It might be an understatement to say that Netflix gets a lot of attention for their original content. Though most of that attention has fallen on their TV series, the streaming powerhouse has also ventured into feature film production. To some extent, that imbalanced focus is a result of the sheer quantity of TV shows Netflix has produced next to a comparatively small number of films. But unlike their TV productions, which have a nigh impeccable reputation for quality, their film offerings have been more of a mixed bag. While some have certainly had their well-earned accolades, the highest profile offerings have been the fruits of a baffling four picture deal with Adam Sandler (with the two that have been released to date currently holding a combined score of 5% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes).
That may be getting ready to change, though, as ‘Warcraft’ director Duncan Jones prepares to step into the streaming fray with ‘Mute‘. Described by Jones as a sort of spiritual successor to his 2009 debut film ‘Moon’, ‘Mute’ is a sci-fi mystery that follows a bartender searching for his missing love. Now, Netflix has given us our first look at the film. The latest press release the streaming video titan published for the film includes the following stills:
In addition to the photos, Netflix has also released an official synopsis for the film, which you can read here:
Set in the near-future, Leo (Alexander Skarsgard) is a bartender living in the pulsing city of Berlin. Because of a childhood incident, 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 wise-cracking 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.
The Netflix original film is directed by Duncan Jones and written by Jones and Michael Robert Johnson. Stuart Fenegan serves as producer and Charles J.D. Schissel and Trevor Beattie serve as executive producers. The film will launch in all territories where Netflix is available in 2017.
Be sure to check back with ScienceFiction.com for more news on ‘Mute’ as it becomes available!