According to Variety, Amid rampant rumors that Daniel Craig was firmly in the crosshairs to play the next 007 in Casino Royale, Warner Bros. has made a deal to mount a movie about James Bond creator Ian Fleming.
Fleming has been scripted by Damian Stevenson and will be produced by Andrew Lazar through his Mad Chance banner.
The script ells 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, and that book has been dusted off for the 21st film in the series.