Loncraine Takes Over Morgan’s “Relationship”

Richard Loncraine (“Firewall,” “Band of Brothers,” “My House in Umbria”) has replaced Peter Morgan as director of “The Special Relationship” for HBO Films/BBC Films says the trades.

Morgan penned the script about the unique and sometimes turbulent political relationship between newly installed British Prime Minister Tony Blair and U.S. President Bill Clinton in the late 1990s.

Michael Sheen and Helen McCrory will reprise the roles of Tony and Cherie Blair which they played in the Morgan-penned “The Queen”. Dennis Quaid and Julianne Moore will play Bill and Hilary Clinton.

Morgan will remain “integrally involved in every aspect of the production” in his role as a writer/executive producer said an HBO spokesperson. Reasons for Morgan not directing were not disclosed, though the scribe recently signed on to co-write the next James Bond film.

Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, Andy Harries and Christine Langan will also executive produce. Shotoing is slated to begin July 20th in London.