Film - Mute

It's taken many many years and a lot of belief to get here but finally, thanks to Netflix, Duncan Jones' film Mute comes to our screens on 23rd February...

Berlin. Forty years from today. A roiling city of immigrants, where East crashes against West in a science-fiction Casablanca.

Leo Beiler (Alexander 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 (Paul Rudd and Justin Theroux) seem to be the only recurring clue, and Leo can’t tell if they can help, or who he should fear most...

And it really has been a long time coming. According to Duncan Jones' Twitter account yesterday, the first draft of the film was written way back in 2003...

He then went on to explain more about the life of what was going to be his first film. For a start it got Moon written, thanks to Sam Rockwell...

Then Mute was going to be a graphic novel instead of a film but that never quite happened

And he even hinted at a future sequel - the third film in the Moon/Mute trilogy?! (even with the typo it's exciting)

But back to the present-ish,  and talking about the concept when filming finally started, back in 2016, director Duncan Jones said “Mute is an encapsulation of everything I am fascinated by; noir, science fiction, and unique people in trouble because of who and what they are. I’m delighted to be able to return to Berlin for the shoot, a place I lived for a period of time growing up, and I’m excited to be working with Netflix on a film that is so close to my heart.”

Producer Stuart Fenegan and Liberty Films have been on board since the very start of the project, saying “Duncan handed me a version of Mute at our very first meeting together 13 years ago [from 2016] and I have wanted to bring it to life ever since. We just had to make Moon, Source Code and Warcraft in between, and in that time Netflix has become the place for original films. The perfect home for Mute.”

Billed as "a spiritual successor to Moon" and sharing the same composer Clint Mansell, as well as a rumoured epilogue for the character Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell), Duncan Jones says he "Got there in the end!"

We'll drink to that!

Images - Liberty Films/Netflix

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