David Bowie was a proud dad when he got to see an early version of his son’s first big-budget film, Warcraft. Duncan Jones, Bowie’s son with first wife Angie Bowie, told Recode‘s Peter Kafka that the Universal Pictures movie was essentially done by the time his dad passed away of cancer in January.
“He got to see a rough cut of it and a couple finished sequences,” the writer-director said of the film, a largely CGI’d fantasy based on the video game series of the same name. “He’s a dad, what do dads do? He was proud of me, he was happy that I was working on something that looked so different. He was excited for me.”
Even with a middle name like Zowie, Jones admitted he just never got into music, “which would have been the obvious choice,” despite his dad’s unsuccessful attempts to get him to play various instruments. “But I was very much into film and my dad sort of taught me to use an 8-millimeter camera and taught me how to edit using a splicer,” he said, while also referring to Bowie’s film/TV career.
Jones, whose other films include 2009’s Moon and 2011’s Source Code, was asked whether his famous parentage has been a help or a hindrance to his career in film.
“I’ve been able to work under the name Duncan Jones without anyone making mention of it,” he admitted. “I’ve been able to get most of my work based on my show reel, so I’ve been successful in that pursuit. When I did finally get to do my first film, I knew that would be asked. And I kinda felt like, if I can deal with that for a couple films then by film three people would stop asking.”