Empire is reporting that British director Duncan Jones has found his next project, an Ian Fleming biopic. For those not familiar with Fleming, he’s the author that created the character of James Bond.
The film will be based on Andrew Lycett’s authorized biography Ian Fleming: The Man Behind James Bond. Though still untitled, producer Stuart Fenegan says we can expect a “period action film.”
Jones also spoke on the film and had the following to say.
“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,” says 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?”
No word yet on who will play Fleming but I must say, this sounds like an interesting project for Jones. The director has been known for his sci-fi projects Moon and Source Code, which were both excellent. To see him moving into new territory is both exciting and intriguing. Admittedly, I was hoping he’d choose Mute or his Blade Runner inspired project as his next film but I’m still happy to see him tackling the Fleming biopic.
What has me curious is whether this is a test, to see if Jones is a suitable director to tackle an actual Bond film? If he succeeds with the Fleming biopic he may find himself next in line to direct a Bond film. After all, he proved that he can direct action and thrills with Source Code and personally, I’d love to see him try his hand at a Bond film.
What do you think?