In a surprise announcement early today, Dark Horse Comics announced that MOON and SOURCE CODE director (and son of David Bowie) Duncan Jones will be delivering an original graphic novel, MUTE.
MUTE will feature art by PREACHER cover artist Glenn Fabry, which is a nice surprise because Fabry so rarely does sequential art anymore.
The book, which was first mentioned by Jones around the time of SOURCE CODE’s release back in 2011, will be set in the same universe as Jones’ debut film MOON and will follow a bartender searching for his missing girlfriend in a cyberpunk-ish future Berlin–here’s hoping this is Jones’ STATION TO STATION or HEROES (Bowie’s kid, Berlin, the Berlin Trilogy? Nah…you get it).
Back when the idea of publishing MUTE as a graphic novel was first discussed back in 2011, Jones made it clear that he would still like to see MUTE as a film, and it’s to be assumed that that is still the plan.
It wouldn’t be the first time a director has produced a graphic novel adaptation of their work, with Darren Aronofosky producing one for THE FOUNTAIN back in 2006 and one for his forthcoming film NOAH–though, the English-language edition won’t be released until next year.
No release date was given. But fret not! Dark Horse assures us that this isn’t like Joe Kosinski’s vaporware OBLIVION graphic novel, MUTE will exist, it will be published, it’s just not done yet.
Fortunately, as proof that work has been done and is being done, Jones did share the following two-page spread on Twitter, a print of which was later made available at the convention.
And as a very special gift & thank you to all my mates twitter… all 150,000+ of you, lay your eyes on this. pic.twitter.com/cCPzdUxCdI
— Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) July 21, 2013
Personally, I’m very excited to see MUTE. Glenn Fabry doesn’t really do interior art much anymore, so that alone makes it worth checking out. But beyond that: Jones has made it clear that he’s a fan of Ridley Scott’s BLADE RUNNER, and has outed himself as a fan of THE GHOST IN THE SHELL (or at least Mamoru Oshii’s anime adaptation of the work). That said, we have yet to see any of Jones’ writing (both of his films were scripted by others) so it’ll be interesting to see that for the first time. But he seems to be into a lot of the same stuff as me, and I think he’s got a good eye for nuanced pacing and evocative storytelling.
He’s slated to begin production on WORLD OF WARCRAFT in the not-too-distant future, and I’m keen to peep the film even though I don’t really care at all about WoW. But I’m excited due to his involvement, because as much as I love his father and his father’s work, he’s definitely a talented, hard-working filmmaker who’s carving out an independent legacy for himself. But MUTE, now that it’s officially a thing, has me much more excited than WoW.
A veteran of comics retailing, Shea Hennum is a Texas-based writer whose criticism has appeared at Bleeding Cool, Comical Musings, and The Comics Alternative. His fiction has appeared in places like Loser City, The Fringe Magazine, and Schlock, and his writing about comics will be featured in upcoming issues of Keatinge & Del Duca's Shutter from Image Comics.
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