Meryl Streep in <i>August: Osage County</i>.

Meryl Streep in August: Osage County.

Hollywood heavyweight Harvey Weinstein has revealed plans to expose the National Rifle Association in a new movie starring Meryl Streep, saying "they're going to wish they weren't alive after I'm done with them”.

The Miramax Films and The Weinstein Company co-founder's straight-shooting comments went to air on Howard Stern's popular radio show in the US on Wednesday.

Weinstein has since confirmed to Deadline that the movie will be titled The Senator's Wife. Thewebsite reports that Weinstein will focus on the NRA's behind-the-scenes influence in Washington, which helped defeat a bill that would have secured tighter gun control in the US.

Director Harvey Weinstein.

Director Harvey Weinstein. Photo: Getty Images

Weinstein is a known supporter of President Barak Obama, who tried to introduce the legislation following the shooting deaths at Sandy Hook Elementary School and Aurora theatre in 2012.

Weinstein told Stern the film wouldn't be a documentary but a “big movie like a Mr. Smith Goes to Washington”, referring to the 1939 classic about one man's impact on a corrupt Washington.

Weinstein revealed his plans when Stern asked if he owned a gun.

“I never want to have a gun… I don't think we need guns in this country, and I hate it, and I think the NRA is a disaster area," Weinstein said.

“I shouldn't say this but I'll tell it to you Howard, I'm going to make a movie with Meryl Streep, and we're going to take this issue head on.”

Weinstein said the movie would do so much damage to gun manufacturers that their stocks would “crash and burn" upon its release.

The NRA has yet to release an official response, but has linked to the story on its Facebook page. The post has received more than 10,000 comments from disgruntled NRA supporters.

One person wrote: “Weinstein has made money off of his violent movies with guns in them. He is part of the problem. Never will be part of the solution and in case he hasn't noticed, these kind of "flawed thinking" approaches always make the NRA stronger.”

“By attacking the NRA this left wing lunatic will be attacking millions of legitimate gun owners across the nation. I hope it motivates many of those millions to join the NRA. Every gun owner should be a member and support the 2nd amendment against these Marxist radicals,” another commented.