EXCLUSIVE: The story of how the BBC got the bombshell interview with Prince Andrew about his friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein is set to be made into a movie Scoop, and Hugh Grant is one of the unconfirmed names on the wish list to portray the disgraced king, Deadline has learned.
Celebrated High Court Screenwriter Peter Moffat writes the scoop Screenplay for The Lighthouse Film & Television, a production company founded two years ago by Hilary Salmon, Radford Neville and Nick Betts alongside British indie TV Voltage TV.
The news is likely to be greeted with little amusement by Andrew’s mother, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and other members of the royal family. Buckingham Palace had hoped that the less seen and heard the better when it came to the misguided king.
The car accident interview had such an impact that the Duke of York was banished from his royal duties. He was notably absent during the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations last month.
Both Moffat and Salmon confirmed the news today, telling Deadline that production will ramp up quickly. Filming is scheduled to begin in November. No director has been assigned, nor has casting begun, although selected agents have received pitches. “The reaction is always the same: ‘Oh, wow,'” Salmon said.
When pressed about casting, Salmon said “we have thoughts, of course,” but stressed “no one’s attached to it,” and she wouldn’t comment on reports that Grant is in the mix.
Moffat explained that scoop is “something like the BBC news night The team got the information, then the actual shooting,” adding, “The other thing is, ‘Why did he agree to do it?'”
“How did he come to decide it was a good idea to do a big, long interview with Emily Maitlis on the BBC?” asked Moffat in disbelief as he reflected on the Duke’s arrogance, ignorance and charm. he “quite often covers up the bad stuff, I find that.”
scoop based on Scoops: Behind the scenes of the BBC’s most shocking interviews by Sam McAlister, a former news night Producer Salmon said she made her decision almost immediately.
Packed with juicy, jaw-dropping detail, McAlister recounts how she, Maitlis, Esme Wren, used to be news night Editor, now at Channel 4, and Stewart Maclean, then Deputy Editor at news night and now its editor has secured the interview with the Duke of York, which aired in November 2019, two months after Epstein was found dead in his prison cell.
Salmon and Moffat have worked together before undercover, silk, criminal justice and the current AMC show 61st street, It stars Courtney B. Vance, Aunjanue Ellis and Tosin Cole. A second season is finished.
So Maitlis news nightThe main presenter of , forensically investigated the Duke’s relationship with Epstein and his mistress Ghislaine Maxwell, who was convicted of child trafficking and other offenses last year and sentenced this month. During the interview, the prince said he regrets continuing to work with Epstein after the financier pleaded guilty to soliciting underage sex in 2008. However, the fact that he did not apologize to Epstein’s victims caused an uproar and made headlines around the world.
“Living in a bubble,” Salmon said.
The story Moffat wants to tell is how “Sam and these two extraordinary women, Emily and Esme, conducted the interview under real stress and pressure because, after it was agreed, it was done in secret. Almost nobody within the BBC could know about it for fear it would leak out,” he said.
He added: “What Andrew wanted to say would be extremely relevant later in court…a real responsibility, especially to Epstein’s female victims.” It was our only attempt to look at what Andrew had to say about Epstein. Of course, the seriousness with which Emily, Esme and Sam took it was right.”
Moffat admitted “that sounds a little crass”, noting that the behind-the-scenes activities involving the BBC team and members of the Duke’s household, his private secretary Amanda Thirsk and his daughter Princess Beatrice, who are their Accompanying father to a meeting with the BBC producers “makes for a very exciting drama.”
Salmon noted how parts of McAlister’s book caused a stir when it was published in the US Daily mail, and will be released today, July 14, revealing just how out of touch the Duke has been. “All the opportunities Emily gave him to say the right things, to justify his friendship with Epstein, to say how sorry he is,” were wasted opportunities on the Duke’s part.
Moffat added that he later learned that Maitlis repeated her offer when the cameras stopped coming back in front of the cameras. ”news night couldn’t have been fairer to him,” he said.
The duke did not notice how his performance had been received in the hall. “He thought it went very well,” said Salmon.
The problem with the Duke is that “everyone laughs at their jokes all the time,” added Moffat, who went on to say, “I don’t think anyone ever interrupts him when he’s talking and I think there’s both of you.” a claim level; he always feels in control of time and space around him.”
McAlister gives one such example in her book. As the interview was being set up in a state room at Buckingham Palace, the Duke gave the sound engineers advice on how to wire everything.
“He’s a 60-year-old guy who’s used to all that stuff,” Moffat said.
chunks of news night Interview is created for new Scoop, However, no real BBC material is used.
Moffat said McAlister “has been a huge help”.
When asked if Buckingham Palace courtiers participated in Moffat’s research, Salmon cautiously replied, “We have reached out to a variety of people who were involved behind the scenes of the interview and we are still in that process.”
Sam McAlister’s book shovels is published by Oneworld Productions. McAlister is represented by Jen Thomas at United Agents, who negotiated the film rights.