Orloff will pen biopic on Fleming


The writer who took on Daniel Pearl will tackle the creator of 007. John Orloff, who penned Par Vantage's "A Mighty Heart," about the slain Wall Street Journal reporter, has been brought on to pen the screenplay for "Fleming," a biopic about Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond.

Leonardo DiCaprio shingle Appian Way and Warner Bros. are developing the story, which will look at critical moments in the life of the colorful author and journalist. Andrew Lazar/ Mad Chance also are producing.

The son of a Parliament member, Fleming served as an intelligence officer in the British Navy and later created the Bond character.

The author penned the first Bond book, "Casino Royale," in 1953 and went on to write a total of 14 Bond novels featuring the debonair spy. Among them were "Live and Let Die," "The Spy Who Loved Me" and "Goldfinger." Fleming also wrote the children's book "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang." He died in 1964.

The CAA-repped Orloff is attached to write laid-off businessman tale "How Starbucks Saved My Life" for Playtone and animal adventure "Guardians of Ga'Hoole" for Warners. (partialdiff)