Fans have long been waiting to see what Duncan Jones was bringing to the table with ‘Mute,’ his latest film which is being released on Netflix, and his first movie since ‘Warcraft‘ which was definitely divisive amongst fans. However, ‘Mute’ supposedly is a kind of spiritual sequel to Jones’ earlier film ‘Moon,’ not to mention an homage to Ridley Scott’s ‘Blade Runner’ which also had a sequel come out a few month ago with ‘Blade Runner: 2049.’ And since one of the shots in the Netflix promo is definitely decidedly ‘Blade Runner’ – esque in how the city looks, I can definitely see what was meant by that statement.
Here’s what Jones has said previously about ‘Mute’:
“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 Skarsgard 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.”
Now bear in mind, this footage is part of a reel of media showing off what is coming to Netflix in February, so there is no audio (fitting for a movie titled ‘Mute,’), and the lower thirds is darker than it will be in the final product due to the Netflix watermark, but you do get to see some of the imagery from the movie and some shots of stars Paul Rudd (and the giant mustache he is sporting in the movie) and Alexander Skarsgård.
Check out the footage for yourself below, the ‘Mute’ part starts around 2:05 (hopefully we’ve managed to cue up the video to that point):
Berlin, the future, but close enough to feel familiar: In this loud, often brutal city, Leo (Alexander Skarsgård) – unable to speak from a childhood accident – searches for his missing girlfriend, the love of his life, his salvation, through dark streets, frenzied plazas, and the full spectrum of the cities shadow-dwellers. As he seeks answers, Leo finds himself mixed up with Cactus Bill (Paul Rudd) and Duck (Justin Theroux), a pair of irreverent US army surgeons on a mission all their own. This soulful sci-fi journey from filmmaker Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code, Warcraft) imagines a world of strange currencies in which echoes of love and humanity are still worth listening to.