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Even though the James Bond series has moved on to Spectre, which is now the 8th highest-grossing movie of the year worldwide, there's still much to discuss about the previous installment. Thanks to the new book Some Kind of Hero: The Remarkable Story of the James Bond Films, we learn that the original incarnation of what became Skyfall was actually much darker. Here's what we know: Who were the original writers for the 23rd James Bond movie? Peter Morgan, who earned Oscar nominations for his scripts for The Queen and Frost/Nixon, collaborated with franchise regular Neal Purvis and Robert Wade. What was it called? Once Upon a Spy. Why did Morgan leave the production? Morgan's departure was first revealed after Sam Mendes signed on as director, but...
- Christopher Campbell
The massive success of "Skyfall" proved that the James Bond franchise had plenty of gas left in the tank, and it changed the game for the series, delving into the protagonist's personal history more than ever before. However, things might have played out much differently had the production gone the direction of screenwriter Peter Morgan's ("The Queen," "Frost/Nixon") original script. Digital Spy dug into the pages of "Some Kind of Hero: The Remarkable Story of the James Bond Films" by Matthew Field and Ajay Chowdhury, and it details Morgan's Cold War-set "Once Upon A Spy," the screenplay he wrote that was rejected by Sam Mendes and Bond producers. But the mechanics of it are pretty interesting. Read More: James Ellroy Says 'Skyfall' Is "Fucking Brilliant," But 'The Wire' Is "Bullshit" With "Bad Writing" The story would've revolved around M, starting in Cold War Berlin, where she has an affair. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
At this point, James Bond has pretty much done it all. He.s fought all the bad guys, he.s been with all the girls. You.d think at this point they.d be running out of ideas. It turns out, however, that there are actually ideas that they.ve had to turn down, even in recent James Bond films. The script that eventually became the blockbuster Skyfall was once a very different movie, and it included a scene where James Bond does something that would have turned the franchise on its head. He killed M. Peter Morgan, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of The Queen, tried his hand at writing a James Bond screenplay once upon a time. His script, entitled Once Upon A Spy, would have included flashbacks of Judi Dench.s M as a young MI6 agent herself. During this period, she had an affair with a Kgb agent. »
Details of abandoned screenplay, and its part in the success of 2012’s Skyfall, revealed in new book about the long-running spy series
A “lost” James Bond movie written by Peter Morgan, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of Frost/Nixon and The Queen, would have seen Daniel Craig’s 007 forced to kill Judi Dench’s spymaster M in a shock finale, according to a new book.
Morgan’s screenplay for the proposed film, titled Once Upon a Spy, was turned down by Bond producers and director Sam Mendes prior to the release of 2012’s Skyfall. However, the script’s key elements, which included a mistake from M’s past coming back to haunt her and the MI6 bigwig dying at the end, were retained for the $1.1bn blockbuster.
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- Ben Child
Sony’s long-gestating biopic of the legendary Queen frontman Freddie Mercury has found itself a new screenwriter, with The Tracking Board reporting that Anthony McCarten (The Theory of Everything) has signed on to revive the project and take over scripting duties from Peter Morgan (The Queen).
Sacha Baron Cohan had long been attached to the role of Mercury, before bowing out earlier this year due to creative differences with the surviving members of Queen. Johnny Flynn and Gemma Arterton are also set to appear as Roger Taylor and Mary Austin.
Production on the Freddie Mercury biopic is slated to get underway in June 2016.
- Gary Collinson
A biopic about Freddie Mercury has been kicking around Hollywood since 2010, when it was revealed that Sacha Baron Cohen would portray the Queen singer. However, Baron Cohen dropped out of the film in the summer of 2013, and in March 2014, the director hired to helm the biopic also departed the gestating project. Since then, the Mercury film has sat in stasis, but on Wednesday, Gk Films announced that they had hired a new screenwriter to kickstart the movie, Deadline reports.
