James Bond screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade aren’t waiting for 007 to be freed from MGM’s financial purgatory. Risky Business reports that the pair is moving forward with writing a new globe-trotting action film based on an idea from Michael Lieber and Walter Parks. The film:
Takes place among the nomadic Taureg tribes of West Africa, an area rich with uranium that has become a focal point for both energy companies and terrorist states. An American anthropologist is thrust into this geopolitical mess when he must travel back to the Sahara to help a former research subject who has been accused of a terrorist attack.
Okay, so an anthropologist isn’t quite a highly-trained spy, but when the spy is unavailable you take what you can get.