Duncan Jones’ latest sci-fi saga Mute, set in a 40 years into the future Berlin, will be coming to home theaters sooner than expected. It was announced on a recent episode of the Empire Podcast that the film will forego the traditional distribution model and will instead hit Netflix at the same time as theaters once released.
Mute, starring Paul Rudd and Alexander Skarsgard, is being touted as a Blade Runner-like science-fiction Casablanca, and it will loosely follow Jones’ 2009 film Moon.
Berlin. Forty years from today. A roiling city of immigrants, where East crashes against West in a science-fiction Casablanca. Leo Beiler (Skarsgard), a mute bartender has one reason and one reason only for living here, and she’s disappeared. But when Leo’s search takes him deeper into the city’s underbelly, an odd pair of American surgeons (led by Rudd) seem to be the only recurring clue, and Leo can’t tell if they can help, or who he should fear most.
Filming for Mute began this week in Berlin, and while there is no release date just yet, Jones isn’t shy about setting the bar high, stating the film will be “unlike any other science fiction being made today.”