Director Duncan Jones and Jake Gyllenhaal sign up for SOURCE CODE
Duncan Jones is ready to go on his next mission and he is surprisingly leaving MUTE, the project he was in line to direct next, on the sideline. Instead, Jones is teaming up with Jake Gyllenhaal for SOURCE CODE.
The film sounds like a thrill ride, while still maintaining the science fiction themes that Jones so brilliantly captured in MOON. It centers around Colter, a soldier who awakens on a train but finds himself in a stranger's body. He is forced to relive the bombing of the train every seventeen minutes, coming closer each time to the people responsible.
Back in September, Jones spoke with us about MUTE, which he wrote the script for and still plans to direct in the near future. That film is a BLADE RUNNER-esque thriller, in which a bartender searches for his kidnapped girlfriend in a futuristic version of the city of Berlin.
As pumped as I was to see Duncan Jones' take on a BLADE RUNNER-esque movie, I'm just as excited about SOURCE CODE for two reasons. First, the story sounds amazing. Time travel is my favorite sci-fi element and this movie seems to be oozing with it. Second, when Jones spoke with us, he described MUTE as "ambitious." He's already won the respect of the film community with MOON, which was a brilliant work, but imagine the kind of clout he'll have in Hollywood if SOURCE CODE is a huge hit (I'm guessing it will be since after PRINCE OF PERSIA Jake Gyllenhaal will probably be even bigger than he is now).
If SOURCE CODE is a success, then maybe Duncan Jones will get the budget to make MUTE as "ambitious" as he'd originally intended.