The BAFTA-winning filmmaker told DS that he is fascinated by the speed at which Germany changed during the Cold War and wants to use that as the conceit for Mute, which follows a silent bartender searching for his missing girlfriend in the country's capital city.
Jones said: "Flying into Berlin in [the '70s], you were literally flying across an inter-Soviet territory back when the Soviets were really terrifying. You would land in Berlin, which was like this little oasis of the west and it was incredibly scary and exciting, a very vibrant city.
"I have really strong memories of that and I would love to find a way in film to create that feeling of what that city was like at that period of time. The fact that since Germany has reunified, Berlin has just become this incredibly exciting city because what used to be East Berlin used to full of Soviet, socialist buildings - big government-type buildings - and they've all been repurposed.
"Some of them have been turned into nightclubs or residences and it's just such a weird place and it's changed so dramatically so fast. It makes me wonder, if Berlin continued to change at that pace for the next 30 or 40 years what would it become? For me, that makes it an ideal location for a science fiction film."
Jones had planned to make Mute, which will see Sam Rockwell reprise his Sam Bell character from Moon, his second feature as a director. However, the project has been put on the back-burner and Jones plans to revive it as a graphic novel before taking it to the big screen.
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