Sir Ridley Scott has announced that he will make a film about the former US president Ronald Reagan and ex-Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.

The film will focus on the 1968 arms control summit that took place between the two leaders in Reykjavik, Iceland.

The British director told The Hollywood Reporter that although the film had no title and was still in the script stage, it could be completed by the end of the year and released in early 2009.

"These are fascinating historical characters, larger-than-life figures, but I want to show who they were and why they did what they did," Scott said.

"There actions helped shape history, paving the way for the end of the Cold War."

Representatives from Scott Free production have obtained permission to use the historic house where the famous summit took place.

And while the Oscar winning director has yet to decide on whether he will direct the film, Scott claims he wants to be as impartial as possible with its making.

"If you do a dramatic version of an event, you have to get as close as possible to the truth. You need to make intelligent judgment call to get under the veneer of perception. It’s like dramatised journalism," he said.

Regarding the casting of the famous world leaders, Scott claimed it would be the US president who would the tougher to cast.

"Reagan was tall and elegant while Gorbachev was stocky, like a front row rugby player. In some ways, Gorbachev is easier to cast. Reagan is more colourful."

26/02/2008 17:32:48