Will the Atlas Shrugged cine anytime get made? That’s the catechism humans accept been allurement for years. But there seems to be a curse, which is chiefly acrid for a plan that presents the agnostic philosophy, Objectivism.
There’s absolutely no abridgement of absorption in an Atlas Shrugged movie, abnormally during these times of looming recession and accretion government takeover of the economy. Sales of this 1957 book started jumping off the shelves in 2008, landing it on novel lists anytime since.
Images of Tea Party small-government low-tax demonstrations, which started at the alpha of 2009, consistently affectation signs with pictures of Ayn Rand (the author) and her acclaimed catchphrase, “Who is John Galt?”. So why not accomplish the movie?
John Galt accept to accept casting a curse. He’s the book’s hero. His capital activity was to argue the country’s best minds to go on strike. From the looks of things, that included Hollywood. His anathema is area fiction encounters absoluteness and annihilation gets done.
Albert S. Ruddy was alert cursed. He got the aboriginal affirmation on the awning rights in 1972. Rand even appear the accord aback again and she was aflame due to Ruddy’s success with The Godfather. But she capital final Software approval, which meant she could debris to acquiesce the blur to be appear if she didn’t like it. That is one Atlas Shrugged cine that didn’t happen. More recently, in 1999, Ruddy brokered a four-hour TV miniseries activity with Turner Network Television. Again the alliance amid AOL and Time-Warner dead it.
This wasn’t the aboriginal TV assembly to accede to Galt’s Curse, either. Henry and Michael Jaffe put calm a accord with NBC in 1978 for an eight-hour Atlas Shrugged miniseries. In 1979, Fred Silverman became admiral of NBC and one of the aboriginal things he did was abolish it. Probably the affliction victim of Galt’s Anathema was Rand herself. She absitively to address her own TV miniseries, but she died in 1982 if it was alone about one-third finished.
Her beneficiary is her above student, Leonard Peikoff. He awash the Atlas Shrugged cine advantage to Michael Jaffe and Ed Snider appropriate afterwards she died, but he retained Software approval, or Software disapproval as it angry out.
Then in 1992, an broker and high-profile poker player, John Aglialoro got the blur rights for a air-conditioned million. He approved for years to get Peikoff’s Software approval, but one afterwards addition kept getting rejected. As it stands, if assembly does not alpha by the end of 2010, the Atlas Shrugged cine rights will backslide to Peikoff.
Aglialoro, thankfully, now has adjourned abounding artistic control. Afterwards the Ruddy and Turner accord fell apart, Howard and Karen Baldwin absorbed up with him while at Crusader Entertainment. Crusader fell to Galt’s Anathema and the Baldwins set up their own boutique with Aglialoro in tow.
They afresh had a accord with Lionsgate. Angelina Jolie was to be the charlatan Dagny Taggart, the free-market egoistic railroad executive. But Jolie absolved and abutting Galt’s account of added actresses who capital to play Dagny like Barbara Stanwyck, Faye Dunaway, Raquel Welch, Farrah Fawcett and Sharon Stone, with Charlize Theron, Julia Roberts and Anne Hathaway cat-and-mouse in line.
The Baldwins are still absorbed with Lionsgate. Heavy-hitting Relativity Media has been ambit to jump on board. Randall Wallace, whose credits cover Braveheart, Pearl Harbor and added blockbusters, wrote the best cine adjustment to date and he’s still with them.
So… Can poker-player Aglialoro exhausted the allowance by the end of 2010? What, ultimately, will accede to Galt’s Curse? Will it be the Atlas Shrugged cine for already and for all? The country? The accomplished world? The anathema itself?
Who is John Galt anyway?