A new writer has been found for the long-planned Freddie Mercury biopic. Anthony McCarten (The Theory Of Everything) has been hired by Gk Films to write the biopic of the late, legendary Queen frontman, and Spectre star Ben Whishaw is the hot favourite to play the lead.
The film is now being referred to as Bohemian Rhapsody, named after the famous Queen song. The film has had a host of big names attached to star in it in the past, the most recent being Sacha Baron-Cohen who, I feel, would have absolutely nailed it as Mercury. He departed the project citing ‘creating differences’ a little while back. The rumours were that Cohen was unhappy over the direction that the film was heading, and reportedly wanted to examine a few of the darker elements of the Queen story.
The film already has a draft by award-winning scribe Peter Morgan, »
- Paul Heath
Peter Morgan ("The Queen," "The Last King of Scotland") penned the first draft for the film and, should McCarten's re-write go well, Sony Pictures has the right to opt into the project. Though presently without a title, "Bohemian Rhapsody" is being floated as a possibility.
Ben Whishaw, who has no less than five films out this Fall (Spectre, Suffragette, The Lobster, The Danish Girl and In The Heart Of The Sea), is still reportedly being sought to play Mercury in the film. A director is not yet locked.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Variety‘s Hollywood’s New Leaders profiles those to look out for in the worlds of film, TV, digital and more. For more of the New Leaders, click here.
Alex Baskin, 35 (second from left)
Partner, Exec VP, Evolution Media
Since joining Evolution in 2006, Baskin has executive-produced over 20 series, specials and pilots, including ABC Family’s “Beverly Hills Nannies,” We’s “High School Confidential” and Disney’s hidden-camera comedy “Code: 9.” He oversees a development team of six. With his eye for spinoff potential, he’s produced nine seasons of “Real Housewives of Orange County,” six seasons of “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” four seasons of “Vanderpump Rules” (all for Bravo) and three seasons of “Botched” for E! The secret of his success: “I’m also a huge fan of these kinds of shows.”
Nick Bernstein, 38 (far left)
VP, late night programming, West Coast, CBS
Landing in late night was a lifelong dream for Bernstein, »
- Variety Staff
Directed by Afonso Poyart.
A clairvoyant physician is drawn out of retirement by the FBI in order to help investigate a serial killer who may have precognitive abilities of his own.
The script that would go on to become serial killer thriller Solace originated back in the early noughties as a sequel to David Fincher’s pitch-black 90s classic Se7en. Subsequently, the film spent a long time in development hell throughout the decade and the script by Ted Griffin (Ocean’s Eleven) received several rewrites, most recently from Frost/Nixon scribe Peter Morgan. Unfortunately, the end result suggests that you really can’t polish a cinematic turd.
- Tom Beasley
It’s ham and cheese to go from a luxuriantly mulleted Anthony Hopkins in this increasingly silly serial-killer thriller with a psychic twist. Cruising in default post-Lecter mode (I kept expecting him to tell Abbie Cornish’s FBI agent that she wears L’Air du Temps, but not today…), Hopkins plays retired clairvoyant physician Dr John Clancy, enlisted by Joe Merriwether (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) to lay his magic hands on a string of theatrically orchestrated murders. “It’s too early for a hail Mary!” complains Cornish, setting the overripe tone for the endlessly rewritten screenplay (astonishingly, Peter Morgan “polished” this turd), which was once touted as a potential sequel to Se7en. Fittingly, 2 Coelhos director Afonso Poyart goes for sub-Fincher flash throughout, making the whole thing look like a slightly creepy commercial with pop-promo set »
- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
Can you believe it's been seven years since Colin Morgan's boy wizard first strode onto our screens?
The series premiere of Merlin on September 20, 2008 set us off on a magical five-year journey - one with mythical monsters, wicked warlocks and excessive amounts of bromantic banter.
