The long-awaited film adaptation of Ayn Rand’s classic Atlas Shrugged could well be on the way with Relativity Media apparently interested in the project and possibly coming aboard to provide financing alongside Lionsgate.
Rope of Silicon notes Angelina Jolie had been the centre of casting news when the book was originally tapped for an adaptation three years ago by Randall Wallace. That list has apparently now grown to include the likes of Charlize Theron, Julia Roberts and Anne Hathaway. RoS also notes that Vadim Perelman, the director of the excellent House of Sand of Fog, had been attached to direct at one point.
I was going to attempt to describe the book to you all but, instead, I’ll defer to RoS which gave this superb outline:
“The role the ladies would be vying for is that of Dagny Taggart. The story follows Taggart’s struggles to manage a transcontinental railroad amid the pressures and restrictions of massive bureaucracy. Her antagonistic reaction to a libertarian group seeking an end to government regulation is later echoed and modified in her encounter with a utopian community, Galt’s Gulch, whose members regard self-determination rather than collective responsibility as the highest ideal.”
It sounds made for possible Oscar glory if made right, although 1,100 page novels often come with a great degree of difficulty in adapting. Still, just to see someone take it on would provide a great thrill to the literary community.