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Morgan & Sheen To Reteam For Third Tony Blair Movie!!

Published at: Dec. 16, 2008, 10:59 p.m. CST by hercules

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Screenwriter Peter Morgan and actor Michael Sheen, who collaborated on two movies about Tony Blair (as well as the Blair-free historical drama “Frost/Nixon”), will make a third movie about Blair -- this time focusing on the British prime minister’s friendship with Bill Clinton. Titled “The Special Relationship,” the third Blair film will mark Morgan’s feature directorial debut. The earlier Blair films – “The Deal” (which followed Blair’s ascension) and “The Queen” (set against the aftermath of Princess Diana’s death) - were directed by Stephen Frears. Find all of Variety’s story on the matter here.

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  • Dec. 16, 2008, 12:50 a.m. CST

    The Blaire Ultimatum

    by Rev. Slappy

    This time it's personal.

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 12:56 a.m. CST

    The Blaire Necessities

    by Zeegloo

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 12:59 a.m. CST

    Blair/Clinton

    by Zeegloo

    Featuring Russel Crowe as Bill Clinton.

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 1 a.m. CST

    Wow sorry

    by Zeegloo

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 1:04 a.m. CST

    The Blair Witch Project 3

    by seppukudkurosawa

    Seriously, the man doesn't have enough of a personality to milk for one movie, let alone three.

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 1:09 a.m. CST

    ZzZ--top already.

    by noncents

    Make something from a source other than something that is commercially recognized.

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 1:18 a.m. CST

    I WILL WAIT FOR THE PORNO VERSION

    by Mullah Omar

    A film titled THE SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP begs for the XXX treatment.

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 1:30 a.m. CST

    even non-fiction is becoming a franchise

    by wbrownley

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 1:59 a.m. CST

    Michael Sheen is the most underrated actor.

    by AnnoyYou

    He totally knocks it out of the park in every movie (yes, even in the stupid Underworld series) and yet he gets no love. I have no idea why this is so, but it must stop.

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 2:59 a.m. CST

    Go ahead and Laugh and make Puns...

    by Jose_Jones

    But these guys all do good work. Frears, is a great filmmaker doing films, like these, and "Dirty Pretty things" but then giving us something amazing like "high fidelity"...though he has no involvement this time around, I think this film could bridge the gap between us and the brits, seeing how this installment will have a bit to do with us as well (Clinton). Though I don't see a wide release here in the states, since only about 10 people clinked on the link and fewer had something to say about it.

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 3:18 a.m. CST

    Who Blairs Wins

    by manicart1

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 3:18 a.m. CST

    Where Eagles Blair

    by manicart1

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 3:57 a.m. CST

    Jose Jones said it best...

    by Darth_Tarantino

    ...well, he said everything I was going to say, so I guess it's not worth saying again. So yes, this should be a damn good watch. Wish we could get Sheen for the 11th Doctor. Jose - I was listening to 'Crackity Jones' this morning :D

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 4:19 a.m. CST

    How about Bliar, Bliar?

    by photoboy

    The story of how Blair lied to the world about WMD intelligence just so he could justify invading Iraq?<br><br> It could be like Run Lola Run or Sliding Doors and have alternate storylines: one where he's given full knowledge of Iraq's weapons capabilities and then lies about the WMDs being able to reach Britain (the intelligence was for battlefield munitions only).<br><br> Then the other story could be where Blair is so incompetent he doesn't even bother asking the intelligence services anything about what sort of weapons Iraq has because he doesn't give two shits about the lives of the British soldiers he's sending to their deaths.<br><br> Of course the problem with these two timelines is that they both result in an illegal war because Blair was going to war as soon as he could find any old flimsy excuse to justify it.

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 4:29 a.m. CST

    Blairy Movie 3

    by papabendi

    Sheen is in danger of becoming an impressionist; 3 Blairs, David Frost, Kenneth Williams (Carry On films), Brian Clough (famous English soccer manager)... The man has talent in bags but he probably needs a break from playing actual real personalities.

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 4:36 a.m. CST

    Heard about this a while ago

    by supertoyslast

    With Sheen playing Blair in The Deal and The Queen, I was really looking forward to the conclusion of the kinda-trilogy with a project about the build-up to the Iraq war. But Morgan said that he would have no interest in telling that story and would prefer to examine events prior to September 11th. Given the timeframe, I guess much of the film will be about Kosovo - thus foreshadowing Iraq (kinda).

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 4:47 a.m. CST

    The Blair Bitch Project

    by Horace Cox

    AKA this talkback.

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 4:48 a.m. CST

    Blairspray

    by Horace Cox

    The Musical.

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 4:49 a.m. CST

    An American Blairwolf in London

    by Horace Cox

    Ok, ok... I'll fuck off.

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 4:50 a.m. CST

    Blair we go again.

    by barnaby jones

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 6:05 a.m. CST

    Sad

    by NudeandAroused

    Tony Blair could have been a great man. He had to buddy up with Bush. Sheen, however, is one of the better actors around and does not get the respect that he deserves.

