Ronald Reagan biopic in the works
September 8th, 2010
05:02 PM ET

Ronald Reagan biopic in the works

Before he was president, Ronald Reagan was an actor. Now, the former leader of the United States, who died in 2004 at age 93, will be back on the big screen in an upcoming biopic about his life.

The project - titled "Reagan" - chronicles the Illinois native's life from boyhood to Hollywood to the Oval Office, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The $30 million motion picture, which will be out next year, is based on two Paul Kengor biographies about America's 40th president: "The Crusader" and "God and Ronald Reagan."

The movie has yet to be cast (James Brolin played Reagan in a 2003 miniseries) but producer Mark Joseph and screenwriter Jonas McCord are both attached to the project. While McCord admitted that he wasn't a fan of Reagan, he said he was intrigued by his backstory.

"I was of the opinion that at best he was a bad actor and at worst a clown," explained McCord, adding that Reagan's childhood was "a surreal Norman Rockwell painting with his alcoholic Catholic father, devout Christian mother, Catholic brother and ever-changing boarders the family took in."

And that makes for a fascinating film, Joseph added.

"This is a great story," he told THR. "I'm just glad no one else in Hollywood thinks so, or they'd have made this film by now."

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  1. saddy

    Watch Online movies free

    October 10, 2010 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Fred

    A tree stump should play the roll of Raygun.

    "If the question comes up at the Tower Board meeting, you might want to say that you were surprised."

    September 17, 2010 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Peer

    I think Snooki should play Nancy, because they are both smart :-)

    September 9, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ronnie

    WHO CARES!? Reagan was the worst president (except both Bushes) in 50 years!

    September 9, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Yobee

    Talk about redundancy; Reagan's whole life was a poorly-scripted movie. IF this waste of film gets made, it's going direct to DVD to be remaindered at WalMart.

    September 9, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ken

    Gosh, I hope they tell the stories about dragging Ron Jr. out of bed with Pneumonia to swim in the pool and impress the "Furriners". That he nearly died from that, we can just edit out.

    September 9, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. john

    what will make the film interesting is its level of honesty. the film will lose its intrigue if the director goes into it either trying to adore reagan or eviscerate him. on the other hand, if they take a similar approach that the john adams mini-series took and show the cause and effect of how his life experience shaped his world view and then ultimately how that combined with his political skills to shaped how he governed and presided, then that would be interesting.

    September 9, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. muzak

    He made some really good movies, especially the one where he co-stared with the chimpanzee. Believe it was "Bedtime for Bonzo". Doubt if this new one can top that!

    September 9, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  9. El Gordo

    I hope they spend a few minutes on Reagan doubling the national debt from $1.5 trillion to $3 trillion. I also hope they show the speech in which he reminisced about his youth when he fought in France – except that was a movie he played in and the old man was confused – again. And the part about where he fell asleep while talking to the pope would provide some real comic relief. I think Tina Fey should play the astrologer that Nancy Reagan consulted; that would be a gas. And the billions he spent on Star Wars weaponry – none of which ever worked. There could be a scene where the scientists demonstrate the weapons and none of the work. That would have the audience rolling in the aisles. I can't wait to see it.

    September 9, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Joe

    Reagan was the last president who never signed any stupid trade agreements that shipped all our jobs to Mexico or China. H. Bush. signed GAFT. Clinton signed NAFTA which ruined our economy. W. Bush signed CAFTA. And now there are no jobs left and our economy sucks.

    September 9, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. HAHA

    Nancy!! Why is hell so hot?!

    September 9, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Neal

    Instead of all the hateful rhetoric why don't we let a more objective opinion be part of the discussion. This is the 2nd of CSPAN's poll of historians on presidential leadership. Enjoy.

    http://www.c-span.org/PresidentialSurvey/Overall-Ranking.aspx

    September 9, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      Seriously. Just about every history book and even the liberal newspapers will rank Reagan high on the charts of great U.S. Presidents. The reason why is because Reagan was a great U.S. President. I didn't like everything Reagan did (War on Drugs, Iran Contra) but he was easily the best U.S. President we've had in the last 40 years. Just because he was a Republican doesn't instantly make him a bad guy or a bad President. I'm a conservative and can proudly say that I think JFK was a great President. Clinton was also a good President.

      September 9, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darth Vader

      Yes James, both the emperor and myself think he was great, also.

      September 9, 2010 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      James, were you even a cognizant adult when Reagan was president? He was not considered a great president then; an extremely likable guy, but generally considered way way over his head, especially in foreign affairs.

