Duncan Jones Dedicates ‘Mute’ to David Bowie: ‘A Lot of the Story Revolves Around the Nature of Parenthood’

Duncan Jones Dedicates ‘Mute’ to David Bowie: ‘A Lot of the Story Revolves Around the Nature of Parenthood’
When Duncan Jones fans finish streaming “Mute” on Netflix, they’ll notice the film is dedicated to the director’s late father, David Bowie. The dedication is hardly a surprise given that “Mute” is the first film Jones made from the start after losing his father (“Warcraft” was released the same year Bowie died but was started years before his passing), but it’s actually more fitting than anyone might realize. The way Jones tells it, Bowie inspired “Mute” on both a thematic and storytelling level.

“Mute” is set in futuristic Berlin, a city Jones fell in love with when he visited as a child in the mid-1970s during the time Bowie lived there and recorded what is known as the Berlin Trilogy: “Low,” “Heroes,” and “Lodger.” Jones told The Times that while working on the screenplay for years he realized the setting “needed to be a city that was a melting pot,
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