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 6:15 a.m. CST

    The Blair-Clintonhof Komplex

    by Conqueror Worm

    Blair was one the best British Prime Ministers at one of the worst times to be a British Prime Minister.</p> On September 11th 2001 he had to make a choice - to back the Americans or back the restrained mood in Europe, he made the correct choice, but then he had to decide again in 2003 with the invasion of Iraq.</p> I think he made the right choice, the war on Iraq wasn't the correct thing to at that time, especially as the battles in Afganistan were still ongoing, but Blair had to back the Americans, else look like the French (who had their own reasons for not attacking Iraq i.e. Oil).</p> I look forward to this film.

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 6:29 a.m. CST

    How is going to play Bertie aherne..

    by emeraldboy

    That is what I want to know. Aherne's attitude to the war was correct. AHerne had the sense not to piss of the americans as our economy depended on american investement. Aherne sat on the fence. but made it clear that ireland was still a friend to the US. By allowing us war planes to land at shannon. this pissed the irish left no end. The irish left hate america. But now we have a bigger problem. The lisbon NO Camp who are Europe Haters. HOw will brown fall. By getting Britain to join the euro. and in that way Cameron will become PM.

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 6:32 a.m. CST

    Micheal Sheen will be nominated..

    by emeraldboy

    For frost nixon.

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 6:36 a.m. CST

    Yeah, cause The Queen so left me wanting more Blair

    by Drath

    What a joke. Where's that Margaret Thatcher movie anyway? Judi Dench is waiting for the call.

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 6:40 a.m. CST

    This is a bad idea.

    by KazamaSmokers

    The Valéry Giscard d'Estaing biography that Charlie Sheen and Harry Morgan made was a goddamn mess on the screen!

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 6:41 a.m. CST

    Lame attempt to rehabilitate Blair's image

    by BurnHollywood

    The only story that needs to be told is why such a promising, accomplished PM would throw his career and reputation away to back a moron like Dubya.<p> Seriously...who gives a rat's ass about his relationship to Clinton?

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 6:49 a.m. CST

    Morgan Freeman & Charlie Sheen

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    Back together for the the third and final film in a trilogy about the life and work of Selma Blair!<p>This is great news. I, for one, cannot get enough of Charlie Sheen's performance as Selma Blair. Such a tranformation - it's Oscar worthy stuff.<p>I also like Morgan Freeman's performance as a dignified black guy.

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 7:49 a.m. CST

    "The Special Friendship"

    by Lucasblows

    Seriously? That's what it's called? Sounds extremely gay.

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 7:59 a.m. CST

    GlenBlairy Glen Ross

    by TheBlackKnight

    I have no opinion on the matter.

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 8:02 a.m. CST

    Worst title ever

    by Jor-El23

    Is this an after school special for 3rd graders? Or a Lifetime movie about a child molester?

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 8:14 a.m. CST

    Why not make a movie version of "Nixon in China"?

    by ricarleite

    Oh wait

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 8:54 a.m. CST

    Sheen is one of my fave actors

    by Purgatori

    but even he couldn't make me sit through Timeline. Not even him AND Gerard Butler. Dude needs an Oscar.

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 9:21 a.m. CST

    blair and blairerer.

    by alice 13

    blair crush.

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 10 a.m. CST

    Blairspray

    by King_Knut

    Is that the porno version you were after, Mullah?

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 10:11 a.m. CST

    What the fuck...

    by Mosquito March

    ...does any of this have to do with The Facts of Life?

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 10:55 a.m. CST

    Blairback Mountain in 3-D

    by JustyHakubi

    Ah... and why the hell are they making 3 movies based on Tony Blair again? It's not like he's Winston freakin' Churchill.

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 11:28 a.m. CST

    "The Special Friendship?" How delightfully British.

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 11:49 a.m. CST

    SLING BLAIRE

    by ArcadianDS

    By jove, this antiquated grass trimming device is devoid of petrol!

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 11:52 a.m. CST

    Thought for sure it was another Hotshots

    by DaBUU

    Part 3! But alas Morgan Freeman was not in the first 2

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 11:52 a.m. CST

    An ABlaire to Remember

    by ArcadianDS

    Why Big Ben is indeed the most swimmingly brilliant edifice in the whole of our grand city.

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 11:54 a.m. CST

    Daddy DayBlaire

    by ArcadianDS

    My word old chum, but I've not seen hide nor hair of that little Flash moppet in nigh unto a fortnight!

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 12:29 p.m. CST

    NOW THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT!

    by uberman

    How am I going to sleep knowing that this is comming out? Will there be a Special Edition Blu Ray with the deleted scenes? Will Wal-Mart be carrying the action figures? Is this PG or PG13? I just love going to films like this and watching C-SPAN all day. Yeah!

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 1:25 p.m. CST

    Oh! I get it now... It's three movies based on Ric Flair...

    by JustyHakubi

    Not Tony Blair. That makes much more sense.

