Forty years in the making: “Atlas Shrugged” trailer finally debuts

posted at 7:37 pm on February 11, 2011 by Allahpundit

No joke: 40 years. Philip Klein of AmSpec got a sneak peek at the trailer last night and ended up politely panning it, describing the Randian dialogue as stilted and the attempts to link the plot to current events as too strenuous. Fair enough, but realistically is there any way to turn this book into something that would please both mass audiences and Rand devotees? You have to choose, and anyone who loves her enough to make a multi-part film about it will probably choose the devotees.

If anything, to me it feels too generic, like a promo for some new Fox primetime soap about young, beautiful businesspeople. Think “Melrose Place” meets “Wall Street.” Or isn’t that what “Atlas Shrugged” basically is, plus some loooooooong didactic passages about libertarianism? (Haven’t read it!)

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Hollywood very seldom throws out a Conservative themed bone. I’ll probably check it out. No, definitely check it out.

hawkdriver on February 13, 2011 at 11:02 AM

Oh, dear…

I fully expect Hollywood plays up the ‘free sex/love’ angle in it and completely demolishes its fiscal arguments.

Scott H on February 13, 2011 at 3:53 PM

like a promo for some new Fox primetime soap

No big surprise there, check the director’s page at IMDB page. This is his first feature film project! But he has appeared in 13 episodes of Beverly Hills 90210.

And IMDB has Atlas Shrugged tagged as science fiction! Hollywood has no idea what this book is about. Small wonder it took them 40 years.

It’s going to be awful. For people expecting a clear- headed portrayal of the book it will stink more than Bonfire of the Vanities, Heaven’s Gate and Ishtar combined. Fans of the book are going to wish they waited another 40 years.

It’ll open well box office-wise because of the book’s dedicated following and then pfft. The sequels, if made, will go straight to, well, not to DVD anymore….straight to Netflix streaming, in the sci-fi category, no doubt. Right there next to Species IV: The Awakening.

Is it possible to make a good film from Rand’s work? Yes. Good but not great, though the Randian concepts are intact. Have a look at The Fountainhead sometime. No fair comparison though, because back then you had Gary Copper and Patricia Neal. This one has…who? Taylor Schilling and Edi Gathegi? Suffice to say they are not the Patricia Neal and Gary Cooper of our time.

And The Fountainhead script was penned by Rand herself (spoiler) and helmed by King Vidor. From King Vidor to a soap opera hack actor. How did it come to this?

curved space on February 13, 2011 at 6:16 PM

It is also fiction, after all. If everyone were to take inspiration from it and become objectivists, there would be no moochers or looters, and no one deserving of being trampled underfoot.

If its just fiction then why take it seriously? Aliens is just fiction and meant as entertainment. You are suggesting that we should take ‘inspiration’ from it and make a better society so you clearly see it as more than just fiction.

Do you BTW have a list of those who are deserving of being trampled underfoot?

Also interesting that you take selections from her cutting room floor as explanation. They aren’t things she kept in the book, but instead ideas she didn’t use, or later abandoned when she departed from Nietzsche.

They are in her books if you read them honestly, just not as blatant as the examples I chose. Her admiration for child murderers should alert you to something seriously wrong with her mental state. She didn’t abandon the idea of a superman and Nietzsche’s philosophy is to be found throughout her books.

But which would be worse – to be trampled underfoot by supermen, or to be enslaved to everyone who “needs” more than you? Be the Stakhanovite at a union or government job and see how that works out for ya.

CPL 310 on February 13, 2011 at 1:57 AM

Well gosh if I had to choose between Fascism and Communism I guess I would go with Fascism because at least the food is better. Given an actual choice I would choose neither.

Objectivism isn’t Fascist or Communist, but it is related in the sense that it is seriously wrong about human nature.

sharrukin on February 13, 2011 at 9:34 PM

I now take this opportunity to declare victory over the dark forces led by Deanna. She was ROFL-ing all over the place over my prediction that Atlas, The Movie would make 250 million, but when it came time to put a measly $100 where her cake-hole was, she clamped it, and clamped it good. So much the better for all of humanity.

The offer, BTW, is will be open until the last day of February, Deanna, and can be accepting only on If you ever do accept, put my name BCrago77 somewhere in the post, because this thread will soon be buried in the archives, so it will be easier for me to find your acceptance via Google.

BCrago77 on February 13, 2011 at 10:12 PM

I enjoyed the book and couldn’t help but note how it accurately describes today. The politics of it is spot on. As for the book for the book’s sake, Dagney Taggart is a Mary Sue before “Mary Sue” was even coined. To dump Hank Reardon just like that was rather female doggy.

hadsil on February 14, 2011 at 9:38 AM

I’m in the middle of reading this right now, actually. It’s pretty much my new favorite book.

lonesome_pine on February 14, 2011 at 5:24 PM

John Polito as Oren Boyle nails it. Michael Lerner as Wesley Mouch was also inspired casting.

mpbk on February 21, 2011 at 9:56 AM