Gyllenhaal and Jones Team Up for 'Source Code'

11/09/2009 Posted by Admin

By our guest blogger, Rob Stammitti.

Duncan Jones, director of this year's film festival darling "Moon," starring Sam Rockwell, is set to direct science-fiction thriller "Source Code," a script originally by Ben Ripley, with the newest revision featuring rewrites from writer/director Billy Ray (Shattered Glass). Jake Gyllenhaal is in negotiations to star. describes the intriguing plot:

"Gyllenhaal will play a soldier who wakes up in another man’s body and must relive a train explosion over again until he’s able to solve the mystery behind it.  It’s Groundhog Day meets 12 Monkeys, plus a little Matrix."

This will be Gyllenhaal's first return to the science-fiction genre since 2001's Donnie Darko, the cult hit that arguably launched him into the mainstream, and like that film, Source Code sounds like a real mind-bender. Any comparison to 12 Monkeys is definitely a good sign to me.

Jones, whose "Moon" I managed to catch at the Edinburgh Film Festival in June, was a real masterful piece of work as well; Incredibly cerebral and mysterious while managing to maintain a rather heartfelt and emotional premise, and Rockwell's stellar performance (which Jones is currently campaigning an Oscar-nod for) certainly suggests the starting filmmaker really knows how to direct actors.

Early word on the script is very good, and this team-up is pretty exciting. Plus, it's always good to see some sci-fi get made that isn't a Transformers or disaster movie.

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