Perelman To Helm Atlas Shrugged

Vadim Perelman (“House of Sand and Fog”) has been brought in to rewrite and direct the film version of Ayn Rand’s famed 1957 novel “Atlas Shrugged” for Lionsgate reports Variety.

While the studio needs to get a final script before committing to a start date, the move means they’re in a strong position for an early 2008 production start.

The drama revolves around what happens when great industrialists and thinkers go on strike and the world grinds to a halt. Angelina Jolie remains committed to star and will probably do so once wrapping work on the Clint Eastwood-directed “The Changeling” for Universal.

“Braveheart” scribe Randall Wallace penned the original 127-page draft and will also stay involved in the project.