According to TMZ, Oscar-winning director Ron Howard is in negotiations to acquire the feature film rights to Peter Morgan's hit stage play, Frost / Nixon, currently playing to sold-out audiences at the Donmar Warehouse theater in London.

TMZ reports: The play, which opened to rave reviews earlier this month, centers on the legendary 1977 television interviews between President Richard Nixon and interviewer David Frost, with Frank Langella playing the president on stage. No stranger to projects steeped in politics, Langella starred last year as CBS network owner and (mostly) benevolent despot, William Paley, in "Good Night, and Good Luck."{@@@[email protected]@@}{@@@[email protected]@@}Frost, of course, is the only person to have interviewed all of the past six British prime ministers and the past seven US presidents. His successful 1977 cat-and-mouse game with Nixon to secure the ultimate "get" - several interviews with the only U.S. president ever to resign the office - is both the subject of the stage play and of Howard's new film project.

Howard's Imagine also recently picked up the rights to J. Michael Straczynski's thriller The Changeling as a potential film for Howard.

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