Peter Morgan to Adapt 'Patriots' for Netflix Film as 'The Crown' Rumors Swirl

Exploring the stage roots of an upcoming Netflix film

by Zain ul Abedin
Peter Morgan to Adapt 'Patriots' for Netflix Film as 'The Crown' Rumors Swirl
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Renowned screenwriter Peter Morgan, celebrated for his critically acclaimed series "The Crown," is setting his sights on a new venture with Netflix—a film adaptation of his stage play "Patriots." This move comes amid swirling rumors and heightened expectations for a potential revival of "The Crown," following the success of his latest project, "Scoop." Despite the buzz in the UK media this week hinting at the return of "The Crown," sources close to Morgan reveal that he intends to take a temporary hiatus from his royal narratives.

Instead, he is prioritizing "Patriots," a project that explores the intriguing ascent of Boris Berezovsky, a Russian oligarch, and his interactions with Vladimir Putin, then the deputy mayor of St. Petersburg.

Transition to Film

"Patriots" has already proven its mettle during a 12-week successful run at the Noel Coward Theatre in London’s West End, which subsequently facilitated its transition to Broadway’s Ethel Barrymore Theatre.

The play's move to Broadway marked Netflix's inaugural foray into Broadway production, further solidifying the partnership between Morgan and the streaming giant. A source familiar with the developments disclosed that the deal with Netflix also encompasses an agreement to pursue a cinematic version of "Patriots." However, official greenlighting for the film is still pending.

Will Keen and Tom Hollander, respectively, brought Putin and Berezovsky to life in the UK, while Michael Stuhlbarg assumed the role of Berezovsky in the U.S. rendition. These performances have been pivotal in capturing the complex dynamics between the characters, setting a solid foundation for the anticipated film adaptation.

While the future of "The Crown" remains a h-t topic, Morgan has hinted at a possible return to the series. He has shared insights about a budding idea that would delve into historical depths, potentially exploring events as far back as Queen Victoria's death in 1901.

Reports from The Sun suggest that if "The Crown" were to return, it would do so in "bite-size helpings," beginning with the era of Edward VII.