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    Dagny Lives! “Atlas Shrugged” The Movie

    By kyle | April 1, 2009

    It’s been rumored before but Lou has the scoop on how a handful of Hollywood conservatives think this is the moment to finally bring “Atlas Shrugged” to the screen. It’s never been buzzier and is said to have been selling more now than it ever has in its entire history. Lou (quoting my pal Steve Zeitchik at the Hollywood Reporter) says Angelina Jolie’s dithering has made producers turn an eye toward Julia Roberts (?), Charlize Theron (!) and Anne Hathaway (~) instead. Here’s an idea: Zack Snyder to direct. Or Brad Bird? Who says he can’t do live action?

    Topics: Books, Movies, Philosophy, Politics | 7 Comments »

    7 Responses to “Dagny Lives! “Atlas Shrugged” The Movie”

    1. Hunter Tremayne Says:
      April 1st, 2009 at 10:48 am

      Brad Bird’s next picture will be live action, but sadly for you it is centered around the great San Francisco fire and earthquake of 1906. Zack Snyder’s next picture is the all-girl action picture SUCKER PUNCH. Do not despair, however, as Michael Bay has wrapped TRANSFORMERS 2, so he’s free.

    2. Cheney '08 Says:
      April 1st, 2009 at 10:50 am

      Dunno. I see Julianne Moore as the fedora-wearing, leggy Dagny. Just don’t understand why airheaded lefties Angelina Jolie, Charlize Theron and Julia Roberts are even being considered for a film hoping to attract the 48% who didn’t vote for Obama. (Don’t know about Anne H.) Much as I’d like to see it, this sounds like another WATERWORLD.

      RN Kinkead

    3. Lou Lumenick Says:
      April 1st, 2009 at 11:49 am

      Zack Snyder directing “Atlas Shrugged”? What was the term you invented, “engineered to lose money”?

    4. K Says:
      April 1st, 2009 at 12:57 pm

      The last Rand movie, “The Fountainhead” had King Vidor as director. According to the Randites, that didn’t work out so well.

      Unless the screen writers are on their toes, this movie could be longer than “Che”.

    5. blackhawk12151 Says:
      April 1st, 2009 at 1:37 pm

      Michael Bay wouldn’t work. It’s been a while but I don’t remember any explosions in Atlas Shrugged. (Now The Fountainhead had an explosion…but only one so any remake still wouldn’t be Bay territory)

      I honestly don’t see this working. Any film, not matter how well done or successful, will still feel like a cheapened, dumbed-down version. Cliff’s Notes for the reading impaired. Just read the book. I agree with Alan Moore that there is this presumption in today’s culture that a literary work is not legitimized until a film version is made. It’s unfortunate but with the drastically shortened attention span of most people today its the truth.

    6. Brandon Says:
      April 1st, 2009 at 1:56 pm

      Cheney 08′,

      I see your point but I think your off base with Jolie. Most believe, nd with cause, that she is in fact a Libretarian. Her continued support of the Iraq war eliminates her from being a lefty.

      There is no way this could be turned into a single film that I can see. I think a good screen writer trimming all the fat they could might be able to cut this to about a 500 page screenplay. Using the old 1 page is 1 minute rule you’d still be looking at around a 500 minute film. Maybe this could be a really high end mini-series but a feature film would be near impossible.

      Besides Hollywood would twist it until it was unrecognizable in an effort to ruin the message.

    7. Mallory Says:
      July 25th, 2009 at 3:43 am

      No explosions in Atlas Shrugged?????? The Taggart Tunnel gets blown up when the Comet gets stuck and then an explosive-carrying freight train smashes into it! And what about Project X…