is reporting that a long-awaited adaptation of Ayn Rand's novel Atlas Shrugged may soon be coming to theaters...if anyone chooses to show up to act in it. John Aglialoro, who owns the rights, is apparently so fed up with waiting for someone else to finance the production that he's going to go ahead and throw one together himself, despite the fact that his director is exceedingly green and that none of the major roles have yet been cast.
Atlas Shrugged, if you haven't read it, is a story about the healing power of altruism. Hah, no; it's a cautionary fable about a woman who runs a train company in an era when the government is attempting to exert greater control over private industry. It's perhaps best known for a nearly 70-page speech by a character named John Galt, in which he expounds upon Rand's theories of Objectivism and self-interest. (If you're a gamer, you'll probably also recognize the character Andrew Ryan as an expositor of many Randian themes in the BioShock series.) It's not exactly Nabokov, but as a philosophical novel, it has proven to be immensely influential, perhaps especially over the past couple of years of the Tea Party movement, which would explain the timing of this film adaptation. But like most philosophical novels, it's a bit dense, so it'll be interesting to see how the filmmakers condense an 1,100 page novel into a watchable film. Especially without, you know, actors.