Posted 26 May 2010 - 04:19 PM
John Aglialoro, the entrepreneur who 17 years ago paid $1 million to option the book rights, is tired of the futility and is taking matters into his own hands. He’s announced that he is financing a June 11 production start in Los Angeles for the first of what he said will be four films made from the book.
Aglialoro, who had a hand in writing the script by Brian O’Tool, is taking on this ambitious plan with an unproven director, and is weeks away from production without stars to play Dagny Taggart, Hank Rearden, John Galt and the other roles. He's moving forward despite the conventional wisdom that without stars, it could ultimately be the audience that shrugged. . . .
Polk said that the idea of cutting through the bureaucracy and just getting started is consistent with the book's themes of capitalism and taking entrepreneurial risk. The story centers around Taggart, a railroad executive trying to keep her business on a growth track despite her feeling that innovators in hers and other industries have stopped innovating, which is causing society to crumble.
Deadline.com, May 26
Posted 26 May 2010 - 09:17 PM
Posted 26 May 2010 - 09:34 PM
John Aglialoro, the entrepreneur who 17 years ago paid $1 million to option the book rights, is tired of the futility and is taking matters into his own hands. He’s announced that he is financing a June 11 production start
June 11???? Two-and-a-half weeks from now June 11????
They planning to wrap up production on June 12 by any chance?
If this is about protecting a $1M investment in rights, it looks more like throwing good money after bad.
Posted 28 May 2010 - 01:37 AM
Edited by Persiflage, 28 May 2010 - 01:38 AM.
Posted 14 June 2010 - 01:00 PM
The long-brewing feature version of author Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged" has begun shooting in Los Angeles as a $5 million indie produced by John Aglialoro and Harmon Kaslow.
Cameras began rolling over the weekend on a five-week shoot for "Atlas Shrugged Part One" with Paul Johansson directing from Brian Patrick O'Toole's script. Aglialoro would have lost the feature rights if the film wasn't in production by Saturday.
A spokesman for Aglialoro -- the CEO of exercise equipment producer Cybex -- said there will be at least one more "Atlas Shrugged" shot after the current film's completed. Rand's massive novel is divided into three parts, each consisting of 10 chapters. . . .
Johansson ("One Tree Hill") portrays Galt. The lead role of railroad executive Dagny Taggart has gone to Taylor Schilling ("Mercy) and the part of Henry Reardon is being played by Grant Bowler ("Ugly Betty").
Michael Lerner ("A Serious Man") portrays lobbyist Wesley Mouch and director Nick Cassavetes has signed on for the Richard McNamara role. Other key cast include Matthew Marsdan as James Taggart and Graham Beckel as Ellis Wyatt. . . .
Variety, June 14
'Atlas Shrugged' Director Stephen Polk Bummed About Being Replaced: Lawsuit?
When I last checked on the project to turn Ayn Rand’s mammoth Atlas Shrugged into a feature film, Stephen Polk was excitedly discussing how he would realize a dream by coming out of nowhere to direct the film on June 11th. Well, the movie made its start date, but Polk is on the outside looking in. It's One Tree Hill star Paul Johansson directing and starring among a low-wattage cast, considering that Angelina Jolie and Charlize Theron each seriously flirted with playing protagonist Dagny Taggart. (Now that role will be played by Taylor Schilling.)
Polk tells me he was devastated to be replaced just two weeks before production started, and even more so when a Variety announcement today omitted him completely, even as a producer. Polk isn't shrugging this off. He has hired an attorney and predicts litigation in the near future. . . .
Mike Fleming, Deadline.com, June 14
Edited by Peter T Chattaway, 19 June 2010 - 01:09 PM.
Posted 03 February 2011 - 08:01 PM
Posted 04 February 2011 - 12:33 PM
You know that feeling you get when there's a movie based on a great book, and you think, "Well, the movie probably won't be all that, but maybe it will get more people to read the book"? I have exactly the opposite feeling about this movie. Please, somebody make it stop.
Posted 11 February 2011 - 07:23 PM
EDIT: A second viewing tells me that these must be freight trains. It still seems weird, though.
Edited by NBooth, 11 February 2011 - 07:27 PM.
Posted 12 February 2011 - 10:54 AM
For some reason, I find myself thinking, "Hey, there's a couple of Coen brothers veterans here."
Posted 12 February 2011 - 11:38 AM
Posted 12 February 2011 - 12:15 PM
Also, I will be very disappointed if there isn't a One Tree Hill/Atlas Shrugged mashup trailer by the end of the weekend.
Posted 12 February 2011 - 12:52 PM
Principal Snyder: "We can't afford to allow the expansion of a company which produces too much." Dun! Dun! Dun!
Angry white guy: "Maybe you should let me finish speaking!" Dum! Dum! Dum!
Posted 12 February 2011 - 01:51 PM
Posted 12 February 2011 - 02:13 PM
Well, it has a train wreck...or it is a train wreck.
Posted 16 February 2011 - 12:52 PM