Ronald Reagan. Depending on your viewpoint, our 40th president was either an American hero of the first order, a right-wing demagogue whose ill-advised policies continue to haunt us today or perhaps both at the same time. And it's that complexity that still makes him so fascinating today -- not just to average Americans, but to Hollywood as well.
Yes, get ready folks, because according to the Hollywood Reporter, Tinseltown is preparing a big screen biopic of the actor who became president. Following in the tradition of 'Nixon,' 'W.' and 'Primary Colors,' screenwriter Jonas McCord ('The Body') is currently penning a script that will start with the failed 1981 assassination attempt and use flashbacks and flash-forwards to tell the story of Reagan's ascent from small town boy to movie star to president.
That's not to say that the new Reagan movie, which is being developed by producer Mark Joseph ('The Passion of the Christ') for release next year, will have the same kind of snarky political slant as those earlier presidential screeds; while McCord has made no secret of his disdain for Reagan's political record, saying, "I was of the opinion that at best he was a bad actor and at worst a clown," Joseph has a different take on things.