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.”I think this is what finalized the decision to back out.
On Friday, the Alzheimer’s Association criticized the planned project, stating: “Would filmmakers consider using a fatal form of cancer or another deadly disease for comedy? It’s time to stop this forever.”I'm sure some soulless liberal scumbag was like "It's making fun of a disease by a hated conservative so why the controversy?" When the Alzheimer's Association weighs in maybe shame (or discretion) finally sank in. In any case Farrell was smart to distance himself from this terrible disrespectful project.