Variety confirmed Wednesday that Killing Eve and Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge has been brought in to do a pass over on the Bond 25 script.
This story comes just ahead of the untitled James Bond film’s principal photography, which is still on track to begin in late April. Bond himself Daniel Craig requested Waller-Bridge’s assistance directly, citing the script could use a bit more humor. The Emmy-and BAFTA-nominated screenwriter and actor is particularly well known for her quirky sense of sarcastic humor, which Craig excels at delivering as the popular spy.
Sources tell the outlet that director Cary Fukunaga (True Detective) is fully aware of Craig’s wishes and the studio’s decision to oblige.
This is another hiccup on the road to getting the upcoming 25th film in the series, and Craig’s fifth, made and in theaters. The film was originally slated for release October of 2019, but was pushed back to April 2020 following the exit of multiple directors, including Academy Award-winner Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, 28 Days Later).
Bond 25 (or whatever it winds up being called) is reportedly Daniel Craig’s last outing as the James Bond, so it makes sense he would want the script to be in the best shape possible prior to shooting.
What do you make of this news? Does a rewrite so close to scheduled production worry you further about Bond 25? Or do you believe in Craig and Fukunaga? Sound off in the comments below and let me know your thoughts!