It’s official. A film version of Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged” is coming to theaters soon…with a five million dollar budget and directed by a guy who’s previous work has been episodes of “One Tree Hill”. (H/T to Cinematical.com.)
Variety reports that long-time TV actor Paul Johansson (and one of One Tree Hill’s directors) is helming the series from Brian Patrick O’Toole’s script, which had to get into production this weekend before producer John Aglialoro lost the rights and the film remained in cinematic limbo. The series will divide Rand’s book into three parts, each grabbing 10 chapters, as Rand’s fictional government starts controlling industry and productive citizens start vanishing. Part One will have a 5-week shoot, and at least one more film will follow, Variety notes, without stating what that means for the final part of the book.
Leaving aside for a moment the micro budget and that the screenwriter’s previous credits are in the horror genre, (And that doesn’t preclude the possibility that he can do a decent adaption.) the question needs to be asked. Is now really a good time for a pro industrial big business movie?
On the heels of the financial collapse and the BP spill and calls for increased government regulation on business, does ANYONE expect the poster line “Go Galt, Summer 2011” to get asses in the seat?
I’ve never read the book so I can’t comment on it’s quality but I have a sinking feeling this thing is going to make the guys at Rifftrax very happy.