Exclusive: Duncan Jones Talks Mute

Director on his homage to Blade Runner

With his excellent sci-fi Moon out this week, debutant director Duncan Jones gave us a few titbits on the project that's likely to be his sophomore effort, the Philip K. Dick-tinged sci-fi Mute.

Mute, which tells the story of a bartender who is abducted while searching for his missing girlfriend, promises to be Jones' tribute to Blade Runner, albeit with a look and feel all of its own. "There’s a connection with Blade Runner, but I’ve got some ideas that’ll give it its own signature character. It's set in a future Berlin which may look like a German version of Blade Runner’s Los Angeles, but with a European sensibility."

The Ridley Scott masterpiece was, of course, set in 2019, but Jones is loth to give a year for his dystopian Berlin. "I’m not sure I’m going to give a particular year because that almost cuts the foundation out of the film's believability. Rather than having people think, “I don’t think that’ll happen in 50 years or 100 years”, I’m going to say, “This is a possible future…”.

One date that is relatively safe to mention is early 2010 which is when Jones hopes to start principal photography on Mute. For more from the director in the meantime, check out our recent video interview here or click here for his pick of his five favourite sci-fi movies. Or, even better still, go see Moon (out on Friday 17 July). Heck, just do all of the above. You won't regret it.