“The Queen,” “Frost/Nixon” and “The Last King of Scotland” scribe Peter Morgan has started work on a follow-up to “The Queen” which will examine former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair’s relationships with U.S. presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush reports Variety.
Morgan initially considered tackling the more obvious drama surrounding the run-up to the Iraq war, when Blair fatally compromised his own leadership through his wholehearted support for Bush’s invasion plans.
In the end Morgan decided that the roots of those events lay in Blair’s difficult adjustment to the handover of power from natural liberal ally Clinton to neo-conservative Bush and how that affected the relationship between Britain and America.
Michael Sheen is expected to reprise his role as Blair, the third time he’s played Blair following “The Queen” and the Channel 4 telemovie “The Deal” which was also by Morgan. Sheen is set to play legendary English soccer coach Brian Clough in another Morgan screenplay, “The Damned United,” which Tom Hooper begins filming next April.
Morgan is currently researching the project with a plan to start writing by the end of this year. Morgan recently finished a rewrite of “State of Play” and a draft of the adaptation of John le Carre’s “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” for Working Title.