A post by Maynard
I’m a great fan of Atlas Shrugged, but I’d be surprised if anyone could turn it into a decent movie. So we can hope for the best, but our enthusiasm must be cautious.
First the bad news. No, Angelina Jolie isn’t in this.
On the positive side, Variety says its actually filming. That makes it real, and not just another Hollywood rumor. Lots of projects never get off the ground.
The long-brewing feature version of author Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged” has begun shooting in Los Angeles as a $5 million indie produced by John Aglialoro and Harmon Kaslow.
Cameras began rolling over the weekend on a five-week shoot for “Atlas Shrugged Part One” with Paul Johansson directing from Brian Patrick O’Toole’s script. Aglialoro would have lost the feature rights if the film wasn’t in production by Saturday.
A spokesman for Aglialoro — the CEO of exercise equipment producer Cybex — said there will be at least one more “Atlas Shrugged” shot after the current film’s completed. Rand’s massive novel is divided into three parts, each consisting of 10 chapters.
Hmmmm. $5 million is nothing. This is a tight budget. No big names. So there won’t be a lot of resources. I figure it will either have a limited art house release or it will go direct to video. But the real question is, do they have the talent? (I’m assuming the filming will actually continue, and they didn’t just put in a day of filming as a contractual obligation to avoid losing the rights, and now they’ll go into a hiatus. That sort of thing wouldn’t surprise me in Hollywood.)
Hmmmm again. If they’re filming in Los Angeles, I wonder if us locals can go over and volunteer to be extras. Maybe a cameo from the lovely Diana Moon Glampers?
Here is the IMDB entry. Yet another hmmm…The director, Paul Johansson, also plays the role of John Galt. This guy must really live and breathe the scenario. (Of course, that can now be said of anyone living in Obama’s America.)
Hey, the production has a Facebook page! Befriend them if you dare!