Sequel To 'Atlas Shrugged' Back On Track
via Huffington Post:
Get ready for Atlas Shrugged II: Atlas Harder!
Last year, Atlas Shrugged: Part I hit theaters. Just wanted to put that out there, since no one seemed to notice. The movie, based on Ayn Rand's novel, was universally reviled and ignored. It earned a paltry $4.6 million at the box office and a dismal 11 percent rating at Rotten Tomatoes.
Rolling Stone's Peter Travers said the movie "sits there flapping on screen like a bludgeoned seal." And that was one of the nicer comments.
The reaction was so bad that businessman John Aglialoro, who sunk a considerable amount of time and money into the project, called off the planned sequel and three-quel shortly after the movie came out. He whined:
"Why should I put up all of that money if the critics are coming in like lemmings?" said Aglialoro. "I’ll make my money back and I'll make a profit, but do I wanna go and do two? Maybe I just wanna see my grandkids and go on strike."
I don't get the lemming analogy. Or how you can go on strike from a job that no one asked you to do. But, okay, sure.
The embarrassment didn't end there, by the way. When the DVD was released, the cover said the theme of the movie was self-sacrifice, which is the exact opposite of what the book is about: rational self-interest. Rand's novel, a defense of capitalism, is a sacred text among conservatives (like Aglialoro).
So, anyway, the second installment is back on (no word on whether it's still being made into a trilogy).
It will begin production in April and hit theaters in October, under the misguided assumption that this will somehow influence the presidential elections. (Because if you like the book/movie, you probably do not like President Obama.)
Rocky Mountain Pictures plans to re-cast the sequel. Because clearly the problem with the movies was the cast, and not the fact that the chicken fajitas I had for lunch today are more cinematic than Rand's novel.
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