HBO telepic examines Clinton, Blair relationship alliance
HBO’s cross-Atlantic political telepic is set to arrive Stateside May 29.Pay cabler will preem “The Special Relationship,” which examines the extraordinary alliance between U.S. President Clinton and British Prime Minister Tony Blair from 1994-98. Script was penned by Peter Morgan (“The Queen,” “Frost/Nixon”). He also wrote the 2003 TV film “The Deal,” which focused on Blair’s pact with Gordon Brown about who would become prime minister. Brit helmer Richard Loncraine is directing. Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, Andrew Harries, Christine Langan and Morgan are exec producers. For the third time in his career, Blair will be played by Michael Sheen. Previously, Sheen played the 10 Downing St. resident in “The Deal” and “The Queen.” Dennis Quaid is set to portray Clinton. Hope Davis will play Hillary Rodham Clinton. In other HBO news, the New York Jets have been selected for summer docuseries “Hard Knocks.” Teams spotlighted previously include the Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys and Baltimore Ravens.