Thursday, November 01, 2007

Peter Morgan interview

In The New York Times, Caryn James talks to Peter Morgan about his career so far, including his forthcoming screen adaptation of his own Writers' Guild Award-nominated play, Frost/Nixon.
As soon as the play had its premiere at the Donmar Warehouse in London, there was enormous interest in the film rights from a list of directors with intellectual and artistic cachet, including Martin Scorsese, Sam Mendes and George Clooney. [Ron] Howard, whose last film was “The Da Vinci Code,” doesn’t seem like the obvious guy to pick, but Mr. Morgan had at least one shrewd show-business reason for choosing him. “Frost/Nixon” is, as Mr. Morgan put it, “a talky, talky, talky piece, and it’s about a political interview.” But, he said, “it’s an extremely accessible piece of entertainment, and I wanted somebody whose name up on the poster would make an audience feel comfortable.”

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