      September 9, 2010 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Neal

      John that's just not an accurate portrayl of Reagan. One of hsi strengths was foreign policy and his contribution (along with Thatcher) to the fall of communism. Gorbachev was forced to enact Glasnost in large part because of Reagan's understanding that Gorby could not outspend the US in the arms race (i.e. Star Wars).

      There were some who could never get their head around the fact that an 'actor" was any more than an affable, likable man. If you read his diaries and other writings you get a much different perspective on how well read and intelligent he was. Poeple will believe what they want but the record is out there for anyone willing keep an open mind.

      September 10, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. daniel

    I have never understood why people think this man is so great. What a shame that he is held with such regard. I do think there is a place in hell for this man and he is right there along side of Hitler and Sadam!

    September 9, 2010 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  14. Bwood

    The shape we are currently in, is his legacy.

    September 9, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  15. Scott

    Reagan was a horrendous President, under his watch the national debt tripled, the rich got richer and poor got poorer. The "Just Say No" campaign plunged the inner cities into the crack epidemic, Reaganomics only benefited the wealthy , and let's not forget his funding of the Contras which committed horrendous atrocities. It boggles my mind why people hail him as a great President. People call him "The Great Communicator"; no kidding, he was a trained ACTOR. This is a man who sent troops into Berkeley when he was governor, and released vinyl LPs speaking on the danger of "socialized medicine", which btw was Medicare and Medicaid at the time. Also don't forget the Savings & Loan crisis, and the repeal of the "Fairness Doctrine", the latter which lead to the incredibly biased reporting we get today.

    September 9, 2010 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Clevadio

      I like you.

      September 9, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Future

      20 years from now people will be saying the exact same thing about the "Great Orator" know as OBAMA. Only, we will be a lot worse off because of him.

      September 9, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Fly on the wall

      Agreed that he was not a very good president. The right worship him, but almost every problem they wish to lay at Obama's feet are the result of his stupid policies. The father of NAFTA, the man who made millions of illegal immigrants into instant citizens. Yeah, what a great guy he was. NOT. He was a lousy actor, as well.

      September 9, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • RobMN

      Scott you point out some very good facts regarding Ronald Reagan. I personally disliked him at the time and did not vote for him. I agree with your premise about the "fairness doctrine" but you forgot a couple of things. 1. Ronald Reagan waa the first president to address school children with a politcal agenda on Television. He continued to push for the changes in education that have skewd our society way to far right (IMO) Basically kids don't learn about the evils of corporate America during the late 1880's – 1930's which caused Americans to create many of the much needed Regulation we have now and some of which were dismantled at the end of the Clinton early Bush administrations (by the same Republican Senator using 11th hr tactics to slip in banking de regulation in a federal budget) You also missed that Reagan by todays right wing standards might not fit the bill he raised taxes 2 times and recinded one tax cut during his 2 terms.

      September 9, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  16. ScDad

    I wonder if the movie will include details on Reagan giving weapons and training to Osama bin-Laden and Al-Qaeda in echange for their help in kicking Russia out of Iran? People need to know Reagan was a traitor

    September 9, 2010 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Bobman780

      ...uhh Russia in Iran?
      Try reading a book sometime

      September 9, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yobee

      Wow, I think Reagan was an idiot, but your comment really pushes the envelope.

      September 9, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reagan Youth

      it was afganistan not iran...and reagan trained them and got them to help with promises that he would help their cause and when he got what he wanted he high-tailed it out of their, creating very very angry people because the rest of their country saw them as traitors

      September 9, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Rick

    I hope they don't leave out the part about him currently burning in hell.

    September 9, 2010 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  18. MinPS

    WHY?

    September 9, 2010 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  19. SaintPetersburg

    they should get Zac EFron to play him, he kind of looks like him.

    September 9, 2010 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  20. RUSH

    Reagan smash!

    September 9, 2010 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Clevadio

      That's immediately what came to my mind when I read this article.

      September 9, 2010 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  21. Travis

    Let me guess John, your a right wing christian? Yawn.

    September 9, 2010 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  22. John

    Let me guess Paul, you're a liberal. Yawn.

    September 9, 2010 at 7:10 am | Report abuse |
    • A. Goodwin

      Let me guess, John, you're a Republiklan. FYI – Try looking up Don Regan's name and get back to us on WHY you think Regan is so awesome.

      September 9, 2010 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  23. Paul

    I hope they show how the problems of today stem from this man!

    September 9, 2010 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Raegan Youth

      the failure of our economic system has firm roots in reganomics

      September 9, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  24. GWS

    Why do I get the feeling this is going to be another Regan/Republican bashing.

    September 8, 2010 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |

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