It looks like Ayn Rand's novel Atlas Shrugged has actually moved into film production. The movie started shooting over the weekend, which is a surprise because last we heard there was no official word on who was attached to star in or direct it. The only thing we really knew what that producer John Aglialoro was going to get the film into production and in front of cameras no matter what.
The film was originally supposed to be directed by Stephen Polk, son of former MGM chairman Louis Polk, but at some point during the last couple of weeks Paul Johansson, creator and director of the TV show One Tree Hill, was brought in to develop the film adaptation.
It should be very interesting to see how this movie turns out, I have a feeling it's not going to be good. This film was rushed into production at the last minute to keep Aglialoro from losing the film right to this massive novel, because had he not started shooting on Saturday he would have lost them.
They have set a five week shooting schedule for the film on a budget of only $5 million dollars. How they are going to tell this story for $5 million dollars properly is beyond me, but maybe they have found a way. The movie is based off of a script that Aglialoro wrote with Brian Patrick O’Toole. The film will tell the story of a man who said he would stop the motor of the world--and did. What they are filming now is labeled ‘part one,’ so I assume there is going to be a part two. Aglialoro says that will shoot after this one is complete.
As for the cast, Johansson will play John Galt, Taylor Schilling from Mercy will be Dagny Taggart, and Henry Reardon is played by Grant Bowler from Ugly Betty and Lost. Rounding out the cast is Edi Gathegi, Jsu Garcia, Rebecca Wisocky, Ethan Cohn, Patrick Fischer, Neill Barry, Christina Pickles and Nikki Klecha.