Duncan Jones is a movie-making treasure. These days, saying that you’re going to go see a science fiction film pretty much means you’re going to watch a movie about space ships blowing up the Earth, and that’s about it. There aren’t many people making science fiction that’s based heavily on ideas rather than action, like the greats of the genre used to in pulp magazines like “Astounding Science Fiction,” these days. But with his first two directorial efforts Moon and Source Code, Jones proved himself to be a strong voice capable of making sci-fi the way it should be; full of forward thinking ideas and philosophical quandaries. The good news coming out of an interview that Jones did with DIY is that he’s currently readying his third science fiction project. The bad news is that it could potentially be his last.
When talking about what will make his third film different from his first two, Jones said “Moon was done at a tiny budget and we really squeezed everything we could out of it. Source Code was a chance to work on a bigger budget with name actors, but on a project that wasn’t my own. Hopefully, this third film will be the kind of sci-fi I want to make, on a budget where I can afford to do it as I see it in my head,” he then added, “After that, I’ll change genres.” Jones paired with a hefty budget and creative freedom sounds great to me, but if he’s doing so well working in a genre that he loves, why the need to switch things up afterwards? He explained, “I wouldn’t want them to define me. Hopefully I’ll have the opportunity to make films that are a little bit more unexpected.”
Ah, the old artist-not-wanting-to-get-boxed-in routine. I get it, I really do. And I would actually be interested in seeing what Jones can do when working with different kinds of material. But, until then, I’m just going to focus on looking forward to this third, mysterious sci-fi project. Need another reason to get excited about it? Check out what Jones says next:
“My producer and I traveled to New Zealand to visit the guys at WETA. We had an amazing experience… I feel I would be privileged to get the chance to work with WETA so hopefully that will happen.” Yeah, that WETA, those guys that just knocked the digital creation of Caesar the Ape in Rise of the Planet of the Apes out of the park. Just imagine what we could get when Jones’s deep thinking starts coming up with things for WETA’s artistry and attention to detail to bring to life. The possibilities are making me giddy.