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Atlas Shrugged Movie

Dan
dbclawyer
Allen, TX
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Thought some might find this interesting:

John Galt and Dagny
Sherry
SherryTX
Plano, TX
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Eeeek...I dunno.... I think she could pull it off, but not him. I don't think he is that great of an actor. I really wouldn't want to hear his voice do that radio speech, even if it is shortened from 57 or so pages to maybe 5 minutes. It just wouldn't seem right. And, would they make changes in the script to put him too early in the movie, so people wouldn't complain about waiting so long to see him?

Rand wrote that she had wanted to do Atlas as a mini-series. I wonder if they could keep the story true in just a 2 or 3 hour movie. Personally, I would love to see Atlas Shrugged undertaken by a director that would be willing to do it as a mini series and keep the movie true to the book.
A former member
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Yes, I think a mini-series would be best.

Also, I think that it might be better to do an animated version rather than use live-actors.
A former member
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Also, I think that it might be better to do an animated version rather than use live-actors.

Someone wanted to know if I was serious about the animated version. I was. Unless you are familiar with Japanese Animations like Akira, you may think of animation as being like Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny, but animation can be a serious and adult-oriented subgenera of cinematography.
A former member
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A couple of years ago, I would have shuddered at the thought of Brad Pitt playing John Galt, but after I saw the movie Troy, I changed my opinion of Pitt, and now think he is okay. It turned out that Pitt is a decent actor, it was just that most of the movies he was staring in were bad.
Sherry
SherryTX
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I felt physically ill when I saw that Brangelina was being considered for Galt and Dagny Taggart. I just cannot get past them. Not for this movie...no..noooo...it would be like if I was a christian and if they were casting Marilyn Mason as the lead role in Passion of the Christ.

shudder.

Dean, I do agree...an animated series could work great. There are plenty of series animated series geared towards mature (not porn) audiences.
Chris Jones
gearjammer351
Dallas, TX
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I don't mind the choice of actors, I am more concerned about how badly it could be done. I have seen too many good books made into terrible movies. If it were made badly enough (considering Hollywoods ideologies) it could harm the reputation of Ayn Rand as a philosopher. I think it is probably not going out on a limb to say more people are influenced by films than by books these days!
Chuck
SmithChuck
Mesquite, TX
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Several years ago (I think around '93) Leonard Peikoff did a lecture on the correlation between Certainty and Happiness (The CD of which I highly recommend). During the Q & A, he was asked about a movie for Atlas Shrugged.

LP wasn't confident that a 3-4 hour movie could do the book justice. He said Rand had calculated that it might could be done in 4:40, minimum. LP didn't see how that was possibble (neither do I).

At the time, Peikoff still had the right to script approval. He had given the potential producers five points which, if positively conveyed to a considerable degree, he thought would at least make some movie watchers say to themselves, "Hmmm...I wonder what this is all about," and want to read the book; and at the same time the movie would remain true enough to the main theme and sub-themes. He said he would consider the movie a successful or at least worthwhile effort if those five ideas were presented effectively.

Now, can anyone guess what those five points or ideas were?

(If you attended the lecture or have the CD, please refrain from giving it away. I think it will be fun and interesting to see what guesses come from those who haven't heard them before.)

Come on, brainstorm a little. Let's see how closely we can come to nailing some of them.

NTOS may come up with some good ones LP didn't think of (yeah, well...).

I'll give everyone time to post some guesses, and I'll post the answers this weekend.
Then we can argue about the merits of NTOS' guesses vs LP's list. It'll be fun. Party down.

-Chuck
Sherry
SherryTX
Plano, TX
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Chuck...can you give us any guesses?
Chuck
SmithChuck
Mesquite, TX
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Chuck...can you give us any guesses?

Sherry,
Do you mean hints, clues....?
-Chuck
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