To help dispel some common myths floating around about the new Atlas Shrugged movie:
- “It will star Angelina Jole.” She was in serious discussions at one point a few years ago, but those plans fell through. Nor will it star Brad Pitt, who was also rumored to be interested. The movie stars Taylor Schilling (as Dagny Taggart) and Grant Bowler (as Hank Rearden).
- “Packing the novel into a single-length film will ruin it.” Or: “It’s going to be a miniseries.” There was some talk of a miniseries many years ago, but none of the networks signed on for it. The current production is instead a trilogy, corresponding to the three parts of the Atlas Shrugged novel. And it will be released in movie theaters, rather than direct to television.
- “Their budget was only $5 million.” That figure has been cited widely, especially by those disparaging the movie. The final production budget is closer to $10 million, and the full budget is likely to be $25 million by the time the movie is released.
- “Vadim Perelman is the director.” He was involved in plans for the movie a few years ago, but they didn’t pan out. The director is Paul Johansson.
- “Hollywood is gonna ruin it!” Many people have complained that Hollywood will inevitably water down Ayn Rand’s themes, but actually there were no major studios involved. The first part of the trilogy was financed out of John Aglialoro’s pocket. The pre-production, shooting, and post processes were not supervised by a studio representative the same way other movies are.
We’ll continue adding (and correcting) myths on this page as we come across them. If you spot any other myths that need to be dispelled, feel free to mention them in the comments below.