I blogged the original announcement of the movie getting greenlit and starring Brangelina some time ago, but this latest news has me tickled pink. It’s gonna be a trilogy… if you can imagine.
Half of me wonders if Hollywood has concocted some secret movie formula that milks geeks of their box office dollars more efficiently (Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, The Matrix), and the other half is laughing because you just know that John Galt speech is so damn long it could be it’s own trilogy. Asymmetrical Information has the lowdown (via):
Anyway, I do enjoy Ayn Rand’s novels, just as I enjoy political realist fiction of all stripes (yes, I love those soviet movies with mighty-armed proletarians giving speeches to each other as they plant potatoes and fix their steely eyes on the bright Socialist horizon). But not in a religious fashion. So I was somewhat bemused to find out that they’re making a movie out of Atless Shrugged, possibly to star Angelina Jolie. A trilogy, in fact. Which, of course, makes one wonder: what percentage is taken up by John Galt’s 150 page speech? Is there any room left for hot Objectivist nude scenes?
One suspects that the folks in Hollywood have been deluded by the success of Lord of the Rings into believing that any book with a large following of slavish geeks will do well at the box office. But Lord of the Rings had rather more of a plot than Atlas Shrugged–somewhat too much, in fact. And the speechifying is rather minimal compared to Atlas. Even those of us who love Atlas–and really, is there any better beach reading?–have to admit that it’s more of a sermon with a cast than a fully realised epic.
Check out the original source for the scoop.