If you’re looking for a reason why 2017 is looking better than 2016, look no further than the fact that this year is when we finally get to see Duncan Jones’ new film, Mute.
Planned by the Moon and Source Code filmmaker for years, the Netflix original film is written by Jones and Michael Robert Johnson, with Stuart Fenegan as producer and Charles J.D. Schissel and Trevor Beattie as executive producers.
Set in the near-future, the movie follows Leo (Alexander Skarsgård), a bartender living in the pulsing city of Berlin. Because of a childhood accident, Leo lost the ability to speak and the only good thing in his life is his beautiful girlfriend, Naadirah (Seyneb Saleh). When she vanishes without a trace, Leo’s search for her takes him deep into the city’s seedy underbelly. A pair of wisecracking American surgeons (Paul Rudd and Justin Theroux) are the only recurring clue and Leo is forced to take on this teeming underworld in order to find his love.
Can’t wait to see the finished product? We may not have a confirmed Netflix release date for Mute, but there is good news: you can get your first look at it right now, thanks to bunch of new stills released by Netflix:
Netflix confirms principal photography under way on Duncan Jones’ Mute
13th October 2016.
Earlier this month, we brought you reports that Duncan Jones’ new sci-fi film, Mute, had been acquired by Netflix. Now, the streaming has confirmed that the Moon director’s latest work is a Netflix original production – and that filming has begun in Berlin.
Starring Alexander Skarsgård, Paul Rudd and Justin Theroux, the feature film is produced by Jones’s longtime business partner Stuart Fenegan for Liberty Films. It comes from a story Jones created twelve years ago. The film follows Leo (Skarsgård), a mute man searching for a missing person in the year 2052 in Berlin while duelling with two rogue villains played by Rudd and Theroux. Jones co-wrote the script with Michael Robert Johnson (Sherlock Holmes). Charles J.D. Schlissel serves as executive producer along with co-producers Henning Molfenter, Charlie Woebcken, Christoph Fisser of Studio Babelsberg.
“Mute is an encapsulation of everything I am fascinated by; noir, science fiction, and unique people in trouble because of who and what they are. I’m delighted to be able to return to Berlin for the shoot, a place I lived for a period of time growing up, and I’m excited to be working with Netflix on a film that is so close to my heart,” says Jones.
Producer Stuart Fenegan adds: “Duncan handed me a version of Mute at our very first meeting together 13 years ago and I have wanted to bring it to life ever since. We just had to make Moon, Source Code and Warcraft in between, and in that time Netflix has become the place for original films. The perfect home for Mute.”
“Duncan Jones is such a dynamic directing force, and the team he has assembled in-front-of and behind-the-camera will continue to reinvigorate the science fiction genre. It will be exciting to share this film with Netflix audiences around the world next year,” comments Ted Sarandos, Netflix chief content officer.
The movie joins Netflix’s growing 2017 Original Film slate, which includes titles such as Bright, from director David Ayer, starring Will Smith and Joel Edgerton, War Machine, from director David Michod, starring Brad Pitt, and Okja, from director Bong Joon-ho, starring Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal and Lily Collins.