Duncan Jones has been announced as the director of a new Ian Fleming biopic, which starts shooting later this year...

Ian Fleming Biopic Announced

19th May 2012

British director Duncan Jones will helm a biopic about the life of James Bond creator Ian Fleming, in a new project by production company K5 Film. The film is said to chart the life of Fleming, through is wartime service as a Naval Intelligence Office, his journalism, world travel, and of course his later years penning 007 adventures and seeing them make the silver screen before his death in 1964.

Unlike the previously touted Fleming biopic project, which was under stewardship of Leonardo DiCaprio, this newly announced film has the backing of the Ian Fleming estate, who are members of K5 Film. The company is headed by Oliver Simon and Daniel Baur, PalmStar Media Capital's Kevin Frakes and Liberty Films' Stuart Fenegan will produce in association with Jim Young and Robert Laycock of the Ian Fleming Estate. The project is already fully financed through K5 and PalmStar, and the distribution and international rights sales will be handled by K5 International.

Above: British director Duncan Jones.

The project was introduced to potential buyers this week at the Cannes Film Festival. Jones, who is now casting the film, will direct Matthew Brown's screenplay based off the biography 'Ian Fleming, the Man Behind James Bond' by Andrew Lycett.

He said: "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?"

“Fleming is a larger than life character and it’s fantastic to be bringing him to the big screen with Duncan. 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 [us] to resist. Duncan is one of the hottest directors currently working in film and everyone has been waiting to see what he would do next,” said K5’s Simon and Baur.

Jones made his feature film directorial debut with the phenomenal "Moon" (2009), which he followed up with the solid sci-fi outing "Source Code" (2011). Aside from the Fleming film, he is working on a follow-up to "Moon", and another science fiction film, called "Mute", which takes place in a future Berlin. His famous father, David Bowie, was wanted by producer Cubby Broccoli to play villain Max Zorin in the 1985 film "A View To A Kill", but the part eventually went to Oscar-winner Christopher Walken.

The Fleming biopic will start production later this year and open in cinemas in 2013.

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