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Thursday, December 9, 2010
Ten facts about the upcoming "Atlas Shrugged" movie
I went to Manhattan this Tuesday to the Hudson Theater to see a bit of the upcoming "Atlas Shrugged" movie. It was the unfinished version and in its current state I thought it looked worth watching and better than direct to DVD, but, to use an Anne Rice cinema metric, more like "Queen of the Damned" than like "Interview with a Vampire."
Still, if you've never read AS you may want to do so now. It will be better to have read (the first third of) the book first, besides the fact that it will explain a lot about your libertarian friends and show you an amazingly prophetic story foreshadowing Bush-Obama late stage disaster statism.
Release date is April 15, 2011.
Armin Shimmerman, everyone's favorite Star Trek Ferengei/Buffyverse high school Principal, is in it.
Eddie Willers (Edi Gathegi) is like totally black!
Taylor Schilling ("Mercy") does at least have Dagny Taggart's fabled legs.
The movie is filmed with a new technology called red camera.
Sam Witwer, Jasmine's victim in "Angel," is in it.
Christina Pickles, who played Judy Geller, mother of Monica and Ross on "Friends," plays Hank Rearden's mother.
Who is John Galt? Paul Johansson of "One Tree Hill."
Except for co-writer/producer/funder John Aglialoro, no one involved had acquaintance with Ayn Rand's work beyond reading it in college.
People at the premier, including John Fund of the WSJ, Stephen Moore of the WSJ, Ed Crane of CATO, Matt Kibbe of FreedomWorks, David Nott of Reason Foundation, and Tucker Carlson of the Daily Caller seemed to think the trailer and unedited film looked good, and would have an impact on the culture and upcoming elections.
15 June 2010 6:23 AM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »
Filming has now started for 5 weeks on the $5 million big screen adaptation of author Ayn Rand's 1957 novel "Atlas Shrugged".
Shooting in Los Angeles, "Atlas Shrugged Part One" is directed by Paul Johansson from a script by Patrick O'Toole, for producers John Aglialoro and Harmon Kaslow.
The book explores a dystopian United States where leading innovators, ranging from industrialists to artists, refuse to be exploited by society. Protagonist, 'Dagny Taggart', sees society collapse around her as the government increasingly asserts control over all industry, while society's most productive citizens, led by the mysterious 'John Galt', progressively drop out. Galt describes the strike as "stopping the motor of the world" by withdrawing the "minds" that drive society's growth and productivity; with their strike these creative minds hope to demonstrate that the economy and society would collapse without the profit motive and the efforts of the rational and productive.