One Friday morning back in 2019 Duncan Jones put a Twitter call-out for artists to illustrate a sequence from the as yet unmade third film in the Moon/Mute trilogy. The Twitterverse wasn’t slow to answer and now, nearly a year later, we get the first inklings as to what exactly this project has become.
This is my plan… i want to come up with a list of comic artists who take commissions, then have YOU choose three by twitter poll. I will ask those three to read the film script for the third part of the Moon/Mute/? trilogy. I will then ask them to pick any moment in the story
— Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) April 26, 2019
If I understand it correctly, Jones originally wanted the chosen three to chose a moment from the script to the third film in his trilogy and illustrate it. Now, it would seem, this Twitter originated shout-out has morphed into a full fledged graphic novel with Alex de Campi and a whole host of artists who will, it seems, help illustrate the third and final part of Jones’s planned sci-fi trilogy to be called MADI: Once Upon a Time in the Future.
Only one page has been released, but it looks amazing. But then, it is by sci-fi artist extraordinaire, Dylan Teague.
Big announcement from me & @alexdecampi on our graphic novel!
Here we go…
“MADI: Once Upon a Time in the Future” into your lives…
An amazing array of art talent, a story I am very proud of, and a graphic novel you NEED in your lives! ❤️ pic.twitter.com/UTmgItMIi8
— Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) March 9, 2020
Judging by this one-pager, it has the feel of a classic Humanoids, or Metal Hurlant stylesci-fi saga to it. It also has a rather splendid line-up too; all voted for by the public. Wow, why can’t democracy in action always result in such a win? Only in comics, it would seem. Also invoked are the likes of heavyweight comic book veterans, and relative newcomers, such as Duncan Fegredo, Glenn Fabry, LRNZ, Ed Ocaña, André Araujo, Scott Hampton, Rosemary, Valero-O’Connell and more.
Obviously, we’ll keep our eye on this interesting new graphic novel project and bring you all the news when we hear anything.