Netflix Nabs Duncan Jones' MUTE

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Netflix Nabs Duncan Jones' MUTE

Warcraft may not have performed as expected, but that hasn't deterred director Duncan Jones from getting on with his passion project, Mute, and finding a pretty big distribution partner in Netflix. 

In a recent appearance on the Empire podcast, Alexander Skarsgard spilled the beans on the deal. He explained that the film, which is currently in production, will get a Netflix day-and-date theatrical run.

"I think they’ll do what they did with Beasts Of No Nation where they do a theatrical simultaneously to a Netflix release," said Skarsgard. "I just got back from Dublin where Duncan showed me all the renderings and the visuals of it. I'm very, very excited about it."

And so are we! The actor went on to explain a bit about his character in the film:

"It’s about a guy who was in an accident as a kid. He’s ex-Amish, so he lives a very monastic life: he doesn’t have a cellphone or anything like that. He’s left the [Amish] community but he still kinda follows the rules."

While this is good news for Jones in that it will ensure a huge swath of people see his film, it means that Mute will likely not find its way to many local theatres, so anyone hoping to see the science fiction film on the big screen will be out of luck. 

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wagnerfilmOctober 1, 2016 1:22 AM

It bears mentioning that while Warcraft tanked in the US, its foreign boxoffice was so strong it's become the #1 grossing video game-based movie with a $433 million cume. So I suspect Jones won't have to worry about his next meal anytime soon.

Todd BrownOctober 1, 2016 1:21 PM

While it performed a lot better internationally, it still lost a significant amount of money. It's been a while since I saw the estimate but I remember the last number I saw pegging the loss at well over a hundred million. So it very likely will be a while before he gets the chance to work on this scale again, he'll have to bounce back to smaller projects and work back up.

wagnerfilmOctober 1, 2016 3:41 PM

Well, this is more a problem with the studio tentpole culture of overspending. They piss away $250M on a production, and then when it doesn't rake in a billion, the director (who could probably have turned in a film just as good for a tenth of the cost) takes the blame.

Todd BrownOctober 1, 2016 4:22 PM

Oh, in most cases, absolutely. Unless there's something that the director specifically did that led to overruns then it's the execs who dictated script elements, casting, tone decisions, etc who should wear it. But it never is. And I'm not saying Jones isn't going to work more - he definitely is - but the next time one of those studio suits asks, "Who should we have direct our $250 mil movie?" Jones isn't going to be on that list.

wagnerfilmOctober 1, 2016 4:45 PM

I'd actually be super happy with that. Some directors are better suited to keeping it small. Moon was $5 million and is still the best thing he's done. At the Q&A at Fantastic Fest, M. Night Shyamalan even apologized for his recent big-budget disasters and announced he was much happier since going back to more modestly scaled productions. I'm really eager to see Duncan's MUTE.

Todd BrownOctober 1, 2016 4:46 PM

I do not disagree at all.