I'm firmly convinced that there are two types of sci-fi fans: those who love (or least like) Duncan Jones' 'Moon' -- and those who have yet to see Duncan Jones' 'Moon.' Guaranteed to become one of those science fiction films we'll still (lovingly) argue about in ten years' time -- sort of like 'Blade Runner' or 'Gattaca' or 'Dark City' -- 'Moon' marked, at the very least, a novel and confident debut from a first-time feature-maker.
And now we have word that one of our favorite young filmmakers is about to debut his sophomore effort at one of our very favorite film festivals. In other words, Duncan Jones' 'Source Code' will premiere at the always-great South by Southwest Film Festival in March as its opening night film before opening in wide release on April 1. The action / sci-fi combo stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga, and Jeffrey Wright, while the screenplay comes from Ben Ripley, whom the hardcore genre fans may remember from 'Species 3' and 'Species 4.' (It had to be mentioned!)
We'll share the full press release below (along with the trailer), which includes a decent but not spoilery plot synopsis and all sorts of 'Source Code'-related tidbits. Congrats to Mr. Jones and his team on their second invitation to SXSW, and we certainly look forward to being there on opening night.
Austin, Texas – December 16, 2010 – Earlier today, the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival announced it will host the world premiere of the Summit Entertainment film Source Code for its 2011 Opening Night. The smart action thriller is the second feature from SXSW Alum Duncan Jones (Moon), and stars Jake Gyllenhaal (Love and Other Drugs, Brokeback Mountain), Michelle Monaghan (Eagle Eye, Due Date), Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air, The Departed) and Jeffrey Wright (Quantum of Solace, Syriana). The South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival runs March 11 – 19, 2011 in Austin, Texas.
When decorated soldier Captain Colter Stevens (Gyllenhaal) wakes up in the body of an unknown man, he discovers he's part of a mission to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train. In an assignment unlike any he's ever known, he learns he's part of a government experiment called the "Source Code," a program that enables him to cross over into another man's identity in the last 8 minutes of his life. With a second, much larger target threatening to kill millions in downtown Chicago, Colter re-lives the incident over and over again, gathering clues each time, until he can solve the mystery of who is behind the bombs and prevent the next attack.
Opening in theaters nationwide on April 1, 2011, the film was written by Ben Ripley. A Mark Gordon Company production, and presented by Vendóme Pictures, the film was produced by Mark Gordon, Philippe Rousselet and Jordan Wynn, with Hawk Koch, Jeb Brody, and Fabrice Gianfermi executive producing.
"We are delighted to welcome Duncan Jones back to SXSW. His debut Moon showed an intelligence, skill, and exceptional use of limited resources that's exactly the kind of filmmaking we love to support," said Film Conference and Festival Producer Janet Pierson. "Source Code is a terrific follow-up; it's a smart, suspenseful thriller, and a perfect fit for our 2011 Opening Night!"
The complete festival lineup will be announced in early February 2011. In addition to nine full days of film screenings, SXSW Film will ultimately feature over 80 sessions of panels and workshops in the Conference. SXSW is also pleased to announce that native Texan and visionary director Catherine Hardwicke will share her approach to filmmaking in a special Directing Workshop at the 2011 event. Hardwicke's workshop joins an exciting array of over 40 sessions already announced. For details on these confirmed sessions, selected from proposals submitted via the SXSW PanelPicker™ interface, visit www.sxsw.com/film/talks.