British director Duncan Jones is prepping a $25 million, sci-fi thriller titled Mute. The movie will be Jones’ follow-up to his indie-debut film about isolation in outer space, Moon.

“Moon is about alienation and isolation,” Jones told Screen “The next one will have a different vibe. It’s not about one actor on their own, it’s an ensemble piece.”

Stuart Fenegan, who produced Moon and will work with Jones again on Mute, tells Screen

“Mute is about a woman whose disappearance causes a mystery for her partner, a mute bartender. When she disappears, he has to go up against the city’s gangsters.”

Duncan is presently receiving numerous plaudits for Moon, which won the Michael Powell Award for Best New British Feature Film at the Edinburgh International Film Festival this weekend.

“We award Moon for its singular vision and remarkably assured direction as well as for the inspired manner in which it transcends genre,” reads the festival’s jury citation. “The central performance by Sam Rockwell embodies the film’s emotional complexity and compelling philosophical perspective.”

Filming of Mute evidently will start in early 2010. Jones is also scheduled to direct World War II submarine thriller Escape From the Deep next year.

Source: Screen Daily