The on-again off-again movie project of Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged is on again according to entrepreneur and executive producer for Lionsgate fims John Agliaro.
With Hollywod's writers' strike over and Angelina Jolie reportedly and despite reports still firmly attached to the project -- "[lead character] Dagny Taggart is the most relatable character to me of all the extensive literature I have ever read,” Jolie is amusingly reported as saying -- Agliaro is looking forward to seeing some progress. In an interview with Susan Paris, Agliaro admits
The Writers Guild strike has delayed us... Rand’s original title for Atlas Shrugged was The Strike. So irony of ironies, we’re being held up by a strike. Fortunately the Directors Guild has already settled.
If it wasn’t for the writers' strike the script would be finished and we’d be looking at locations.
So when will filming begin? Which other actors are involved? What can he tell us about the script? Answers all there in the interview, some of which I might wish were otherwise -- I'm still not sure it's a project to which this crew can do justice. One thing for sure about which Agliaro is almost certainly correct: if the project does get off the ground then as he says "We will have hostile reviews."
I think the extreme right and the extreme left will unite in a rare unity to denounce the movie and its philosophic message.
Let's hope if it does get off the ground this time there's enough in the final cut about which they can be hostile.