Leonard Dicaprio’s production company Appian Way is set to produce Fleming, a biopic of James Bond creator, Ian Fleming.
Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company Appian Way will produce Fleming, a biopic of James Bond creator Ian Fleming, along with Andrew Lazar (Confessions of a Dangerous Mind). The Titanic star may also portray the late author.
“It’s going to be very different from the Bond films,” Lazar informed The Los Angeles Times. “There are a lot of different ways to crack biopics, but we’re not trying to emulate a Bond movie … The idea that this guy’s life informed the James Bond character is pretty fascinating.”
The paper added, “During the writers’ strike, DiCaprio showed interest in Fleming and his world, but he’s looking to take the script in a different direction with a new writer.”
British screenwriter Damian Stevenson penned the original script, which Warner Bros. bought in 2005. Variety reported at the time that “Fleming tells the story of how the author’s own experiences with womanizing and spying shaped his signature secret agent creation. Born into a privileged English family, Fleming began as a comparative underachiever until a stint as a journalist covering the Soviet Union led him to begin spying on that country for the Foreign Office. Fleming was the mastermind of numerous clever spying schemes, some deemed too outlandish to use. He dreamed of becoming a daring secret agent and adapted his own womanizing feats and the stories he heard to craft the Bond novels. He unveiled 007 in Casino Royale in 1953.”
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