Alexander Skarsgard and Paul Rudd makes it all the more exciting! MUTE is a film that will last. It is unlike any other science fiction being made today.”

Lotus Entertainment’s Jim Seibel said: “We’re very excited to work with Duncan and Stuart. They are an immensely talented team that will surely deliver an exciting and cinematic film. Director Duncan Jones is a true visionary filmmaker and the real deal. It’s his caliber of talent that makes storytelling both visually exciting and captivating.”

Producer Stuart Fenegan said: “Bill, Jim and Ara share the same passion I do for building another vision of the future with Duncan. I look forward to going on this journey with them, and also reuniting with Sam Rockwell and composer Clint Mansell… can’t do sci-fi without Sam and Clint!”

MUTE News This Week? “ZOLTAR HAS SPOKEN”

While we await the big news on WARCRAFT from BlizzCon 2015 this coming Saturday (trailer maybe? Huh? Maybe?) We may also soon be getting news on another Duncan Jones project, MUTE.

There are a few clues, Duncan’s response to a question on that very subject this afternoon from @HazelMaysDays

That coupled with the fact that Duncan has recently returned from a location scouting trip to Berlin (MUTE is planned to be set in a future Berlin) and this mysterious and rare tweet from Duncan’s producer partner at Liberty Films Stuart Fenegan yesterday

As usual, the best place to hear the latest on WARCRAFT, MUTE and any other projects Duncan and the gang are working on is by following Duncan over on Twitter where you’ll find him as @ManMadeMoon

 

WARCRAFT Gets Release Date

World Of Warcraft

The official World Of Warcraft twitter account have just confirmed the release date for Legendary Pictures WARCRAFT film directed by Duncan Jones.

World Of Warcraft Confirm WARCRAFT Release Date

Filming will begin in January 2014, currently rumoured to be taking place in Canada although there is not official confirmation of this yet. As soon as there are further details on location and casting (of which there have been quite a few rumours of in the last week or so) we’ll let you know. In the meantime, you now know how long you have to gather materials and craft your opening night costumes 😉

UPDATE: Official announcement from Legendary Pictures

From Legendary’s Facebook page:

Legendary Pictures’ WARCRAFT, based upon Blizzard Entertainment’s globally-renowned universe, will be released by Universal Pictures on Friday, December 18, 2015. WARCRAFT marks the first film dated under the recently formed partnership between Universal and Legendary.

The film, an epic adventure of world-colliding conflict, will be directed by Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code) and is written by Charles Leavitt and Duncan Jones. The producers are Charles Roven and Alex Gartner for Atlas Entertainment and Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni for Legendary. Stuart Fenegan, Jillian Share and Brent O’Connor will serve as executive producers. Blizzard’s Chris Metzen will co-produce.”

As well further confirmation of release date, another point to note there “…written by Charles Leavitt and Duncan Jones” Which is nice 🙂

UPDATE: Release date now pushed back to March 11th 2016.

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 To Bring The Life Of James Bond Creator Ian Fleming To The Big Screen

Ian Fleming: The Man Behind James Bond by Andrew Lycett

We’ve all been getting pretty excited over here recently with hints dropped on Duncan’s Twitter feed about future projects, but no one had any idea that Duncan and his producing partner Stuart Fenegan have been working away on something totally unexpected, but totally fantastic.

We are now very pleased to announce that Duncan will be bringing the amazing life of James Bond creator Ian Fleming to life in a new feature film going into production later this year. Read on, for the full press release 🙂 … Continue reading Duncan Jones To Bring The Life Of James Bond Creator Ian Fleming To The Big Screen

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 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).
(pause)(silence)
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.

Exclusive: Duncan Jones on MOON, Source Code & Judge Dredd

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

MOON and Source Code Director Duncan Jones took time out of his busy schedule to do a little e-mail interview for us last night. There is still a large amount of interest in MOON, and anticipation for Duncan’s next film Source Code, with Jake Gyllenhaal. Hopefully we asked the right questions, and got the answers some of you may have been looking for…

Continue reading Exclusive: Duncan Jones on MOON, Source Code & Judge Dredd

‘MOON’ Props & Costumes Auction

The Prop Store of London will be holding an auction of ‘MOON’ gear starting Monday 9th November 2009 at 16:00 GMT.

The Prop Store is proud to present an exclusive collection of props, costumes and model miniatures from Duncan Jones’ Sci-Fi masterpiece ‘MOON’.

Each item will come complete with a special MOON COA which is signed by Director Duncan Jones, Producer Stuart Fenegan & Stephen Lane, CEO of Prop Store.

Further details over at the >> Prop Store MOON auction launch page <<

The auctions will be held on Ebay.co.uk and run out of The Prop Store UK facility.

There will only be a limited number of pieces – but there is some great stuff.

  • Model miniature Moon Rover vehicles x2 built by Bill Pearson.
  • Sam Rockwell’s jumpsuit 1 Only!
  • GERTY the Robot 1 Only! (of course there is only one GERTY)

As well as original artwork, blueprints, hand props, other model miniatures and gadgets.

All in all only about 70 items.

10 items will be listed per day starting November the 9th at 4pm GMT and each auction will run for 7 days. Each auction starts at just 99p (!) with no reserve!

Yes, you read that right, the real GERTY will be in the auction, responding to questions on twitter on how he could even think of letting GERTY leave, ‘MOON’ Director Duncan Jones stated:

i cant afford to keep him! He eats nothing but fillet mignon and caviar!

Bookmark the E-Bay page ready to start your bidding HERE

And just to wet yer “Whistle” here is a small gallery:

MOON Producer Stuart Fenegan in Variety’s 10 To Watch

Stuart Fenegan, Duncan Jones’ Producer partner at Liberty Films, has been selected by weekly US entertainment-trade magazine Variety as one of their 10 Producers to watch.

Duncan was reluctant to say much about stuart:

“I would rather not say too much about just how good Stuart is at his job, as good producers are like gold dust, and he’s mine! Hands off!”

Stuart himself commenting on the piece in Variety says:

“I’m a producer who works with the writer and director all the way from the kernel of an idea to the final edit.”

“I love helping talented people with a vision bring that out onto the page and onto the screen. And I like doing deals. My byword as a producer is ‘mutually beneficial.’ I don’t want any party to feel exploited.”

Full article available over on Variety