The events surrounding Prince Andrew’s scathing BBC Newsnight interview in 2019 will be filmed.
Written by The Night Of and Criminal Justice writer Peter Moffat, Scoop will begin production later this year.
The feature film is being produced by 61st Street producers The Lighthouse Film & TV, and the 2020 production is directed by Hilary Salmon, Radford Neville and Nick Betts – the BBC team behind Luther, Criminal Justice and House of Saddam. was launched”, “Three Girls” and “The Night Of”. Voltage TV will co-produce the film.
The image is based on key chapters from former Newsnight producer Sam McAlister’s candid new book ‘Scoops: Behind the scenes of the BBC’s most shocking interviews’.
These chapters tell the story of how Newsnight journalists secured the interview with the King, expertly conducted by former presenter Emily Maitlis, who recently left the program after 20 years with the BBC. The film is billed as an “inside track” that encompasses an initial failed approach to Buckingham Palace, the high-level negotiations with Prince Andrew and his team, the stress and pressure of rehearsals, the interview itself, and finally the shocking aftermath.
Prince Andrew’s Newsnight interview – in which he was questioned at length about his friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and allegations that he himself slept with teenage girl Virginia Giuffre – is widely considered to herald what led to the king’s epic downfall, Brexit duties.
Most commentators deemed the interview a huge PR disaster for the prince, who was harshly criticized for failing to show sympathy to Epstein’s victims or adequately explain why he bonded with him after the disgraced financier was sacked Time With spent on him and stayed in his Manhattan home.
The king, who served as Britain’s trade ambassador for a time, said he has no regrets about his friendship with Epstein, who taught him about trade and economics.
Prince Andrew reached an out-of-court settlement in February in his sexual assault case that Giuffre had brought against the prince.
Moffat said: “What the hell was he thinking? Who made him do this? Why did he think things had gone so well when the rest of the world was so appalled? What kind of man is this? As I researched the film and spoke to those behind this extraordinary story, I got answers to all of these questions. They are provocative, often surprising, sometimes disturbing – and I think they make for a compelling story of power and abuse and journalistic courage.”
Executive producer Salmon added, “Sam’s book vividly chronicles the moment-by-moment drama that led up to what is the most revealing and breathtaking of TV events. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to bring Sam’s story to life.”
McAlister, writer of Scoops said: “To have a production team of The Lighthouse caliber and a writer like Peter Moffat making a feature film is beyond my wildest dreams. I can’t wait for Peter and The Lighthouse to bring this extraordinary story to the big screen.”
McAlister is represented by Jen Thomas at United Agents, who handled the film rights. ‘Scoops: Behind the scenes of the BBC’s most shocking interviews’ will be released on Thursday and published by Oneworld.