Ridley Scott takes on tale of Reagan-Gorbachev summit

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Ridley Scott is to direct a film about the 1986 Reykjavik ballistic missile summit between Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev.

The meeting, during which the US and Soviet leaders discussed limiting the use of ballistic missiles, ended in failure at the 11th hour. But it was widely credited for bringing about a treaty banning intermediate-range nuclear forces in 1987.

"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 told The Hollywood Reporter. "Their actions helped shape history, paving the way for the end of the Cold War." The script for the as-yet-untitled project is still in the works, but Scott says filming could be completed by the end of the year, with a view to releasing the movie in early 2009.

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