Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Even Hollywood Eventually Gets It - New Reagan Biopic Planned

And the outward signs are that it's not going to be the usual Leftard hit job.

The feature film, tentatively titled "Reagan" reportedly has a $30 million production budget and will be set for release late in 2011. It's going to be based on two best-selling biographies of the 40th U.S. president by Paul Kengor: "The Crusader" and "God and Ronald Reagan."

Jonas McCord is slated to write the script. His credits include "Malice" and "The Body". While he claims not to have been a fan of President Reagan's, he claims to have been won over as he researched the former president's life.

Too bad my friend Robert Avrech wasn't given the gig...we'd be talking Oscar for best screenplay.

The film reportedly begins with the 1981 assassination attempt on the president and then tells his life in a series of flashbacks.

The last attempt to tell Reagan's story was a sleazy mini-series entitled "The Reagans" miniseries which starred Babs Streisand's husband James Brolin as Reagan and was done by CBS. Once people found out what a left wing hit job it was, it was relegated to Showtime, where it flopped.

Mark Joseph, who optioned the books four years ago, is co-producing with Ralph Winter.

Winter's producing credits include four "X-Men" movies, two "Fantastic Four" movies and the 2001 remake of "Planet of the Apes." Joseph, a marketing and development executive, worked on "Ray," "Holes," "Because of Winn-Dixie" and "The Passion of the Christ."

"Only in Hollywood could you make an insulting, condescending movie about a much-loved historical figure, hire an actor who loathes the man, watch it flop and then somehow conclude that Americans don't want to see a movie about him," Joseph said. "I watched Americans line up and wait for 10 hours for the simple privilege of passing by his closed casket. They love this man."

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

Can Hollywood make a suitable picture about a great president and an American hero? We'll see.

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