John Aglialoro refuses to be held down, ATLAS SHRUGGED to start filming in June
In a brilliant move of Randian heroism, John Aglialoro is moving on with ATLAS SHRUGGED on June 11, whether his film has stars or not. Aglialoro practiced restraint, as he purchased the rights to Ayn Rand’s epic novel in 1992, and has already had a few attempts to get the film into production fall through on him, but a man can only be oppressed for so long before it is required of him to take matters into his own hands, and refuse to let the system get the best of him.
Aglialoro has made several comments that would make any Rand reader proud, such as:
“For more than 15 years, this has been at studios and there has been a whole dance around who’ll play the iconic roles…Everybody is saying, how can you shoot this movie without a star? We’re shooting it because it’s a good movie with great characters…”
Not only is Aglialoro putting his money where his mouth is by using his own resources to fund a project that he firmly believes in, he’s confident enough in the story to believe that focusing too much on who will star means he’d focus less on the story. If he were only a little bit taller, with a little more of a gleam in his eye, he’d give Howard Roark a run for his money.
Over the years, there’s been several rumors of casting, including talks of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt taking on the roles of Dagny Taggart and John Galt at one point. More recently, Charlize Theron and Maggie Gyllenhaal’s names have popped up on the radar, although, according to Deadline, sources connected with both actresses have said neither has “filming Atlas Shrugged” on the calendar for next month.
Aglialoro may be making a bold move, but he better hope it works out, considering his most recent plan is to turn the novel into four full-length features, using a script he helped write with Brian O’Tool, with unknown director Stephen Polk currently set up to take the helm for this first in the franchise.
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