The Sequel to Moon is Mute

Mute, the sequel to Duncan Jones’ acclaimed indie 2009 SF film Moon, will be out on Netflix in February, and the teaser trailer looks very… Bladerunner. Via the Verge:

During the run-up to Warcraft, Duncan Jones revealed that he already had a follow-up project in the works. It wasn’t another blockbuster that would cost a studio hundreds of millions of dollars, but a companion to his quiet debut film, Moon.

Mute is a long-simmering project that he’s been talking about making for years, and it goes into production next week. The film will star Paul Rudd and Alexander Skarsgard in a futuristic version of Berlin, in which a mute bartender (Skarsgard) goes against a gang to figure out what happened to his missing partner. Get excited.

Jones made a splash with his debut film, Moon, when it arrived in 2009. It followed Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell), a miner for Lunar Industries who’s going stir crazy after three years cooped up in an isolated station. While he’s up there, he discovers that he’s one of many clones who have been pressed into service on the station.

Moon came out in a really crowded year for science fiction. James Cameron released his long-awaited film Avatar, while Star Trek returned from a long hiatus at the hands of J.J. Abram’s Star Trek and Neill Blomkamp made a splash with his debut film District 9. There was a lot going on, but Jones’ quiet, unassuming film was easily the best science fiction film of the year. Jones showed that even with a limited budget (Moon was shot for around $5 million), he could pack in an enormous emotional punch that big budget science fiction movies like Avatar and Star Trek really couldn’t deliver.

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