I thought Atlas Shrugged was a phenomenal book and I would really be looking forward to seeing what Hollywood does with it, except that I'd be surprised if Hollywood doesn't screw it up.
For one thing, Atlas Shrugged is really too long to be done as a two hour movie. You'd probably need 3 hours or even a mini-series to do it effectively. I've heard some people suggest that they might do it as two parter, like Kill Bill, but I'm not really sure that would work either.
Even setting the length problem aside, the really big problem is that Atlas Shrugged is a book that completely and utterly rejects the liberal view of the world and yet, the project would end up being run by liberals from top to bottom. How can you expect a bunch of liberals to faithfully recreate Atlas Shrugged when a big part of the message of the movie is, "Big government liberalism will ruin the country?"
Somehow, some way, by the time the liberals get done tinkering with the script, it'll probably be conservative business owners wrecking America, socialists trying to save the country, and everyone will be walking around asking, "Who is Che Guevara?"
Saturday, May 06, 2006
Casting And Script By Wesley Mouch
John Hawkins on the prospects of an Atlas Shrugged movie from Hollywood: