Phoebe Waller-Bridge, the developer of Killing Eve and voice of Solo: A Star Wars Story’s L3-37, has been brought in to work on the script for the next James Bond film.
The request for Waller-Bridge to improve the script for Bond 25 was reportedly made by Daniel Craig himself, according to the Observer. The 007 actor is a fan of Killing Eve as well as Fleabag, the BBC comedy that Waller-Bridge created, wrote, and starred in.
The Observer reports that Craig felt that the Bond 25 script required some “polishing”, and would be improved by the humour and offbeat style that Waller-Bridge has become famed for.
Waller-Bridge will be working on a script originally penned by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, the veteran Bond duo behind every film in the series since 1999’s The World Is Not Enough.
Bond 25 is shaping up to be a fascinating new entry in the series. The production has been repeatedly delayed thanks to the original director, Trainspotting’s Danny Boyle, having quit the project. He was quickly replaced by Cary Joji Fukunaga, who previously directed the first season of True Detective. Recently, reports suggested that Rami Malek was nearing a deal to play the film’s villain.
The combination of a Waller-Bridge script and Fukunaga could well lead to a Bond unlike any other. Waller-Bridge’s sense of comedy is far more offbeat than that typically seen in a 007 film, while Fukunaga is known for stranger projects like Netflix’s existential nightmare, Maniac. While the constant switching, changes, and delays could have a negative impact on the project, there is potential that Bond 25 could head in a notably different direction from its last few predecessors.
Bond 25 is due for release in April 2020, and pre-production work has begun on location in Italy, Norway, Jamaica, and Pinewood Studios in the UK.
Matt Purslow is IGN UK’s News and Entertainment Writer and would be up for a weird, existential Bond flick. You can follow him on Twitter.
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