New Ridley Scott film to be set in Reykjavik

Reykjavik will be the backdrop of the latest film by American Director Ridley Scott.

The new film is about the 1986 summit held in the Icelandic capital which brought together US President Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, the former leader of the Soviet Union.

The film’s name has yet to be announced, but it expected that filming will be finished by the end of 2008 and the film could be released in early 2009.

The film is still only in script form but representatives have already visited Iceland to scout out possible filming locations in Reykjavik. Scott and his brother Tony own a production company which has already secured permission to film at the location of the summit, Hofdi House.

In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Scott said: “These are fascinating historical characters, larger-than-life figures, but I want to show who they were and why they did what they did.”

He added, “Their actions helped shape history, paving the way for the end of the Cold War.”

According to Scott, the true significance of the Reykjavik summit has only just been brought to light. “But it was two decades ago. This generation might well say, ‘Summit, what summit?’ They might ask ‘Who is Gorbachev?'” he said.

Ronald Reagan, America’s 40th president, died from Alzheimer’s disease in 2004.