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Atlas Shrugged Movie: 53 Years in the Making

July 29, 2010

While most of my passionate critics and commenters who clearly don’t know what they’re talking about troll, bombard this site with so much hate, and drivel on about their defense of legalized theft and extortion by the government, I’d like to post this video before going through our next stop: Anti-Trust law!

Kuya Noy said his administration plans to enact one anti-trust law. I and my friends strongly disagree. Anti-trust law is anti-innovation, anti-capitalism, anti-productiveness, and anti-poor. But the good thing is: no stupid, idiotic, supremacist creature will ever tell me I didn’t pass UPCAT or ACET, whatever these creepy acronym mean.

So Atlas Shrugged, the best defense of free-market capitalism, is now on the set. The producers said it will be a trilogy,and it is categorized as a $5-million indie feature. The movie producers are John Aglialoro and Harmon Kaslow.

Here’s a report from Variety.com:

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.

“Atlas,” published in 1957, takes place in a dystopian version of the U.S. in which society has collapsed as the government gains increasing controlover industry. The decline occurs while the most productive citizens, led by John Galt, begin vanishing.

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.

“Atlas” also stars Edi Gathegi, Jsu Garcia, Rebecca Wisocky, Ethan Cohn, Patrick Fischer, Neill Barry, Christina Pickles and Nikki Klecha.

The biggest challenge to director Paul Johansson is to concretize the 1,200-page book into a film output. Now I’m thinking of John Galt’s speech. Well, let’s just wait and see.

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