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Duncan Jones Wants to Shoot Sci-Fi Thriller 'Mute' After 'Warcraft'

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Commercial filmmaker-turned feature director Duncan Jones has made a name for himself within the movie geek community over these past five years, thanks to his work on the brainy, original, sci-fi features Moon and Source Code. He is now serving as helmsman on the upcoming World of Warcraft movie, Warcraft; if the game adaptation is a sufficient box office success, then it could provide Jones with an opportunity to finally shoot a passion project that he's wanted to make for years now, titled Mute.

Mute, a thriller set in a futuristic world (potentially even the same one as Moon) where a mute bartender searches for his kidnapped girlfriend, is a project that Jones began to talk about with reporters even before Moon hit theaters in 2009. In the past, the director has likened his vision for Mute to Blade Runner, in the sense that his desire with Mute is to (among other things) emulate Ridley Scott's influential sci-fi/neo-Noir and create "a believable and realistic living, breathing futuristic world" onscreen.

Obviously, to do something like would require a decent budget, which is part of the reason why Jones once had plans to turn his Mute script into a graphic novel - a way of showing how the story can be done visually, as Darren Aronofsky did with his scripts for both The Fountain and Noah (helping pave the way for them to eventually become movies). It's possible that Jones has already started the conversation with studio executives about making Mute a reality; for now, though, the only thing we can confirm (via Jones' Twitter account) is that the project is back on his mind.

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