Duncan Jones looking to follow SOURCE CODE with two projects; MUTE is one, but ESCAPE FROM THE DEEP isn’t

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
December 20th, 2010

Set to premiere his second feature film, the Jake Gyllenhaal-starrer, SOURCE CODE, as this year’s opening night film at the SXSW Film Festival, Duncan Jones is already looking to the future.

According to Collider, the director has two projects waiting in the wings. First, the films in question will not include his long talked about “sub movie,” ESCAPE FROM THE DEEP. The director took to Twitter when asked about what’s next, and said that he will not be doing “the sub movie anymore, but trying hard to get one of two things made next. MUTE is one of those 2.”

For those who may not remember, MUTE is set in a future Berlin, and follows a mute bartender who must “go against the city’s gangsters to find his missing girlfriend.” The film was originally set to be the director’s sophomore feature, but when budget problems arose, the film took a back seat to SOURCE CODE.

As far as the second film goes, it’s wide open. He hasn’t been attached to any films outside of MUTE and SOURCE CODE, and while his name has come up in discussions of bigger projects, each film has eventually gone to a different filmmaker. Hopefully we find out what that film is soon.

Personally, I can’t help but think that MUTE may in fact be his best film yet. The film’s screenplay, penned by Jones and Mike Johnson, is an absolute stunner, and with inspiration from films like BLADE RUNNER, could prove to be another great sci-fi film from one of the genre’s most interesting creative entities.

What do you think?

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