Will Ferrell backs out of Ronald Reagan Alzheimer's comedy

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Will Ferrell Drops Out of 'Alzheimer's Comedy' About Ronald Reagan

Will Ferrell has backed out of a planned comedy that depicted Ronald Reagan's dementia.

The comedian was in talks to play the former president in a political satire that dealt with Reagan's Alzheimer's condition, but will no longer be moving-forward with the project amid the ensuing controversy.

Ferrell's spokesperson said that he was never officially attached: "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 a 'Alzheimers comedy' as has been suggested, Mr. Ferrell is not pursuing this project."

Following reports that Ferrell was involved in the project, Reagan's daughter Patti Davis penned an open letter to Ferrell, writing, "Perhaps you have managed to retain some ignorance about Alzheimer's and other versions of dementia. Perhaps if you knew more, you would not find the subject humorous."

She continued: "I watched as fear invaded my father's eyes -; this man who was never afraid of anything. I heard his voice tremble as he stood in the living room and said, 'I don't know where I am.'"

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Along with starring in the film, Ferrell was also set to produce via his production banner Gary Sanchez Productions.

Part of the controversy stemmed from the project being referred to as an "Alzheimer's comedy" which further stoked opposition.

Reagan, written by Mike Rosolio, was on the 2015 Black List of the best unproduced screenplays.

The log-line for the project, via the Black List, reads: "When Ronald Reagan falls into dementia at the start of his second term, an ambitious intern is tasked with convincing the Commander-In-Chief that he is an actor playing the President in a movie."

This morning the Republican party weighed in on the controversy:

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