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The Special Relationship – Dennis Quaid as Bill Clinton

Posted by LiveFor on May 7, 2010

The Special Relationship is an American/British political film directed by Richard Loncraine from a screenplay by Peter Morgan. It stars Michael Sheen as Tony Blair and Dennis Quaid and Bill Clinton.

It’s the third film in Morgan’s informal Blair trilogy, which dramatizes the political career of Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Tony Blair (1997-2007), following The Deal (2003) and The Queen (2006), both directed by Stephen Frears.

The first drafts of The Special Relationship dealt with Blair’s working relationships with Presidents of the United States Bill Clinton (1993-2001) and George W. Bush (2001-2009). But Morgan excised the Bush scenes from subsequent drafts because he found the Blair/Clinton dynamic more interesting. He intended to make his directorial debut with the film but backed out a month before filming began and was replaced by Loncraine. The film is produced by Rainmark Films and backed by HBO Films and BBC Films.

The film also stars Hope Davis as Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Helen McCrory as Cherie Blair. Principal photography on locations in and around London, England ran from July 20 to September 4, 2009. The film will be broadcast on HBO in the United States on May 29, 2010. Optimum Releasing will distribute it in cinemas in the United Kingdom on May 7, 2010.
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Sam Mendes to direct James Bond 23

Posted by LiveFor on January 5, 2010

Looks like Sam Mendes (American Beauty) is in negotiations to direct the 23rd installment of the venerable James Bond franchise according to THR.

Production is being fast-tracked and could begin as early as June with an eye toward a 2011 release. Plans for the film are moving forward despite a possible sale of MGM. Sony co-produced and distributed the most recent installment of the 007 series with MGM.

Bond regulars Neal Purvis and Robert Wade are writing, along with “Frost/Nixon” scribe Peter Morgan. Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli are producing. Daniel Craig will reprise his role as 007.

The film will be Mendes’ first action-heavy project, although his 2005 effort “Jarhead” was set amid U.S. war in Kuwait. Mendes’ last directorial effort, the road-trip dramedy “Away We Go,” grossed $10 million domestically last summer.

Could be good, could be bad. Still don’t have a proper grasp on what Mendes can do. I kind of enjoy his films, but they just don’t grab me. He is also attached to the Preacher adaption.

Is Mendes the right choice for Daniel Craig’s third mission as Bond? What do you want to see in the next Bond film?

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Michael Sheen as Blofeld? Throw me a frickkin’ bone here

Posted by LiveFor on June 17, 2009

Last week a press release went round saying that James Bond 23 had a new screenwriter in Peter Morgan.

According to The Guardian, actor Michael Sheen is in negotiations to portray the villain in Bond 23.

Sheen would portray Ernst Stavro Blofeld, a Bond villain who has appeared in six previous Bond films and he’s been portrayed by actors such as Donald Pleasance, Telly Sevales, Charles Grey and the villain was also the inspiration for Dr. Evil in the Austin Powers film series.

Sheen has previously worked with the new Bond 23 writer Peter Morgan in several films, including The Queen, The Last King of Scotland, last year’s Best Picture nominee Frost/Nixon and The Damned United. Plus he was a werewolf in the Underworld films so he does have a bit of a range.

Now as a scriptwriter has only been announced I seriously doubt that they have got as far as casting. However, Sheen is a top actor (although I always see a bit of Tony Blair in him) and would be good at grounding the Blofeld character in the slightly more realistic Bond Universe that has been shown in the Daniel Craig era.

I still think they should set up the Bond name as an ID given to all 007 agents which would make it so much easier for all future updates to the franchise and they could do the same with Blofeld. Have the name given to all leaders of SPECTRE.

What do you think of the rumour? Would Sheen make a good Blofeld?

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Bond 23 has The Queen and Frost/Nixon screenwriter attached

Posted by LiveFor on June 12, 2009


Some interesting news regarding the next James Bond film has come to light via AICN

MORGAN, PURVIS & WADE TO WORK ON BOND, JAMES BOND


LOS ANGELES, CA June 12, 2009 – Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli of EON Productions Ltd and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures have today announced that Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon, The Queen), Neal Purvis and Robert Wade (Quantum of Solace, Casino Royale) will be the screenwriters of the 23rd James Bond adventure.

Daniel Craig will reprise his role as Ian Fleming’s James Bond 007 in the film, which will be a MGM release of an EON production. Bond 23 is the latest installment in the longest-running franchise in motion picture history and will be produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli. A date for the start of production is yet to be confirmed.
 
 “Peter, Neal and Robert are extraordinarily talented and we’re looking forward to working with the three of them,” commented Wilson and Broccoli.

 Peter Morgan is the award-winning writer of such films as The Last King of Scotland, The Queen and Frost/Nixon, which was based on his play. He has also scripted the upcoming The Special Relationship for HBO and Hereafter for DreamWorks. He will turn his attention to Bond 23 on completion of these duties. Morgan is represented by UTA (US) and Independent Talent Group (UK).
 
Since 1991 Neal Purvis and Robert Wade have collaborated on a diverse range of projects including The Italian Job, Johnny English and the past four Bond films. They recently adapted John Le Carre’s The Mission Song and are also working on the upcoming sequel The Brazilian Job. Purvis and Wade are represented by Endeavor (US), Casarotto Ramsay & Associates (UK).


Now I loved Casino Royale but was left disappointed with Quantum of Solace. Hopefully, having a great writer like Morgan onboard means the next Bond (rumoured to be set in Afghanistan) will be another fine addition.

Do you think Morgan will write a good Bond film? What or who do you want to see in it?

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Dennis Quaid to play Bill Clinton

Posted by LiveFor on March 25, 2009

Dennis Quaid will star as President Clinton, Michael Sheen will portray British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Julianne Moore will play Hillary Clinton in “The Special Relationship,” an HBO film about the unique and sometimes turbulent political relationship between the newly installed PM and the U.S. president.

The film isn’t greenlit yet but is expected to mark the directing debut of “Frost/Nixon” playwright Peter Morgan, who wrote the screenplay.

Sheen, who starred as David Frost in “Frost/Nixon,” played Blair in the Morgan-scripted “The Deal” and “The Queen.” Helen McCrory, who played Cherie Blair in “The Queen,” will reprise that role in “The Special Relationship.”

Quaid as Clinton? Anyone else seeing that? Moore as Hillary?

Source: Variety

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