Millions tuned in each Saturday night for the show's blend of fun, fantasy and friendship - because Merlin and Arthur (Bradley James) were definitely just friends, Ok? - but what's happened to Camelot's finest since that epic final episode?
The aged Emrys might still be waiting for King Arthur to revive, but Merlin lead Colin Morgan hasn't lain dormant these past few years. He appeared opposite fellow Irish legend Gabriel Byrne in BBC One's moody detective drama Quirke in 2014, was seduced by Gillian Anderson as mercurial copper Tom Anderson in The Fall and played cyborg Leo in Channel 4's smash hit Humans. »
Partnering with a veteran FBI agent (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), the doctor races against time to track down the killer before he strikes again.
Afonso Poyart filmed the thriller on location in Atlanta in the summer of 2013.
Solace bows on September 25 in UK cinemas. »
Once conceived as a sequel to David Fincher’s excellent 1995 thriller Seven, Anthony Hopkins and Colin Farrell play a dangerous game of cat and mouse in the thrilling international trailer for Solace - or Prémonitions.
Operating on each side of the law, each of the two nominal leads boast psychic abilities, though while Hopkins’ former doctor John Clancy puts his supernatural powers to good use, it is Colin Farrell’s elusive criminal who taps into his powers for nefarious reasons. It’s a ying-yang dynamic that is by no means novel, but Hopkins and Farrell have long proven their acting clout, and we’re intrigued to see them go head-to-head for a cerebral battle of the brains in Solace.
- Michael Briers
Supernatural thrillers are often hit or miss for me, but the combination of cast and crew for a film called Solace has me more interested than I otherwise might be. The film stars Anthony Hopkins as a psychic who works with FBI agents (Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Abbie Cornish) to hunt down a serial killer, played by Colin Farrell. Newcomer Alfonso Poyart directs from a screenplay pieced together by a handful of names, including Sean Bailey, Peter Morgan (Rush), Ted Griffin (Ocean's Eleven), James Vanderbilt (Zodiac) and Jonathan Hirschbein. Obviously there is a lot going on there, and the fact so many writers have contributed to the script could certainly be a sign of trouble, but the names do add to the intrigue a bit. A little Google searching adds even more intrigue, as the film's Wikipedia page notes Solace was originally written as a sequel to David Fincher's Se7en »
- Jordan Benesh
Presenter Ben Shephard swiftly brought the anecdote to a halt, apologising to viewers during the interview with the Oscar winning actor who recently won her first Tony award for her stage role as the Queen in Peter Morgan’s The Audience.
Related: Bill Turnbull in C-word slip-up on BBC Breakfast
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Great news for the millions of Eleventh Doctor fans: it’s been confirmed that Matt Smith will play Prince Philip in a ten-part drama, The Crown! Matt will play the Duke of Edinburgh opposite Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II and (in pleasantly-surprising casting) John Lithgow as Winston Churchill! The series is based on Peter Morgan’s...
- Philip Bates
Back in November last year, it was announced that Claire Foy was in talks to play Queen Elizabeth II in Netflix’s new series The Crown. She’s officially taking the throne, and will be joined on screen by Matt Smith and John Lithgow. Adapted and expanded from Peter Morgan’s play The Audience by the writer himself, it’ll follow a similar timeline to the stage version, tracking the Queen's interactions with the many Prime Ministers that have come and gone during her reign. Foy is on to play Her Maj during the early part of her reign from the 1950s onwards, but there’s still no word on whether she’ll be the Queen throughout the whole story (the way Helen Mirren managed it on stage) or if she’ll hand over to other actors as the years pass. It’s also likely that the first season of »
Your Majesty, the doctor will see you now.
The series is based on Peter Morgan's play "The Audience" and is set over several decades around two of the world's most famous addresses - Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street.
This explores the inside story of those two addresses and the intrigues, romances and machinations behind the events that shaped post-war Britain. Foy will play Queen Elizabeth II, Smith will play her husband Prince Philip, Lithgow will play Prime Minister Winston Churchill.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
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