Way back when we were interviewing Duncan Jones for Source Code we talked to him about his plans to continue in the sci-fi genre. Moon had won the director a BAFTA and Source Code was garnering great reviews, though Warcraft was a way off at this point, the rumoured follow-up at that time was known only by the name Mute.

In this interview Jones talks of his ‘long-term strategy’ to be able to make the sci-fi film he wanted. When the director spoke of his career aspirations he talked on The Coen Brothers and Tarantino and their ability to not only write their own material, but also to get a budget that would do the story justice.

It seems that following the commercial success of Warcraft Duncan Jones is now returning to the world of Moon (literally, it seems, as the films are said to be connected in this new Mooniverse) with filming set to commence on Mute, his long-awaited sci-fi film next week.

The bio for the film’s twitter account (which, obviously, is worth a follow) @MUTE_Film gives us this:

Berlin. Forty years from today. A roiling city of immigrants, where East crashes against West in a sci-fi Casablanca. Written & Directed by@ManMadeMoon

This tallies up with the synopsis which has been floating around for some time,

‘Berlin. Forty years from today. A roiling city of immigrants, where East crashes against West in a science-fiction Casablanca. Leo Beiler, 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 seem to be the only recurring clue, and Leo can’t tell if they can help, or who he should fear most.’

Alexander Skarsgard and Paul Rudd have been cast as Leo and one of the Surgeons respectively and hopes could not be higher for the beloved director as he takes his next step towards filming his pet project.


And as a neat little bonus (with huge thanks to ManMadeMovies) you can listen to the wonderful medieval inspired version of The One and Only, yelped out enthusiastically by Mr. Chesney Hawkes for Warcraft. The Blu-ray should have the version included in the film, sadly the full song was left on the cutting room floor.

Here’s hoping we have a troupe of futuristic policeman on the streets of the neon-noir street of a future Berlin in Mute. Clint Mansell is on board for Mute, so anything’s possible…