Open Thread: Another Left-wing Reagan Movie?

A biopic about Ronald Reagan is in the works, slated to be released next year. Reuters reported the following yesterday:

The story of Ronald Reagan's life -- from boyhood to Hollywood actor to leader of the free world -- is about to spill out on the big screen in a way quite different from the miniseries that caused such a stir seven years ago.

The feature film, titled "Reagan" and sporting a $30 million production budget, is set for release late next year and will 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, who was not a Reagan fan, wrote the script. "I was of the opinion that at best he was a bad actor and at worst a clown," McCord said.

But the scribe, whose credits include "Malice" and "The Body," said he was drawn to the project as he researched the former president's upbringing. He described Reagan's childhood as "a surreal Norman Rockwell painting with his alcoholic Catholic father, devout Christian mother, Catholic brother and ever-changing boarders the family took in."

Not exactly heartening words for the Gipper's fans. Should we brace ourselves for another left-wing distortion of Reagan's life and legacy? Also, who should play the lead?

NB Staff
NB Staff