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‘Who Is John Galt?’ Bringing ‘Atlas Shrugged’s Last Act To Big Screen After Major Overhaul

By | Friday February 21, 2014 @ 11:00am PST

Atlas Shrugged Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt? is the final film in the trilogy adaptation of Ayn Rand’s iconic libertarian novel Atlas Shrugged, which shaped a generation and was the basis of Alan Greenspan’s hands-off governing philosophy for the U.S. economy — which he admitted to when questioned by Congress. The path of this both beloved and reviled novel into Hollywood has been fraught with stops and starts over its 36-year journey to completion (30 years longer than it took Rand to write it). It was broken into a trilogy — two parts of which have previously bombed at the box office. Atlas Shrugged is Rand’s fourth and last book and definitely her magnum opus. When it first debuted in 1957, Rand’s controversial book stayed on the New York Times bestseller’s list for 22 weeks. It is still considered a must-read in conservative and libertarian circles and a favorite of corporate tycoons.

nonameAfter failures of the first two installments, rights owner/producer John Agioloro put his full support behind commercials director Jim Manera for doing a complete overhaul. The director said he concentrated on making the story commercial for 2014 audiences — it will be set in 2020. The third installment, according to Manera, is “a very different motion picture than the first two. You can’t even compare them.” The third one, at least, has a recognizable name in Rob Morrow as metal magnate Hank Rearden. It also stars Kristoffer Polaha as Galt, Laura Regan (Mad Men) as Dagny Taggart, Joaquim de Almeida as her lifelong friend Francisco d’Anconia, and Eric Allan Kramer as pirate Ragnar Danneskjöld. Aglialoro and Harmon Kaslow, who produced the first two films, are producing again.

The first two films, both of which went through various incarnations, never lived up to their expectations. “There is a level of actor talent that you must have to be able to pull this off,” said Manera. “The cast on this one will exceed viewer expectations.” Dave Mason, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of the 1970s legendary band Traffic, will be involved in the music for the film, which just wrapped Friday after only 17 days of shooting. It will bow in September; Aglialoro set up Atlas Distribution Company to handle the film’s distribution deals.

The story follows railroad executive Dagny Taggart as she navigates her way through an inefficient economical culture. The book endorses free enterprise with no federal regulation, and the dystopian tale ultimately sees the great minds of industry shutting down their factories and disappearing to join a “strike” led by John Galt. In the novel, Rand challenges altruism and moral obligation and boldly celebrates reason, capitalism and individualism. The 1,200-page tome, according to Manera, “is a cry out for freedom from the shackles of inefficiency.”

The last part of the novel has been considered the hardest to adapt and film as it contains a 60-plus page speech by Galt. So how do you make the third act into a movie? Read More »

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‘Atlas Shrugged 3′ Set For Summer 2014

By | Tuesday March 26, 2013 @ 8:10pm PDT

Oh no, not again. It notched less than $8M in box office with 2011′s Part I and 2012′s Part II combined. But Atlas Shrugged producers John Aglialoro and Harmon Kaslow somehow raised more cash to funnel into the final installment of the critically panned series. Part III is aiming for a summer 2014 theatrical release with a script adapted by franchise writers Duncan Scott and Brian O’Toole, from Ayn Rand’s novel. Production and distribution company Atlas Productions LLC made the announcement today accompanied by another bizarre promo video:

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Relativity, Netflix Sued Over ‘Atlas Shrugged: Part 1′ License Fees

By | Wednesday May 30, 2012 @ 5:47pm PDT

Maker of Atlas Shrugged: Part 1 Atlas Productions filed suit today in Los Angeles Superior Court against Relativity Media, RML Acquisitions and Netflix over failure to pay license fees and alleging copyright infringement. Atlas accuses the companies of breach of contract and failure to pay $1.5 million in license fees in connection with post-theatrical distribution of Atlas Shrugged: Part 1 including video on demand on Netflix. Atlas Productions says that despite demands for two separate payments of $750,000, no payment has been made. A separate part of the suit accuses Netflix of copyright infringement. Atlas seeks $1.5 million plus interest plus unspecified general damages as well as court costs and any further relief the court deems appropriate for breach of contract plus additional damages on other causes of action including copyright infringement by Netflix. You can read the lawsuit here.

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Confusing Trailer: ‘Atlas Shrugged’

By | Saturday February 12, 2011 @ 1:17pm PST

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‘X-Men: First Class’ Drafts Twilight Vampire Edi Gathegi To Play Biracial Mutant Darwin

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Edi Gathegi, who played a chillingly evil vampire in Twilight and Twilight Saga: New Moon, is joining X-Men: First Class in the role of Darwin. That character, the first bi-racial mutant (in the comic series), has the power of “reactive evolution,” which allows him to adapt to any situation or environment. Plunged underwater, he’ll grow gills, he’ll gain night vision in pitch black and his skin grows fire retardant when burned.

Gathegi, who played Laurent in the Twilight films, just wrapped production on the Paul Johansson-directed adaptation of the Ayn Rand novel Atlas Shrugged. He’s repped by Paradigm and Framework.

X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn has set James McAvoy to play Xavier, Michael Fassbender to play Magneto, Alice Eve as Emma Frost, Nicholas Hoult to play Beast, Jennifer Lawrence to play Mystique, Caleb Landry Jones to play Banshee and Lucas Till to play Havoc. Kevin Bacon is playing the villain.

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Barry Levinson Directs On Big Screen Again, Nick Cassavetes Acts, Jeff Bridges Walks

Mike Fleming

Some action on the feature front. Sony’s Columbia Pictures attached Barry Levinson to direct Brother Jack, a  Mosaic-produced drama based on the life of human rights activist Jack Healey. Harley Peyton wrote the script and Kelly Masterson is rewriting. Levinson’s got a little momentum from the Jack Kevorkian biopic You Don’t Know Jack which he directed for HBO to 15 Emmy nominations today…

I must amend a recent post about the lack of starpower (compared to other versions of the film contemplated over the years) in the film adaptation of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. There’s a recognizable name in the cast of a movie that financier John Aglialoro put into production just before he would have lost the rights to the author’s estate. It’s filmmaker Nick Cassavetes, who’s playing the role of Richard McNamara. The film is being directed by Paul Johansson (who also plays John Galt), and Johansson acted in the Cassavetes-directed Alpha Dog. Cassavetes, who is also playing himself in current episodes of Entourage, is moonlighting as he and Warner Bros work out a cast for the remake of A Star Is Born that he plans to direct…

Despite reports to the contrary, Oscar-winning Crazy Heart star Jeff Bridges is not starring in Great Hope Springs. That’s the film that Mike Nichols is eyeing to direct and Meryl Streep is in talks to star in the saga of a couple whose 30-year marriage is crumbling and hinges on an intense couples’ counseling weekend. Bridges was never firm, and given his … Read More »

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