The long-gestating film adaptation of Ayn Rand’s 1957 literary classic “Atlas Shrugged” has suddenly raced forward and will head into production in just two weeks reports Deadline New York.
Entrepeneur John Aglialoro scored the film rights to the work back in 1992 but attempts to adapt the 1100-page property have encountered numerous problems and false starts over the years. The likes of Angelina Jolie, Charlize Theron and Faye Dunaway have also been attached at one point or another.
As a result, a fed up Aglialoro is proceeding along his own agenda and is independently financing a June 11th production start in Los Angeles on the first in a quadrilogy of features based on the objectivism-spouting property. Brian O’tool and Aglialoro co-wrote the script and Stephen Polk has been hired to make his directorial debut on the project which has been in secretive pre-production for months.
The surprise here though is that no-one has yet been cast, and while Theron and Maggie Gyllenhaal are “being courted” to play the lead Dagny Taggart, the production will go forward with unknowns if needs be as financing is already in place.