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“Fleabag” and “Killing Eve” creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge has been brought in to polish the script for the next James Bond film, Variety has confirmed.
News of Waller-Bridge’s involvement on the currently untitled Bond film, the 25th in the long-running franchise and the fifth to star Daniel Craig, first appeared in Britain’s Observer newspaper on Sunday. A source with knowledge of the situation confirmed that the British writer was indeed taking a pass through the script and that director Cary Fukunaga was fully aware of the decision. The source said production remained on track to begin at the end of April.
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Waller-Bridge’s involvement came at the direct request of Craig, according to the Observer, which said Craig felt the script needed a polish to add more humor. The Emmy- and BAFTA-nominated writer is known for her offbeat, caustic humor and strong characterization.
She recently concluded an off-Broadway run of her award-winning one-woman play, which formed the basis of the hit show “Fleabag.” The off-Broadway production was produced by Annapurna, which is a co-distribution partner on “Bond 25” in the U.S. via United Artists Releasing, its joint distribution venture with MGM. The TV incarnation of “Fleabag” recently concluded its second, and reportedly final, season in the U.K. and will stream on Amazon Prime in the U.S. from May 17. Season 2 of “Killing Eve” began airing on BBC America on April 7.
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