Phoebe Waller-Bridge to shine ‘Bond 25’ script

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“Fleabag” and “Killing Eve” creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge has been introduced in to shine the script for the following James Bond movie, Selection has confirmed.

Information of Waller-Bridge’s involvement on the at present untitled Bond movie, the 25th within the long-running franchise and the fifth to star Daniel Craig, first appeared in Britain’s Observer newspaper on Sunday. A supply with information of the scenario confirmed that the British author was certainly taking a go by way of the script and that director Cary Fukunaga was totally conscious of the choice. The supply mentioned manufacturing remained on monitor to start on the finish of April.

Waller-Bridge’s involvement got here on the direct request of Craig, based on the Observerwhich mentioned Craig felt the script wanted a polish so as to add extra humor. The Emmy- and BAFTA-nominated author is thought for her offbeat, caustic humor and powerful characterization.

She just lately concluded an off-Broadway run of her award-winning one-woman play, which shaped the premise of the hit present “Fleabag.” The off-Broadway manufacturing was produced by Annapurna, which is a co-distribution associate on “Bond 25” within the U.S. through United Artists Releasing, its joint distribution enterprise with MGM. The TV incarnation of “Fleabag” just lately concluded its second, and reportedly closing, season within the U.Okay. and can stream on Amazon Prime within the U.S. from Might 17. Season 2 of “Killing Eve” started airing on BBC America on April 7.

This newest wrinkle on “Bond 25” follows a troubled script course of that noticed unique director Danny Boyle herald frequent collaborator John Hodge (“Trainspotting”) to transform the unique screenplay by common Bond writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade. Boyle and Hodge then left the challenge over artistic variations with producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, leading to a delay to the beginning of manufacturing and a subsequent delay to the deliberate launch, from October 2019 to April 2020.

Chatting with Empire journal earlier this 12 months, Boyle confirmed that he most well-liked to go away the movie than substitute Hodge as his author. “I work in partnership with author and I’m not ready to interrupt it up,” Boyle mentioned. “What John Hodge and I had been doing, I assumed, was actually good, however they didn’t need to go down that route with us. So we determined to half firm.”

Fukunaga was introduced as Boyle’s alternative in September 2018, with “Bourne Ultimatum” author Scott Z. Burns reportedly introduced in to do a rewrite in February this 12 months.

It’s not but identified whether or not Waller-Bridge will obtain a display screen credit score for her work on the screenplay. No feminine author has been credited on a Bond title since Irish author Johanna Harwood, who was introduced on to transform unique Bond title “Dr. No” and acquired an adaptation credit score on its 1963 follow-up, “From Russia With Love.”

Matt Donnelly contributed to this report.

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