“Source Code” helmer Duncan Jones has signed on to direct a biopic about James Bond author Ian Fleming, whose life was as exciting as the hero he created.
K5 Film’s Oliver Simon and Daniel Baur, PalmStar Media Capital’s Kevin Frakes and Liberty Films’ Stuart Fenegan will produce the pic, with the working title “Fleming,” in association with Jim Young of Animus Films and Robert Laycock of the Ian Fleming Estate.
K5, which is fully financing the pic with PalmStar, will handle worldwide sales rights via its K5 Intl.
Fleming served as a Naval intelligence officer for the Royal Navy in WWII, helping to mastermind secret operations around the world. His adventures inspired him to create 007.
“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,” said Jones. “He witnessed 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?”
Jones is currently casting the pic, based on the biography “Ian Fleming, the Man Behind James Bond,” by Andrew Lycett.
It will go into production this year.
Jones is repped by CAA in the U.S. and Independent Talent Group in London.
Matt Brown penned the script. He is repped by CAA.