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Coming Soon: Atlas Shrugged

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  1. BobCox

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    Coming Soon: Atlas Shrugged

    Lionsgate Vice Chairman Michael Burns is the force behind the company's ambitious plans to adapt Ayn Rand's epic novel, Atlas Shrugged, for the screen. The longtime admirer of Miss Rand's, from his early productive years working on Wall Street, eventually went West, co-founding the Hollywood Stock Exchange and joining Lionsgate's board of directors. Burns became the firm's vice chairman in 2000.

    Under his leadership, according to Lionsgate, annual revenues have grown from $150 million to a projected $1.2 billion and increased market capitalization from $80 million to over $1.2 billion. Burns virtually eliminated Lionsgate's corporate bank debt by converting it into long-term subordinated debt at a blended annual rate of approximately three percent.

    Among Lionsgate's well-known pictures: 2006 Best Picture Academy Award®-winning Crash, Monster's Ball and the Saw and Tyler Perry franchises. Recent features include The Bank Job, Good Luck Chuck, the 3:10 to Yuma remake and Away from Her. This week, Lionsgate opened the Chinese fantasy, The Forbidden Kingdom. Burns talked about the company's long-awaited version of the 1957 bestseller Atlas Shrugged during an interview on Sunset Boulevard.



    Box Office Mojo: Is Angelina Jolie still confirmed to portray Dagny Taggart in Lionsgate's adaptation of Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged ?

    Michael Burns: Yes.

    http://www.boxofficemojo.com/features/?id=2487&p=.htm

    Above and more at the link
    He bought the rights to the Atlas Shrugged in a Catholic Church - :laugh:LOL

    Who is John Galt?
     
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    Re: Coming Soon: Atlas Shrugged

    It's going to be a nine-hour movie with a seven-hour monologue in it, right?
     
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    Re: Coming Soon: Atlas Shrugged

    RTFA
    I think 2 movies is the way to go myself but I like this in Fantasy-Land.
    Box Office Mojo: Ayn Rand sought to portray "man as a heroic being." Isn't Clint Eastwood an anti-hero?

    Michael Burns: No. He reminds me of [Atlas Shrugged oilman] Ellis Wyatt.
     
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    Re: Coming Soon: Atlas Shrugged

    If it's as boring as the book, it'll be a real crowd pleaser, donchaknow.
     
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    It's the type that goes over better in the depression era I admit...
    Like Statler and Waldorf
    I like Ayn & Tom Paine, and See My Homepage for My Bible so to speak.
     
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    Re: Coming Soon: Atlas Shrugged

    Since your post, as usual, was indecipherable, I can't tell whether you just badmouthed Statler and Waldorf. For the sake of everyone involved, I'll just assume you didn't.
     
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    Re: Coming Soon: Atlas Shrugged

    Only Half the team, I'm the other one.
     
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    Re: Coming Soon: Atlas Shrugged

    I think it could be interesting, since a movie will omit the large repetition found in the book. They'll probably add car chases and gun fights and such drivel, though. It's a dialogue-heavy book.
     
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    Re: Coming Soon: Atlas Shrugged

    I saw part of the movie The Fountainhead. It's in black and white with Gary Cooper as Roark. I didn't like it.
    I think it would be very challenging to make a decent movie out of an Ayn Rand book.
     
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    Re: Coming Soon: Atlas Shrugged

    I like this version better.



     
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    And The Fountainhead was contradictory at the end.
    He used dynamite to blow up the cheap housing because people used his work in a way he didn't want it used.
    But Alfred Nobel was horrified when he realized what some people would do with his invention. I don't think he would have approved of Roark's use of it.



     
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    Re: Coming Soon: Atlas Shrugged

    I hope for the best, but I don't see how they can take a novel of that magnitude and cram it into movie form.

    (Also, Brad Pitt would make an excellent Wyatt, and Uma Thurman would make a great Lillian, I'm thinking.)
     
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    Re: Coming Soon: Atlas Shrugged

    Manchurian Candidate came out OK the 2nd time LOL- I have the movie poster on the original one, Fountainhead was OK IMO and Night of January 16th gets done as a play lots.

    I like challenging Movies, would be hard not to make this one a challenging movie if your going to do it correctly. :cool:


     
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    Re: Coming Soon: Atlas Shrugged

    Michael Burns is pretty good at this movie making stuff, so I think there's good reason to be optimistic. The casting will be all important because the story is about as character-driven as it gets. And the characters are over-the-top. Rand is not subtle.

    When I first read Atlas Shrugged I thought about how it could be made into a movie. I don't think it's particularly well suited to the big screen, but that's the best way to reach a very large audience, and I think everyone should be exposed to Rand's message. As long as the movie delivers the philosophy effectively, I'll be happy.
     
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    Re: Coming Soon: Atlas Shrugged

    Rand's message is like a pervert's penis. The crazies think everyone should see it, but no one really wants to.



     
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    Re: Coming Soon: Atlas Shrugged

    If Ayn Rand is anything like An Roquelaure then this could make for a pretty good movie.
     
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    Re: Coming Soon: Atlas Shrugged

    That analogy completely lost me . . . did you intend it to be a joke?



     
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    A pseudo-joke. I could have just been outright and said I think Rand is a nutjob.

    What do Ayn Rand and Barack Obama have in common? Neither one thinks Hillary Clinton should be president. :tongue:



     
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    Re: Coming Soon: Atlas Shrugged

    I love ethical egoism, and think that a movie would be a very good thing, especially if it made Ayn Rand more money. I want Ayn Rand to make more money. She deserves to have good things happen to her.
     
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    Re: Coming Soon: Atlas Shrugged

    I might agree with you as far as Rand herself. I like her ideas, and I find her vision inspiring, but unfortunately, it doesn't seem to me like she (or the people who call themselves Objectivists) always practiced what she preached. It seems more like a cult to me.
    I admit, I chuckled. :tongue:

    EDIT:

    You do realize she's dead, right?



     

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