Sequel To 'Atlas Shrugged' Back On Track

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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. 

Image of Atlas Shrugged
Author: Ayn Rand
Price: $14.69
Publisher: Plume (1999)
Binding: Paperback, 1200 pages
Image of Atlas Shrugged: Part One
Director:
Starring: Edi Gathegi, Taylor Schilling
Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
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Renee Miller's picture
Renee Miller from Tweed, Ontario is reading The Wolf Gift February 3, 2012 - 4:53pm

Jeeze, I couldn't even get through the book. I can't imagine the horror that would be watching it on the big screen. Ick.

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry February 3, 2012 - 5:11pm

I read the book, and I liked it.  But it's not one that really lends itself to the screen.  Not because it's all vast, or internalized, or anything like that.  But because it's relatively boring.  I thought it was a neat homage to hard work and being good at your job (and took the politics thing a bit far), with a nod to the robber barons, but I think if I tried to read it sober I would likely find myself taking a lot of unplanned naps.  Especially during the two philosophical diatribes in it.  That was a bit much.  My buddy told me about those before I read it and I said, "No way.  What writer would do that?"  As it turns out, Ayn Rand would.

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James Storie from Alabama is reading Kafka on the Shore February 3, 2012 - 5:12pm

Half way through the book I understood that it was better as a door stop then something to read. So my copy still props a door open. 

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Boone Spaulding from Coldwater, Michigan, U.S.A. is reading Solarcide Presents: Nova Parade February 3, 2012 - 7:39pm

One of the few books I own that I haven't read. I tried. Rational self-interest is not that sympathetic a position...why do I care about the people in the novel? Wait - I don't....

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Bill Tucker from Austin, Texas is reading Child of God February 3, 2012 - 7:49pm

In my experience, you don't read an Ayn Rand novel.  You take a dissertation.  The real reason Atlus Shrugged the film was such a miserable movie wasn't the casting, the lack of money, the first time director or the wooden screenplay.  It's the fact that the book is comprised of Randian archtypes, not actual characters.

Ayn Rand writes only to preach her theories of objectivism, and while her prose is stunning, if not repetitive, the characters are only there to serve her moral agenda.  None of these characters arc unless dictated by her philosophy and while that may work in an over-written textbook, that doesn't work on film.  The characters in Atlus Shrugged give us nothing to latch onto as an audience and as a result, we're bored.

I'm actually shocked the film made as much as it did.  As a former student of the book, I was interested by the poor revies steered me away.  Good thing too, as I wasted six months of my life getting through that maddness.  No sense in devoting another two hours.

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Q Clemente from Virginia is reading "The Year of Our War," by Steph Swainston February 3, 2012 - 11:30pm

Now you don't have to be literate to get psudeo-intellectual affirmation for your douchebaggery!!!