Atlas Shrugged. So do I.

Atlas-Shrugged-theron_l After decades of false starts and dashed hopes, Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged may finally be coming to…(Sigh)…Yeah, I can’t. I can’t do this anymore. Period announcements, like the recent Risky Business Blog post that Charlize Theron is organizing a cable-TV miniseries adaptation, have been teasing me ever since I read Rand’s epic diatribe against intrusive government a decade ago. Theron wants to play railroad industrialist Dagny Taggart? Great. There’s room next to Angelina Jolie and Julia Roberts and all the other actors reportedly attached to the film during THE LAST 37 YEARS! Kripes. Theron was negative-3 years old when producer Albert Ruddy’s first attempt fell through. Good luck, Charlize, but until they start shooting film, I’ll assume every piece of Atlas Shrugged gossip was crafted by The Fountainhead‘s duplicitous Ellsworth Toohey.

Did the latest Atlas update get your hopes up, Rand fans? Is a miniseries the ideal format to tell Rand’s story, or would you prefer a feature film? And, if you were gambling, what year would you bet any version of Atlas Shrugged finally arrives? (I’m on the record with 2025).

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  • K

    I think this could work as either a mini-series, TV show, OR movie, but I just want it to happen already, and after all this time, I want it to be right. I think Charlize is a good actress but I don’t really see her in this. I think casting is huge for this project. I wish they’d remake Fountainhead too. I’m not a huge fan of the original film (good, but not great) and I would love to see a modern take. So sick of this project sitting in limbo.

  • Wojo

    A miniseries is the only true way to do this novel justice. A movie would crash and burn like a failed railroad. To encompass enough of the material to be worthwhile, a movie version would have to be like 4 hours long, and the subject matter would be too heavy to hold anyone’s attention for that length of time. On the other hand, a miniseries with four or five installments would be perfect. And Charlize Theron would be an awesome Dagny Taggart. My first thought was that she was way too pretty, but she’s shown that she can pull off different looks. She wouldn’t have to get as messed up as “Monster,” but the way she looked in “In the Valley of Elah” would definitely work.

  • Elle

    They should give it to the BBC and let them turn it into a Masterpiece Theater series. That’s the only way it will get done properly.

  • Gary

    Considering that this book has been a rallying cry for conservatives for years, there is no possibility that Hollywood would allow it to be made.

  • harry

    poor Jeff Labrecque. you sound so frustrated.

  • Chappelsc

    Even if Hollywood made Atlas Shrugged it would have so little resemblance to the novel that it would be meaningless. By the time they got finished with it Dagny Taggart would own a string of bikini/underwear shops, be a drug addict, have four funny ex-husbands, a bratty but wise 14 year old daughter who wants to go on birth control and there would be so many explosions in the film that guests in the International Space Station could spend their spare time watching the movie being made.

  • Lisa Scheaf

    I definately could see the part of Dagny
    being played by Ann Coultar!! Oh just had to say it..
    but seriously hurry and get it out there!

  • Elinor

    I think The Fountainhead is much more Hollywood-friendly (though I strongly disagree that Atlas is “a rallying cry for conservatives”)and that Atlas Shrugged is possibly too ambitious even for a mini-series. My excitement about an adaptation is quelled by my fear that the story will be butchered in translation. I’m with Labrecque, I’ll believe it when I see it.

  • KM

    As long as Angelina Jolie isn’t the one to make it, I’ll be happy. I can’t stand her.
    A mini-series would actually work a lot better. It’s a book that definitely needs more than just 2 hours to do it justice.
    But, I’m with you. I’ll believe it when I see it.

  • Marc

    I’m glad the producers got the feature film idea out of their systems. There is no way in Hell they could do Atlas justice in anything less than 6 hours. Personally, I’d like to see it as a weekly series of 30 episodes.
    The only thing I have against Jolie are the tattoos. Dagny would never get a tattoo. I think Theron could play Dagny.

  • chuck

    “Chuck Shrugged”.

  • Tuzo

    As much as I love the idea of a big screen adaptation I really think that a mini-series is the way to go — it’s probably the only way to handle the scope. And the recent EW Photo Gallery showed how good mini-series can be. Of course, that all depends on the producers getting the talent and throwing money at the project. I also worry that the story could be butchered. But I don’t worry that much because I don’t think Atlas Shrugged will be made anytime soon.

  • please don’t

    If the impending movie/miniseries is as terribly written as the original text, we can incorporate it into the new health care plan as a substitute for syrup of ipecac. Worse dreg doesn’t exist.

  • Miranda

    Love the book! Charlize would make a terrible Dagny

  • Jelana

    I think HBO might be able to handle this as a mini-series, but it still would be incredibly tricky to film. It’s an interesting work; it’s a great book, but I don’t agree with Rand’s premise or conclusions. The film adaptation would have to be thought-provoking. I always picture Cate Blanchett (I know I probably spelled that wrong) as Dagny.
    The real question, who is John Galt?

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