John Aglialoro, producer of the new “Atlas Shrugged” film, joined Rick Folbaum to talk about why he felt it was so important to get this movie made and why it took so long to bring it to the big screen.
The Wall Street Journal’s blog Speakeasy has some helpful background on the book, and on Rand:
Rand and her army of ideological adherents—both then and now—claim that “Atlas Shrugged” is the greatest novel ever written. Even those who have never read it know the plot: America’s productive titans go on strike against a progressively intrusive, tax-happy, and morally corrupt socialistic government until, at last, the nation’s “looters and moochers” beg them to come back and restore prosperity on their terms, ending with the promise of a utopia of the competent and the strong. “For the first time [in history], you have depicted persons and their actions in perfect accordance with principles and their consequences,” libertarian founding father Murray Rothbard wrote to Rand about the book in 1957, adding that she had “a mind that I unhesitatingly say is the most brilliant of the twentieth century.” (A few years later, he compared her exercise of control over the minds of her followers to the cults of Hitler, Mao, and Trotsky.) Delineating a world in which productive, purposeful people like herself could thrive without being thwarted by the envy, greed, or interference of others less gifted was her life’s mission. She accomplished it in “Atlas Shrugged” and wanted to see nothing less than a movie that represented her imagined world in all its glorious details and dark colors.
The reason tha Atlas opened in only 300 theaters was that without a “distribution deal” with a distributor they didn’t have the money to do more. However being sold out over the opening weedend attracted the needed money.