Unless you’re a diehard Libertarian or the ghost of Ayn Rand herself back from the great beyond come to haunt us all in the spookiest of fashions, you probably haven’t spent that much time paying attention to the Atlas Shrugged film trilogy. If you’re suddenly inspired to trek to the theater and explore the role of man’s mind in existence, the third and final installment of the series — which attempts to answer the all-important question of “Who is John Galt?” — has arrived.
The first trailer for the aptly titled Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt?, directed by James Manera and written by Manera and Harmon Kaslow, promises epic romance, war and all the Ron Paul the silver screen can handle. It’s somewhat of a miracle that the film even exists. After Atlas Shrugged: Part I was a bonafide flop, only managing to bring in lukewarm $4.6 million at the box office, its sequel, Atlas Shrugged II: The Strike managed to perform even worse, grossing a meager $3.3 million. In a move that would definitely make Ayn Rand spin in her grave, a kickstarter campaign was started in order to secure funding for this third film. The Kickstarter aimed for a goal of $250,000 and surpassed with with the help of 3,554 backers to the tune of $446,907.
Check out the new trailer below.
What did the good people of Kickstarter buy? Dagny Taggart (Laura Regan), a role previously shared by the likes of Taylor Schilling and Samantha Mathis, has crash landed quite literally in some sort of Fern Gully-esque dystopia, where a handsome stranger, our mysterious titular John Galt (Kristoffer Polaha) takes her in and introduces her to life the way it’s supposed to be lived. It’s like a Nicholas Sparks movie, but Ron Paul is there and everyone’s yelling about how horrible the world has become.
The trailer is shot in a hazy, glimmery fashion, not unlike a mall glamour shot. Underneath that is a story about a love affair between two people on opposing sides of a tumultuous war and the destruction of modern society, morals about following your beliefs and sticking with them and a whole lot of alarmist imagery. The answer to the identity of John Galt isn’t quiet answered in the trailer, so you’ll have to wait until theaters to figure that one out. Really, if you’re one of the handful who made it out for Atlas Shrugged‘s first and second installments, you have an obligation to attend the third and final, and bring everyone you know. How else are you going to learn about John Galt?
Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt? is in theaters September 12th.