EXCLUSIVE: Duncan Jones confirms that MUTE will become a graphic novel before a film

by: James Wallace
March 10th, 2011

While sitting down to chat with director Duncan Jones about his new film, SOURCE CODE, he opened up a bit about his newly-formed, BLADE RUNNER-inspired project, as well as confirming for us that MUTE would indeed be moving from the pages of a script to those of a graphic novel. Back in January, the director told SuperHeroHype that he might transform the idea for MUTE into a graphic novel but wasn't sure if or when that would happen. Now, according to the man himself, it's on like Dr. Eldon.

Check out what Mr. Jones and me discussed after the break! And check back this week as we talk more with Duncan and stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, and Vera Farmiga as we head down to Austin for SXSW, where it will have its premiere as the opening night film.

In respects to budget, you've shown the world what you can do with a film like MOON, which was made for around five million dollars, and now a film like SOURCE CODE, which was made for not a ton of money compared to today standards but a significant amount more than MOON. Now the push for you has seemed to be to make a massive tentpole film, with your name being mentioned around everything from SUPERMAN to JUDGE DREDD to WORLD OF WARCRAFT. But you have previously stated that you are going to make one more sci-fi film to kind of round out your trilogy so to speak and you mentioned on Twitter recently that you are already working on a treatment for it. Can you tell us about that?

I'm basically sort of nailing down this treatment now so we can start working on the script for what will hopefully be the third film, which will be another science-fiction film.

Would it happen to be MUTE? (laughs)

(laughs) Not MUTE, no. Although, I can sort of tell you that 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.

Have you decided what publisher is going to be behind that yet?

No, that's one of the things we're working on right now. But we have definitely made that decision...that we're going to do that.

And for your third film, is there anything you can say about it in the early stages?

I will say this; 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 [from one of those kinds of films].

So it sounds like you're pulling the essence out of what you've expressed you wanted MUTE to be and kind of putting it into this film.

I think so, yeah. It will certainly answer my need for a city-based, futuristic sci-fi film.

So what you're saying is you're going to finally take your main character out of a small, confined space and put him in a big, open space?

(laughs) Yeah, definitely! It will be sprawling.

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