Duncan Jones' Mute will become a graphic novel before it's a film

During a chat with Gordon and the Whale, Moon and Source Code director Duncan Jones discussed the future of his Mute script.

The project was intended to be Jones' directorial follow-up to his stunning debut Moon , but the film struggled to find finance and fell apart.

There was even some moody concept imagery released over a year ago, and the story, set in a future Berlin, sounded like it had shades of Blade Runner 's noirish sci-fi.

When Jones was asked if Mute would be the follow-up to Source Code , he answered: "Not Mute , no. Although, I can sort of tell you that I’ve been talking to my producer today and we have decided that we’re going to release Mute as a graphic novel.

"Because we’ve had so many problems trying to get this film made, you know? The people who are involved with financing films have just been…shy…shy of making the script.

"So what we decided to do is we’re going to make a graphic novel of it, prove it…prove it to an audience that this works and maybe in the future get the chance to come back and make it."

It's heartening to know that Jones' story will be made available to the public, and hopefully it will find an audience and lead to the film being made.

Hell, even if the film doesn't get made, it's sure to be one hotly-anticipated book, with guaranteed awesome visuals and a cool-sounding premise (a mute bartender searches for his kidnapped girlfriend).

Matt Maytum
Editor, Total Film

I'm the Editor at Total Film magazine, overseeing the running of the mag, and generally obsessing over all things Nolan, Kubrick and Pixar. Over the past decade I've worked in various roles for TF online and in print, including at GamesRadar+, and you can often hear me nattering on the Inside Total Film podcast. Bucket-list-ticking career highlights have included reporting from the set of Tenet and Avengers: Infinity War, as well as covering Comic-Con, TIFF and the Sundance Film Festival.