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Ridley Scott attached to Reagan/Gorbachev political drama REYKJAVIK

Will Schiffelbein

by: Will Schiffelbein
May 18th, 2011

In 1986, President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev met in Reykjavik, Iceland to hammer out agreements meant to ease the tension in the Cold War. While those talks ultimately broke down in the final hours, they did create a lasting dialogue that helped to end the Cold War. It would seem as though these talks are an attractive setting for a film, as Ridley Scott has apparently shown a great deal of interest in a project known as REYKJAVIK which is an retelling of those events.

Ridley Scott has almost as many projects on his plate as Guillermo del Toro. They range from the adaptation of Monopoly, the popular board game, to an adaptation of Brave New World, all of which sound more likely to actually start production than this film. REYKJAVIK seems like a film made for people like me, and nobody else. For a political junkie like myself, the prospect of watching Reagan and Gorbachev verbally duke it out over nuclear arms agreements tickles all sorts of fancies.

I couldn't begin to think about who I'd cast as each leader, as they'd need a great deal of gravitas. It might be an outlandish choice, but I'd love to see Edward James Olmos snack on jellybeans in the Oval Office. As unlikely as it is, it's more unlikely we'll get to see REYKJAVIK on the big screen any time soon.

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