According to the new trailer for Duncan Jones’s latest film, Berlin 2052 looks a lot like the world of Blade Runner, but one that feels a lot more like the near-future than other sci-fi in recent memory.

In Mute, a mute bartender played by Alexander Skarsgård goes up against a bunch of gangsters in 2052 Berlin, looking to find out what happened to his missing girlfriend (Seyneb Saleh). Paul Rudd and Justin Theroux play U.S. Army surgeons with their own mysterious agenda.

There’s purple hair, flying cars, and neon surging throughout the cityscape, but this exotic world feels strangely realistic, like a place we might all be living in before the end of our lifetimes. The look is very Blade Runner, with a seemingly straightforward plot that might as well take place in the present day.

But if we know Duncan Jones, the film’s co-writer and director, then there’s some bizarre sci-fi conceit lurking underneath the film’s core mystery.

Duncan Jones — the spawn of David Bowie — somewhat recently directed Warcraft. But his other two films, Moon and Source Code, also explore sci-fi set in the near-future. Jones has tackled bizarre technology related to things like cloning, mining on the Moon, and transferring one’s consciousness through time. It’s pretty heady stuff.

Based on Easter eggs from previous Mute images — and comments from Jones himself — we know that Mute takes place in the same cinematic universe as Moon and Source Code. It’s set roughly 17 years after Moon.

Who knows how Mute might connect to those other two movies, if at all. At the very least, we can expect yet another head-spinning thrill ride.


Mute will be released on Netflix February 23, 2018.

We’re all in the Long Night while waiting on Game of Thrones Season 8. Now, possibly out of desperation, one fan has cooked up a horribly tragic theory about how Jon Snow will have to become the Night King to stop his undead army. If true, this would reshape everything we know about the Night King, Azor Ahai, and how the series will end.

Stranger Things Season 3 is set to release some time next summer. That’s a long time to wait before we can finally head back to 1980s Hawkins, Indiana, but in the meantime, a new interview with David Harbour (Jim Hopper on the Netflix series) is offering fans a taste of what’s to come when the Stranger Things Season 3 release date finally arrives.

This is some multi-reality brain magic shit.” Emma Stone’s words in the new trailer for Maniac, an upcoming Netflix original series, seem to do a pretty good job of encapsulating the plot. Created by Patrick Somerville (The Leftovers), directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga (It, True Detective Season 1), and starring Stone, Jonah Hill, Sally Field, and Justin Theroux, Maniac looks like a cross between Inception and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. In other words, it looks awesome.

The upcoming live-action Star Wars show will cost a whole bunch of Credits — or perhaps a whole bunch of Gold Dragons. The reported budget for Jon Favreau’s 10-episode series is $100 million, or about $10 million per episode. That puts the show on par with Game of Thrones, HBO’s tremendously expensive (and popular) fantasy series.

It’s almost time for back to school — Huntress school, that is. At RTX 2018, Rooster Teeth Animation announced the release date of the next season of the studio’s crown jewel, western anime RWBY.

RWBY Volume 6 will premiere October 27. And in an interview with Inverse, series star Lindsay Jones (the voice of Ruby Rose) reveals that Volume 6 will see the reunion of Team RWBY. The story will also build upon the significant growth of the characters from Volumes 4 and 5.