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Duncan Jones wants to do his Blade Runner homage next

Jan. 17, 2011by:

Back in 2009 it was thought that the next project for Duncan Jones would be MUTE. This was the script he was trying to get Sam Rockwell to star in. Sadly, Rockwell did not want to play a villain so after a few meetings, MOON was born. One of the producers said that MUTE was about, "a woman whose disappearance causes a mystery for her partner, a mute bartender. When she disappears, he has to go up against the cityís gangsters."

In a recent interview with a site called We Got This Covered (via /Film), Jones said that MUTE was in a state of limbo and he's been having trouble getting it made. The director is actually hoping to do a homage to BLADE RUNNER as his next project.

Here's what Jones had to say:

"Well itís [MUTE] in a bit of a limbo actually. Iíve always loved the script and felt it was a film worth making, but itís a tricky one. Itís a sci-fi film, and one of the drafts of the scripts got leaked a while back. The reaction was mixed. Most people didnít get the fact that yes it is sci-fi but itís a futurist film. Itís a thriller that happens to take place in the future, itís not some amazing piece of technology that ya know the world is depending upon and the whole story revolves around some particular piece of technology or some sci-fi hook."

"That was the whole idea, to tell a film that can be based in any period, but just HAPPENS to take place in the future. And itís been very difficult to basically pitch that in a way where people understand why it needs to be done that way. People just say, why canít it be in a contemporary setting? But no, itís about mood and atmosphere as much as anything else. Itís also quite dark so itís been a tough sell. Also, itís not a big film, it has been designed to be sort of a smaller and more independent film. Budget wise, itís in between Moon and Source Code."

"I just need to get away from it for a while. Iíll come back to it one day and hopefully itíll work the way I see it working. In the meantime, I have another project that Iím very excited about. It will address what people expect from sci-fi films but still does what I want it to do, and still has the heart and energy that Iíd wanna see in a sci-fi film."

Sir, I am ready. Bring it.

Extra Tidbit: I was baffled for some reason that some people don't care for BLADE RUNNER. I've always really enjoyed it. Anyone here not a fan of the film?

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8:01PM on 01/17/2011
Moon is one of my favorite Sci-Fi films. The Trailer for Source Code looks promising. As for Blade Runner...when i first saw it i wasn't a fan but every time i watch it i enjoy it more and more.
Moon is one of my favorite Sci-Fi films. The Trailer for Source Code looks promising. As for Blade Runner...when i first saw it i wasn't a fan but every time i watch it i enjoy it more and more.
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8:06PM on 01/17/2011

BLADE RUNNER

BLADE RUNNER was one of those films that, for one reason or another I missed throughout my life. I'm a huge film fan, and more specifically, a huge Sci-Fi fan. When I did finally see BLADE RUNNER a few years ago, I just couldn't see what everyone saw in it. It just didn't connect with me at all. Which is weird, cause I love everyone involed. Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Ridley Scott and the gorgeous Daryl Hannah, all are some of my favs in the business. So all the pieces were there for me to
BLADE RUNNER was one of those films that, for one reason or another I missed throughout my life. I'm a huge film fan, and more specifically, a huge Sci-Fi fan. When I did finally see BLADE RUNNER a few years ago, I just couldn't see what everyone saw in it. It just didn't connect with me at all. Which is weird, cause I love everyone involed. Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Ridley Scott and the gorgeous Daryl Hannah, all are some of my favs in the business. So all the pieces were there for me to love it...but I didn't. My girlfriend hates me for this. She said this was a deal breaker. I'd like to see it again to give it another chance. But, as it stands right now, I do not care for this film.
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11:56AM on 01/18/2011
My best friend's the same way. It drives me crazy.
My best friend's the same way. It drives me crazy.
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8:17PM on 01/17/2011
When I first saw Blade Runner, I was too young. Years later I sat down and really let myself escape into that world and I was in awe.

Same goes for Ghost in the Shell. I was just too young at first.
When I first saw Blade Runner, I was too young. Years later I sat down and really let myself escape into that world and I was in awe.

Same goes for Ghost in the Shell. I was just too young at first.
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8:18PM on 01/17/2011
After Moon and how great it was, the man can do anything he wants. I like the premise of Mute and find it interesting that Rockwell would not want to play a villian. I think he would knock it out of the park. But because he did say no, we did get the amazing Moon and one of his best performances ever so, I guess we lucked out.

Blade Runner is awesome.
After Moon and how great it was, the man can do anything he wants. I like the premise of Mute and find it interesting that Rockwell would not want to play a villian. I think he would knock it out of the park. But because he did say no, we did get the amazing Moon and one of his best performances ever so, I guess we lucked out.

Blade Runner is awesome.
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8:19PM on 01/17/2011

