Duncan Jones Exits ‘James Bond’ Creator’s Biopic

By November 25, 2013

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Well, here’s a case of “scheduling conflicts” that actually sounds like – gasp! – it’s rooted in actual conflicts between schedules.

The Wrap reports that Moon and Source Code director Duncan Jones has exited the upcoming Ian Fleming (yes, the author who gave us that smooth spy James Bond) biopic due to conflicts with his large-scale (and heavily anticipated) take on video game “World of Warcraft,” the simply titled Warcraft. 

Jones was reportedly quite “keen” to direct the film, also a simply titled affair known as Fleming, but his Warcraft workload has kept him from the project. The outlet reports that Fleming’s producers (including K5 International’s Oliver Simon and Daniel Baur, PalmStar Media Capital’s Kevin Frakes and Liberty Films’ Stuart Fenegan, as well as Jim Young and Robert Laycock from the Ian Fleming estate) could, quite understandably, not wait for Jones to complete Warcraft in two or so years. The film is based on Andrew Lycett’s biography of Fleming, and “is expected to explore the author’s life as a true international spy, which helped informed his James Bond books.”


Warcraft is set to start production early next year, and is currently aiming for a December 18, 2015 release date. Jones already impressed fans with a “mood piece” teaser trailer that wowed crowds at Comic-Con back in July, so while Fleming might be a casualty of that film, at least Jones seems to be on the right path with his current project.

Fleming’s producers are now actively looking for a new director, one “who can hit the ground running and start casting next year.” Any ideas?

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Kate Erbland
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