Historic Iceland summit has big screen potential

Ridley Scott, director of the hit movie ‘Gladiator’, is considering plans for a movie based on the historic 1986 Iceland summit between Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan, reports EarthTimes.org.

The meeting of the Soviet and US leaders focused on limiting nuclear weapons between the two nations. The plan for a US Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) ultimately led to conflicts that prevented a deal from being made at the summit.

The city of Reykjavik has apparently shown a ‘strong interest’ in producing a movie on this subject, and Scott’s production company is exchanging ideas with the Icelandic government and local producers.

The cost of the project appears to be the biggest inhibitor at the moment and more funds are being sought. Scott’s company is hoping that the government will agree to increase the refund of production costs from the current 14 per cent to 20 per cent.

Ridley Scott has also gained fame for the movies “Alien” (1979) and “Blade Runner” (1982).