Blade Runner is one of my favorite movies

And I am so there when "Mute" comes out.
And I am so there when "Mute" comes out.
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8:23PM on 01/17/2011
I wasn't even born when Blade Runner originally came out, but I bought the Final Cut on dvd without even seeing the film once and I was completely taken in. Moon is one of the greatest sci-fi movies of all-time, so whatever Jones has in mind I'm on board.
I wasn't even born when Blade Runner originally came out, but I bought the Final Cut on dvd without even seeing the film once and I was completely taken in. Moon is one of the greatest sci-fi movies of all-time, so whatever Jones has in mind I'm on board.
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8:33PM on 01/17/2011
As long as its an homage to Blade Runner and not a remake, I'm happy.
As long as its an homage to Blade Runner and not a remake, I'm happy.
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9:04PM on 01/17/2011
I didn't like blade runner when I saw it as a kid, but have been meaning to give it another chance. Anybody have any recommendations on which version of the film is the best?
I didn't like blade runner when I saw it as a kid, but have been meaning to give it another chance. Anybody have any recommendations on which version of the film is the best?
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3:17PM on 01/18/2011
Well, I found the Director's Cut to be the most satisfying, personally. I'd go with that. I can't really explain why I felt this without ruining the film, so you'll have to just go on trust.
Well, I found the Director's Cut to be the most satisfying, personally. I'd go with that. I can't really explain why I felt this without ruining the film, so you'll have to just go on trust.
10:10PM on 01/17/2011
I've revisited Blade Runner: The Final Cut 4 or 5 times, and I still don't get what the big deal is. I honestly wish I liked the film but I just don't.
I've revisited Blade Runner: The Final Cut 4 or 5 times, and I still don't get what the big deal is. I honestly wish I liked the film but I just don't.
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10:34PM on 01/17/2011

Blade Runner is king

What sets Blade Runner apart is just how rich it is. In terms of art direction and texture, its so thick and filled with these little things that make the world real.

Too many films these days have become sterile and cold, and you can see the CGI icing on the cake. Blade Runner created this noir world that was not only a great homage to the noir films of old, but also took what sci-fi could do and can be to whole other levels.

Plus, Rutger and Harrison killed it in their performances.
What sets Blade Runner apart is just how rich it is. In terms of art direction and texture, its so thick and filled with these little things that make the world real.

Too many films these days have become sterile and cold, and you can see the CGI icing on the cake. Blade Runner created this noir world that was not only a great homage to the noir films of old, but also took what sci-fi could do and can be to whole other levels.

Plus, Rutger and Harrison killed it in their performances. And Vangelis's score rocked.

How can you not love it? And if you are a filmmaker or an aspiring filmmaker, it just becomes more and more of a towering achievement as time goes on.
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10:35PM on 01/17/2011
Blade Runner took me years to finally get into. Even now I can't just sit in watch it any time, though. I gotta be in the right mood.

Final Cut is the best version.
Blade Runner took me years to finally get into. Even now I can't just sit in watch it any time, though. I gotta be in the right mood.

Final Cut is the best version.
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10:56PM on 01/17/2011

Thank You, Mr. Jones

What a breath of fresh air Duncan Jones is. To hear this guy so dead-set getting some of these projects that sound as if they have limited appeal (to the studios) is admirable, to say the least. To know what he did with a little in "Moon" and what he's going with more "Source Code", it seems this guy get is. It doesn't matter if it's in his DNA (David Bowie) or not, keep it comin' and push some of the self-righteous directors that putting out the same old schlock.
What a breath of fresh air Duncan Jones is. To hear this guy so dead-set getting some of these projects that sound as if they have limited appeal (to the studios) is admirable, to say the least. To know what he did with a little in "Moon" and what he's going with more "Source Code", it seems this guy get is. It doesn't matter if it's in his DNA (David Bowie) or not, keep it comin' and push some of the self-righteous directors that putting out the same old schlock.
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12:53AM on 01/18/2011
Hmmm... Blade Runner. I wish I could sit through it once. I've seen it in bits and pieces but never in one run. It's really well visualized but the killer for me is the exceptionally boring score by Vangelis.

God bless the 80's and their fascination with synth soundtracks. It's very hard to make a synth soundtrack good. Big Trouble in Little China did it. Blade Runner did not. The music is the cure to insomnia and absolutely ruins the pace of the film.

Considering there's 72 versions of
Hmmm... Blade Runner. I wish I could sit through it once. I've seen it in bits and pieces but never in one run. It's really well visualized but the killer for me is the exceptionally boring score by Vangelis.

God bless the 80's and their fascination with synth soundtracks. It's very hard to make a synth soundtrack good. Big Trouble in Little China did it. Blade Runner did not. The music is the cure to insomnia and absolutely ruins the pace of the film.

Considering there's 72 versions of this movie out there, is there an ultimate secret special director's cut out there without that dragging music in it?
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5:20AM on 01/18/2011
I saw "Blade Runner: Director's Cut" when it got the 1992 re-release. Even though I was eleven years old, I totally got the story back then, and I am a very huge fan of "Blade Runner". Seen all five versions and had a monster of a time getting through "Dangerous Days", the 3 plus hour doc on making the film. I'm ready for an homage.
I saw "Blade Runner: Director's Cut" when it got the 1992 re-release. Even though I was eleven years old, I totally got the story back then, and I am a very huge fan of "Blade Runner". Seen all five versions and had a monster of a time getting through "Dangerous Days", the 3 plus hour doc on making the film. I'm ready for an homage.
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7:32AM on 01/18/2011
Blade Runner is the best movie Iīve ever seen.
Blade Runner is the best movie Iīve ever seen.
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10:29AM on 01/18/2011

I really hope

I really hope that Duncan Jones gets to make a Batman movie (or trilogy) at some point and that his dad plays Alfred.
I really hope that Duncan Jones gets to make a Batman movie (or trilogy) at some point and that his dad plays Alfred.
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11:01AM on 01/18/2011
I like this...but howabout he plays The Joker.
I like this...but howabout he plays The Joker.
1:11PM on 01/18/2011
Can't wait for Duncan Jones next movie. Oh i forgot Blade Runner is my favorite movie of all times.
Can't wait for Duncan Jones next movie. Oh i forgot Blade Runner is my favorite movie of all times.
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9:09PM on 01/21/2011
BLADE RUNNER is also my favorite movie of all time. It holds up very well, even today.
BLADE RUNNER is also my favorite movie of all time. It holds up very well, even today.
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