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 1:27 p.m. CST

    Blair is a GLOBALIST and a scumbag ELITIST

    by shogunshin

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 1:27 p.m. CST

    Michael Sheen in The Facts of Life: The Movie

    by Royston Lodge

    He plays Blair. Get it? Get it?! I'M SO FUNNY!

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 1:30 p.m. CST

    Shit Mosquito March already made that joke...

    by Royston Lodge

    Ok ok, Michael Sheen in Gossip Girl: The Movie! A ha! I still got it!

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 1:43 p.m. CST

    Cristian Bale's next reboot franchise here.

    by Diagnostic

    Blair Begins

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 2:28 p.m. CST

    Who funds these political movies? (Including Stone's "W"?)

    by Prof. Pop-Cult

    I'm genuinely baffled as to how there are rich people with money who like the idea of investing in the production of movies like these.

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 3:31 p.m. CST

    Mark Cuban funded W

    by ArcadianDS

    with all his mad insider trading profits. Hope he likes prison

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 4:13 p.m. CST

    The Care Blairs

    by JoeSixPack

    Cuddly Tony Blairs teach children valuable lessons.

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 5:03 p.m. CST

    Glad to see this covered at AICN

    by bravogolfhotel

    Morgan and Sheen are the Apatow and Rogen of the political drama.

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 5:05 p.m. CST

    hey cool....

    by The Amazing G

    this is about the witch babe from Soul Eater right? oh wait it's not....

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 5:26 p.m. CST

    After seeing Behind closed doors..

    by emeraldboy

    the fascinating and enthralling new series from Lawrence rees. Perhaps the most chilling thing that I saw was concentration camp that was liberated by the russians. Pows in this camp were told to that were no justice 4 them and that they would be there for a very long. The Russians ran this camp in similar way to Gitmo. Depsite all the talk of never forgetting the poles. One polish solider in the uk told the story that he was walking along a road with his girlfriend and car pulled up and a senior british soldier pointed at this polish soldier and said didnt you know the war is over. He headed back to poland and despite what Churchill had said to the polish. anyone who worked with the allies in poland where told to shut up about it.

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 5:33 p.m. CST

    Made me think

    by CaseyMcCall

    Of Morgan Freeman and Martin Sheen. I am too shallow.

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 8:25 p.m. CST

    They were always going to make this

    by Larry of Arabia

    The three are part of a trilogy they planned, each focusing on a different aspect of Blair's place in history and relationship with those around him. The first two, especially "The Queen," were brilliant. I'm anxious to see this one.

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 9:02 p.m. CST

    Blair Begins

    by Orbots Commander

    ...with Christopher Nolan directing. A dark, grim take on Tony Blair. A guaranteed hit I tells 'ya.

  • Dec. 16, 2008, 9:07 p.m. CST

    Crap. Somebody beat me to it. How about...

    by Orbots Commander

    Blair-back Mountain: about the secret forbidden love between Blair and Clinton. Think about that twangy guitar music and shots of deep meaningful looks between Tony and Bill.

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 1:06 a.m. CST

    about the Puns..

    by Jose_Jones

    I'd be lying if I didn't say a few of them are pretty funny..remind me of snakes on a planes hey day, and chuck norris jokes. And Darth_ I got "Doolittle" on Vinyl, so "Crackity Jones" has never sounded so good.

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 6:43 a.m. CST

    Tony Blair is C-3PO...

    by SeXX ED

    ... SIX movies bout dat as of now.

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 7:02 a.m. CST

    Blaird Runner

    by SomaShine

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 7:03 a.m. CST

    Natural Blair Killers

    by SomaShine

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 7:05 a.m. CST

    Blairpocolypse Now

    by SomaShine

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 7:26 a.m. CST

    Holy Blairing Bushes BATMAN!!!

    by Neosamurai85

    There Will Be Blair, Love in the Time of Blair,Blairwars: Attack of the Clintons, No Country for Old Bush - I mean Blair! AND THAT PORN VERSION YOU'VE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR: Bill and Blair: The Bare Blair Bears. Now... I go take my final exam. Peace

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 8:32 a.m. CST

    Orbots Commander

    by TheBlackKnight

    You are still beaten.

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 10:08 a.m. CST

    SeXX Ed..

    by emeraldboy

    I have always thought about Blair. George Bush is R2 D2. Anthony Daniels and Kenny Baker cant stand each other. When Kenny Bakers wife died. Anthony Daniels got an invite and didnt even respond. didnt even pick up the phone. or write or anything. Anthony Daniels has no sense of humor. and admitted that he wont sign autographs. oh and he likes the bottle.

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 12:40 p.m. CST

    Okay, okay, okay....I got one:

    by Orbots Commander

    MAD BLAIR: BEYOND THUNDERDOME (For the fellas) Or- BLAIR, ACTUALLY (For the ladies).

  • Dec. 17, 2008, 5:02 p.m. CST

    I have three..

    by emeraldboy

    an ablair to remember. State blair. My blair lady.

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