Nicholas Meyer talks writing and directing

This article originally appeared in If Magazine #139 (Feb-March 2011).

Ask Nicholas Meyer what work he.s most proud of in his long and successful career in Hollywood and he won.t start talking about reviving the Star Trek franchise. He won.t mention Oscar or Emmy nominations or even his best-selling novel The Seven Per Cent Solution. Meyer will tell you about a TV movie he directed which inspired a Us President not to go to nuclear war.

When it aired in the Us, The Day After was the most watched TV film in history and went on to score 12 Emmy nominations. The movie reveals the potential impact of a nuclear strike on a small American town. Meyer doesn.t think it was a great film but he finds its influence rewarding.

.Sources. confirm that Ronald Reagan came to power believing in the idea of a winnable nuclear war, and it
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