Duncan Jones Looks to Comic Books to Get His Next Movie Made

Moon director Duncan Jones’ sophomore effort Source Code hasn’t even hit theaters yet, but he’s already talking about what he wants to do for his third film. Before he even began Source Code, Jones was trying to get producers to sign off on a script he had written called Mute.

It was described as a sci-fi influenced noir with a sprawling, futuristic version of Berlin serving as the backdrop. Unfortunately, times are tough, and Jones hasn’t been able to find funding for such an off the beaten path project. He’s moving on to another pitch instead, but this isn’t the last we’ve heard of Mute.

Jones told Gordon and the Whale that he is going to take the Darren Aronofsky doing The Fountain approach and produce the script as a graphic novel, “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.”

The project sounds interesting, so hopefully everyone runs to their local comic shop and picks this one up when it comes out. But even though Mute may never see the light of day as a live action film, Jones is taking some of that futuristic cityscape stuff that he wanted to explore in it, and putting it into his next project. He says of the proposal, “ … you know what a big fan I am of Blade Runner…but there’s all this news on the Internet lately about the rights to Blade Runner being bought up…I’m interested in doing a city-based science fiction film. And this is going to do all the geeky things I would want … “ So at the very least, we should be getting some cool visuals from Jones’ next film, even if they are attached to a more mundane story than he and we may have liked.

When watching the trailers for Source Code I had the thought that it looked way more mainstream and boring than what I expected from the guy who made Moon. Could that film’s development be a product of struggles with financing as well? I’ll be interested to watch it and see how it turns out. Is there more interesting stuff in there that the trailers aren’t showing us, or is Source Code Jones’ attempt at making a big action movie to rake in some bucks and earn himself some more leverage in negotiations? Am I the only one that didn’t like the Source Code trailer? And is anybody going to pick up Mute in comic book form?

Weaned on the genre films of the 80s. Reared by the independent movement of the 90s. Earned a BA for writing stuff in the 00s. Reviews current releases at

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