The film that no one thought could be made is finally being released: Ayn Rand’s magnum opus, Atlas Shrugged. The movie was made on a relatively small budget and with no name actors, but the fact that it was made at all is quite an accomplishment considering all the past failures. Since no one in Hollywood would dare pick it up and market it, the producers of the film are promoting it independently and are bringing it to select theaters on America’s Tax Day, April 15th. They are hoping through word of mouth and social media that it will spread in popularity and become a sleeper hit like My Fat Greek Wedding. Since the book is over a thousand pages, they are splitting it into three parts, with each part to come out a year after the last.
In most surveys of people’s most influential books, Atlas Shrugged typically makes it in the top ten. After being out for over 50 years, the novel is still selling really well and has surged in popularity since 2008. Atlas Shrugged is not only about an individual’s struggle against a big government dystopia, but it lays out Ayn Rand’s philosophy of objectivism. This controversial philosophy holds the individual as paramount, promoting personal responsibility as sacred and the fruits of one’s labor as something that cannot be claimed by any other person. Obviously you can see why the liberal Hollywood media would hate this film.
For those interested, here’s the official trailer: