Director Duncan Jones (Warcraft) has been working on his pet science-fiction project, Mute for a long time. After signing Alexander Skarsgård and Paul Rudd to the picture, it looks like he’s finally about ready to roll on his personal prestige picture.
The epic sci-fi flick, which depicts a mute bartender searching for his lost love in a futuristic Berlin, has already suffered a false start or two. With Skarsgård slated to play the titular mute character and Rudd locked into a role as one half of an odd pair of surgeons, the film is gaining serious momentum. The final piece of the puzzle fell into place when Lotus Entertainment – the production company behind the upcoming Halle Berry thriller, Kidnap – signed on to foot the bill. It looks like Mute will find a voice after all.
Set in a not-too-distant future Europe at the crossroads of an overdeveloped Earth, bartender Leo Beiler (Skarsgård) searches for his missing partner in a battered metropolis caught in the culture clash of globalization. As he sifts through the seamy underworld, Beiler finds two American doctors (one played by Rudd) who may hold the only clues to his vanished love. But are they trustworthy?
Jones’ intriguing plot has dwelled in production limbo for a very long time now:
“I’ve been working towards making Mute for 12 years now. I cannot tell you how thrilled I am that we’re finally going to shoot this utterly unique film. The fact that I get to make it with Alexander Skarsgård and Paul Rudd makes it all the more exciting! Mute is a film that will last. It is unlike any other science fiction being made today.”
Even if his mega-pic Warcraft falls short of expectations – which seems unlikely based on early looks and given its massive potential audience – Mute has a solid, heady premise that could transform it into another underrated sci-fi thriller in the vein of Jones' own Moon or Source Code. Written by Jones and Mike Johnson, the film already packs a lot of intrigue and potential into its long-delayed screenplay. And now, it has the casting muscle and production company to back it up.
However, as Jones understands all-too-well, films can disappear into the Hollywood quagmire just as quickly as they're set to shoot. Hopefully, his science fiction baby won’t wind up another film fiasco like Terry Gilliam’s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. Barring any unforeseen studio snafus, there’s a very good chance his baby will finally see daylight.
Screen Rant will have more details on Mute as they are made available.