Duncan Jones to Direct Ian Fleming Biopic; Production Begins This Year

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Though the next James Bond film, Skyfall, is due later this year, another kind of Bond films is already in the works.  It was announced that Duncan Jones (Moon) has signed on to direct “the action-packed” story of James Bond creator Ian Fleming.  Jones had this to say about the gig:

“Fleming lived through one of the most perilous periods in world history, in a position that allowed him a unique vantage point of all the players, all the stakes.  He witnesses true heroism first-hand.  And he saw the evil men could do.  Then, when the war ended, he went off to write fiction. The essential question for me is; where did Ian Fleming end and Bond begin?”

The author masterminded real-life secret operations before he created the James Bond book series, so there’s obviously quite a lot to draw from.  Hit the jump for more details.

ian-fleming-movieThe pic is based on Andrew Lycett’s biography Ian Fleming, The Man Behind James Bond, and Matt Brown wrote the script.  Jones is currently casting the pic and production is slated to begin later this year.  Moreover, the untitled biopic is the only film to be given the full support of The Ian Fleming Estate.

I’m a huge fan of Jones’ Moon and I thought he branched out well with the trippy and action-oriented Source Code, so I’m basically onboard for whatever project he decides to do next.  The fact that it’s a spy story about the creator of James Bond makes this follow-up all the more intriguing.  Jones was apparently on a list of names considered to replace Gary Ross on the Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire before Francis Lawrence landed the job, so it’s obvious that he’s quickly becoming a hot commodity.  That said, it’s encouraging to see him continue to choose atypical and interesting material. Read the full press release below.

CANNES, FRANCE. Duncan Jones, the BAFTA Award-winning British director of Moon and international box office hit Source Code, will direct the action-packed story of one of Britain’s most celebrated yet mysterious legends – James Bond creator Ian Fleming.

Before Ian Fleming became the globally renowned best-selling author, his own life was no less exciting than that of the hero he created. Fleming travelled the world and masterminded real life top-secret operations, inspiring him to create James Bond. Duncan Jones’ take will explore and tie together those events in the author’s life that gave birth to Britain’s greatest superspy.

Duncan Jones remarked – “Fleming lived through one of the most perilous periods in world history, in a position that allowed him a unique vantage point of all the players, all the stakes.  He witnesses true heroism first-hand.  And he saw the evil men could do.  Then, when the war ended, he went off to write fiction. The essential question for me is; where did Ian Fleming end and Bond begin?”

K5 Film (Oliver Simon and Daniel Baur), PalmStar Media Capital’s Kevin Frakes and Liberty Films’ Stuart Fenegan will produce the film in association with Jim Young and Robert Laycock of the Ian Fleming Estate.  K5 International will handle worldwide rights.

Jones is currently in the process of casting the film, which is based on the authoritative biography “Ian Fleming, The Man Behind James Bond” by Andrew Lycett, and is anticipated to go into production later this year. It is the only film to be given the full support of The Ian Fleming Estate.

Kevin Frakes says, “Fleming is a larger than life character and it’s fantastic to be bringing him to the big screen with Duncan.”

“Duncan is one of the hottest directors currently working in film and everyone has been waiting to see what he would do next,” say K5’s Co-Founding Partners Oliver Simon and Daniel Baur.

Stuart Fenegan commented, “The opportunity to make a period action film about the life of Fleming and origins of Bond – a hero we all grew up idolising – is too great for Duncan and me to resist.”




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