Zack Snyder has confirmed in a response to a fan question recently that his next project will be the film adaptation of Ayn Rand’s 1943 novel “The Fountainhead”. The “Man of Steel” and “300” director was previously developing the wartime drama “The Last Photograph” as his next film, but it looks like this one is going first.
The 1943 novel has previously been adapted for film with Gary Cooper and Patricia Neal starring in the 1949 version. The story follows an iconoclastic architect who spends the tale striving to pursue his creative vision and overcome critics and colleagues who doubt him, eventually winning out and becoming recognized for his greatness. The story is also infamous for a scene in which Roark rapes the female lead.
It was a precursor to Rand’s famous and contentious objectivist philosophy which puts ruthless individualism above any kind of collectivism, though in the case of ‘Fountainhead’ she avoids the political and economic implications of her philosophy as opposed to ‘Atlas’ where they are front and center.
Snyder and his Cruel & Unusual Films label have a deal at Warner Bros. Pictures where he has made all of his feature films of the past decade or so.