Duncan Jones’ best films may be his first two, Moon and Source Code, which didn’t quite have the giant budget the director was given for Warcraft (obviously). Now that the director has had a chance to direct another lower-budget sci-fi passion project in Mute, what franchise would he tackle next? Or does Jones want to take on another established franchise at all?
ComingSoon.net had a big interview with Jones, and noting that Jones had previously said making Warcraft was a “death by a thousand cuts,” they inquired what the ideal circumstances would be to lure Jones into directing another big franchise tentpole film:
“For another tentpole, if they were pre-existing franchises I don’t think I’d want to do them. If it’s something they want to become a franchise but is new I would obviously be more interested. Part of the enjoyment for me is trying to find a way to create and realize something from scratch. That part of it I would be more interested in. As far as doing a big studio film, I think more communication upfront about what it is we hope the project will be and agreeing on that upfront. Warcraft was a unique circumstance with no way around it. Too many voices, only because that was the nature of Warcraft. Blizzard are a company making a billion dollars a year just off the games. The movie was small potatoes for them. It really wasn’t their priority. The game is how they pay their employees, not the movie. So for them the movie really had to serve the game, as opposed to the game and the film being separate things. Then there were also multiple studios, Legendary were originally part of Warner Bros. and then moved to Universal. Then Legendary itself was bought by Wanda from China, there were producers changing during the course of the film. It was a very messy political situation. I would hope that even if I did another studio film it wouldn’t be as fluctuating as that one was.”
I’ve got news for you, Jones, but these days, unless you are a Steven Spielberg, Christopher Nolan, or Peter Jackson, you’re going to always have “too many voices.” That’s Hollywood, but you can overcome it by finding the right studio or becoming the next Spielberg.
So, maybe we will never see Duncan Jones take on another franchise. But, I would love a studio to give him the budget and the freedom to make whatever his version of Inception looks like, meaning noteworthy, high budget sci-fi project that is not an adaptation of anything.
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