It was huge and historical. I remember that much about the friendship between world leaders Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan. And, like a lot of events and people that go on to become bookmarks for a certain time and place, most of us that breathed the air of the 1980s were slow to catch on to just how important the meetings and eventual kinship were between these two towering and larger than life figures. But we figured it out eventually, even as the hazy party days of the late 80s gave way to the more cynical and flannel wearing era of the 1990s. We all figured out in our own good time just how much more two super-power countries had in common than not and just how critical a certain meeting in Iceland was to the future of the world we all inhabit. It all seems so obvious now looking back, but history and hindsight have always been de facto bedpartners…
News broke this weekend from The Hollywood Reporter about an exciting new Paramount TV Studios television mini-series set to star two talented and Oscar winning actors Michael Douglas and Christoph Waltz as the respective world leaders from the 1980s: Ronald Reagan (Douglas) and Mikhail Gorbachev (Waltz).
This new mini-series is based off of the blockbuster book Reagan at Reykjavik: Forty-Eight hours That Ended the Cold War by author (and former Reagan era arms control director) Ken Adelman and serves as a deep-dive into the story of President Reagan’s historical and earth-pivoting 1986 meeting with Soviet Union leader Gorbachev in Reykjavik, Iceland. This two-day meeting between the most powerful men in the world was intended to be but the start of projected future meetings and conversations between the two. But Reagan and Gorbachev surprised everyone – perhaps even themselves – when this low-key, no expectations soiree turned into an honest-to-Pete jumping off point for a rigorous and thorough arms control agreement the very next year.
Currently without an official title, the project is nevertheless picking up steam with the above-mentioned casting of acting stalwarts Douglas and Waltz and it is anticipated that Paramount TV Studios will be soliciting for possible buyers quite soon. Screenwriter B. Garida (Gone Elvis) is doing the adapting honors while director James Foley (Glengarry Glen Ross) has been tapped to helm this slice of history. Executive producing the film will be none other than its two stars, Waltz and Douglas along with James Foley and Youtchi Von Lintel.