Reagan’s life on the silver screen. Which version?

by Karen Topakian

Finally someone had the good sense to make a biopic about one of our most revered and visionary leaders. Ronald Reagan. Yup you heard me, the life of the 40th president of the US will grace the silver screen.

The movie, Reagan, based on Paul Kengor’s two biographies, The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism and God and Ronald Reagan, is scheduled for release next year.

Screenwriter Jonas McCord will cover Reagan’s childhood, acting career and two terms as president in this $30 million film. Do you think he’ll include Iran-Contra, the attempt to overthrow the government of Nicaragua, the rise in the budget deficit, the doubling of the national debt, the firing of the 12,000 air traffic controllers…?

The producer, Mark Joseph, concludes that Americans loved Ronald Reagan because they lined up and waited for 10 hours to see his closed casket pass by. Maybe they just wanted to make sure he was really dead.