David Bowie's Son Makes New Sci-Fi Film, Hints At a Secret Connection to "Moon"

Thursday, 22 September 2016 - 6:24PM
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Thursday, 22 September 2016 - 6:24PM
David Bowie's Son Makes New Sci-Fi Film, Hints At a Secret Connection to "Moon"
When David Bowie's son made a movie about the Moon, people went wild. Appropriately titled Moon, Duncan Jones' directorial debut ended up being an instant classic of indie science fiction, hearkening back to the technological accuracy and claustrophobic isolation of Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. Now, Jones announced today that's he's back with a new film inspired by the dystopian futurism and noir aesthetic of Blade Runner. It's called Mute, and Jones has already hinted at connections between it and Moon.



For those of you who haven't seen Moon, the plot starts out relatively simple: Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell) is an astronaut stationed on the Moon, working under a three-year contract for Lunar Industries, a company mining Helium-3. Sam is completely isolated in his outpost, and his only connection to humanity is a series of prerecorded messages from his wife, Tess. Three weeks before the end of his multi-year shift, he begins hallucinating and ends up blacking out in a rover accident. From there, Moon becomes a sci-fi thriller that verges on mind-bending.

Mute, on the other hand, takes place in a futuristic version of Berlin, where a mute bartender named Leo searches for his missing girlfriend. Jones describes it as "a thriller with a very weird tone":

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"It goes very dark, then it also goes very darkly funny. It's science-fiction urban, so it certainly owes some of its influence to Blade Runner."
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Duncan also calls Mute "the Casablanca of the future" and "Paul Schrader's Hardcore meets Robert Altman's MASH." You can see the Blade Runner influence in the concept art released for the film back in 2009:


But most intriguing of all is Jones' claim that Mute is part of a trilogy started by Moon, and the fact that Sam Rockwell, the same actor who played Sam Bell, has been cast to appear in Mute (along with Paul Rudd and Alexander Skarsgard). Jones hasn't confirmed anything yet, but the inclusion of Rockwell could mean the return of Moon's lonely astronaut—which, considering what happened to Sam Bell out in space, could make for a very interesting plot.

In the wake of a slew of high-profile sci-fi movies like Interstellar, Gravity, and The Martian, audiences have shown an increasing willingness to check out science fiction that runs a little more subtle than space battles and lightsabers. After the giant CGI lightshow that was Warcraft, Jones' more noir-y Mute could end up being the next sci-fi "it" movie, especially if it follows through on its connection to the fan-favorite Moon.

So let's hope that ticket to the Moon wasn't one-way, Sam Bell.
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