Don’t worry too much about Duncan Jones’ career. He might have just experienced a big swing and a whiff with the disappointing video game adaptation Warcraft, but he appears to be undaunted and prepared to return to form. In fact, his next project, Mute—which should begin shooting next week—will apparently take place in the same cinematic universe as his 2009 debut, Moon, The Hollywood Reporter disclosed. The 45-year-old filmmaker revealed that tantalizing morsel of information in an offhand response to a Twitter query.
If you’re not familiar with Moon, all you really need to know is that it’s one of the greatest sci-fi films of all time (according to about two-thirds of Reddit). The heady film—which stars Sam Rockwell as a contractor in the not-all-that-distant future who lives alone on a helium-mining moon base—was also critically praised and heavily awarded. So, the fact that his next film is “related to Moon” should put a lot of minds to ease.
Mute—the second part of a planned trilogy—will be set in a Berlin 40 years in the future, with Alexander Skarsgård (True Blood) as a mute bartender who does some stuff with some things and then eventually runs into a pair of surgeons, one of whom will be played by Paul Rudd (200 Cigarettes). Jones has previously stated that Rockwell will have a small role in the film, and now that we know the films are loosely connected, we can begin speculating that he might be reprising his previous role. Or kind of reprising (you really have to see Moon).