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May 25, 2006

Atlas Shrugged: The Movie

Doing some poking around, reading up on Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged today and see that the movie rights have been bought and some casting prospects have been made.

To be up front, I know that there are folks who live by Ayn's philosophies and that her novels are considered scripture. I'm not one of them, but I have enjoyed most of her writings. Some pretty long and in-depth philosophical conversations interwoven into the plots. I should also say that I rarely go to the movie theater, maybe two or three times a year.

Even with that said, I can't believe a 21st century movie will be able to do justice to the work, and James V. Hart as the screenplay writer doesn't give me much to be hopeful for. Having written screenplays for Lara Croft Tombraider, Hook, and Muppet Treasure Island don't seem to add up to being brought on for this film.

And no disrespect to Brad Pitt or Angelina Jolie, I just can't imagine Mr. and Mrs. Smith doing this right. Brad would be a good Hank Reardon, but not John Galt. And Angelina Jolie as Dagny Taggart seems way off. My version of Dagney is more sophisticated and respectable, a far shot from "Acid Burn".

The Fountainhead (article neutrality under dispute) was made into a movie back in 1949 when Ayn was still alive. I haven't seen it, but Ayn wrote the screenplay so I must believe that she was able to shape the movie into something acceptable. I'm not sure I can say the same will happen with Atlas Shrugged.

Looks like it's scheduled for sometime in 2008, gives me two years to simmer down.

Posted by mike at May 25, 2006 10:18 AM