Well, that didn’t take long. Will Ferrell has dropped out of the Ronald Reagan comedy about the president battling Alzheimer’s while in office. It was announced on Wednesday that Ferrell would be appearing in an untitled comedy about Ronald Reagan from a script written by Michael Rosolio. However, after backlash from Reagan’s family and critics of the film's premise, Ferrell has backed out of the project.
According to The Wrap, Will Ferrell is no longer attached to what had been described as a comedy about the former President succumbing to Alzheimer’s during his time in office. Will Ferrell was going to produce the film under his Gary Sanchez Productions banner and there was no word on a director or any other cast. The actor’s reps had this to say about the decision to back out of the project.
"The ‘Reagan’ script is one of a number of scripts that had been submitted to Will Ferrell which he had considered. While it is by no means an ‘Alzheimer’s comedy’ as has been suggested, Mr. Ferrell is not pursuing this project."
So, Will Ferrell was more considering the project then full on accepting. That’s fair, but the description given for the movie didn’t really do it any favors. The synopsis for the film was as follows:
That sounds a lot like a comedy but it’s hard to judge a film that hasn’t even been made yet and it’s unlikely this one ever will. The film was met with justified outrage from Reagan’s family as his children, Patti Davis and Michael Reagan, voiced their concern over the project. While I won’t speak for how the movie would have approached the subject (and I’m curious about what the writer has to say about all this), it would have angered a lot of people over the subject matter. It’s pretty much alienating anyone who has known someone suffer through Alzheimer’s and the people that sympathize with them. That’s just a bad idea in general. Not to mention the republicans who looked up to Reagan as a President and wouldn’t want to see him portrayed like that on the big screen.
The film currently has no studio or talent attached and that’s probably the way it’ll stay. No one wants to make a movie that’ll piss everybody off just because it can. It might be better if this film stays buried, but check back for updates in the off chance this is picked up again.