The new producers are Ray’s Howard and Karen Baldwin, who got the rights in 2003 and originally planned to split the story into two films. “What we’ve always needed was a studio that had the same passion for this project that we and John have,” Baldwin tells Variety. Fast-forward to today and Lionsgate has agreed to come aboard and fund the tale — but only as a single pic.
Enter Jolie and Pitt, who are both fans of Rand’s work. They’re considering the two main roles of Dagny Taggart and John Galt. If they agree to work for less money upfront, the movie may finally see the inside of a cinema.
OK, back the fuck up… Are Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt libertarians? Or am I totally reading too much into that? And what’s with taking less money in order to make a film that trumpets capitalism? How… bizarre.
But seriously, I am really psyched about seeing this film finally get made, and I applaud Brangelina (sorry, I’m only using that term for the throngs of idiots who buy into it as a search term) for being the first to step up to the plate to play the lead roles.
As a casting question, who would you choose to play the other characters in the book? My hot list is Francisco d’Anconia played by Antonio Banderas and Ragnar Danneskjold played by Michael Douglas in character from Falling Down.
Update: VodkaPundit puts out.